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Learn With Play!

Children learn best through play. This book is full of ideas.

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Fun ways for children to learn through play

I firmly believe that children learn best through play, so I am thrilled to share the new Learn With Play book! Full of activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten aged children, this book features over 150 favorite activities from over 90 kid’s activities bloggers – including yours truly. We have released the book in three different formats so that you can hopefully find one that works perfectly for your family:

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Here are a couple of sample pages so you can get an idea of how the book looks. The little circles on the edges of the pages are only available in the paperback book. They code the activity by age level so that you can see quickly which activities will work for your kids.


The activities in this book use easy-to-find materials, are inexpensive, and are activities that your child will enjoy over and over again. They promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and pretend play. Many of the activities are easy enough that a parent can use them to connect with their child at the end of a busy day; others are designed to keep your child busy so that you can get things done around the house!3DCoverwhitebg

There are three different book formats available:

I’m a huge fan of paper books for crafts and activities especially (my kids look through them to find ideas), but the Kindle edition and eBook are more affordable, not to mention they won’t take up space on your bookshelf. The PDF eBook is on sale this week only (through July 14th) for $9.95.

Whether you buy the book or not, I hope you take some time today to play with your kids, and to sit and watch them play. Play is a wonderful way for parents to connect with children. I learn so much by playing with and watching my kids play, and when I join in with their play I feel rejuvenated. Take a minute, and relive the joy of childhood!

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

12 thoughts on “Learn With Play!”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    I read recently that autistic children can learn certain concepts – in this case it was vowel sounds – easily when they are at the top of a jump on the trampoline. The feeling of ecstasy floating up in the air stimulates their ability to learn. I thought that was an amazing example of what I have long believed about the effectiveness of learning through play. What a beautiful resource you have helped put together to promote more of that joyful learning in our kids’ lives!

    1. That is really fascinating about the trampoline and jumping! I can see how it would work. I am thrilled to be part of this resource for parents and educators!

  2. What an amazing deal! I just purchased and there are so many cool ideas in this book. I can’t wait to sit down and read it cover to cover. The wall mosaic looks like so much fun and we already have everything we would need. Maybe I’ll set it up so it’ll be ready for my kids when they wake up in the morning. That would make me an awesome mom. Thanks so much for the discount. It really does seem like it’s worth every penny!

  3. This is so fantastic that you’re published! I also believe kids learn best through play. It’s like they’re wired to learn that way, and the minute their curiosity is fizzled or it becomes a drain, then it’s not as effective anymore.

  4. I agree 100% that kids, especially young ones, learn best through play. My favorite what-I-thought-of-as-a-toy-store as a kid was called the Early Learning Center. I definitely think I’d like this book even though I don’t have kids (but sometimes am one at heart :) ).

    1. I adore stores like the Early Learning Center, and I think there is something in this book for all ages to enjoy, especially the young at heart. :)

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