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Smart Play Smart Toys
by Stevanne Auerbach   

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· Dr. Toy's Smart Play/Smart Toys
· The Contest:: A Novel
· Choosing Childcare
· Toys for a Lifetime: Enhancing Childhood Through Play
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Publisher:  ICR ISBN-10:  0978554000 Type: 
Pages: 

245

Copyright:  Dec 9 2009 ISBN-13:  9780978554002
Non-Fiction

Completely updated "Smart Play Smart Toys" gives parents and teachers new advice on using playtime for learning development.

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How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q. Play Quotient.

Nationally and Internationally renowned toy expert and child development specialist Dr. Stevanne Auerbach, better known as "Dr. Toy," has published the newly revised and updated book title Dr. Toy’s Smart Play Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High PQ.  This comprehensive guide helps parents select the best toys and games for developing “Play Quotient” (PQ), the extent to which a child plays.

“Many people think play is trivial, but it isn't,” said Dr. Toy.  “Play is vital for the developing mind because it allows children to extend their imagination, resourcefulness, social interaction, problem-solving skills and resilience."

The book helps parents navigate the thousands of toy and play options available, offers tips on how to evaluate toy safety, and provides 160 activities that enhance PQ.  In addition, it identifies gender-specific and age-appropriate toys, important craft supplies for playtime and hundreds of ways to make play a life-long and nurturing experience.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 


Excerpt

Do you recall what it was like to be a child at play, excited about discovery, eager to learn? First came shapes, colors, and sounds. Then there were toys.
The toys a child plays with can unlock the door to learning, and each new experience helps to turn the key. How much did we learn through our play? How much can your child learn? You'll be surprised.
Take a moment and touch different objects around you—feel the textures: water, stucco, wood, plastic, glass, paper, fabric, skin, hair. Most of us have forgotten the sheer joy of such discoveries!
Listen to sounds: laughter, talking, music, traffic, planes overhead, birds singing.
And the smells! Take in the aroma of food cooking with spices, sniff a bouquet of flowers, inhale the scent of newly cut grass or freshly baked bread.
Listen. Smell. Touch. See the things around you as a child sees them. Your child delights in each discovery from the simple to the complex. A baby absorbs information by reaching and touching, exploring the world with fingers and toes and mouth, and making contact with people and things.
If you observe your child playing, you’ll discover the learning processes he moves through at each stage of his development. If you are involved with these stages, you can experience the same magic your child is feeling.
As your little one grows, you provide toys to enhance his or her play. In this book I want to help you identify specifics that will bring results and to find the right toy for the right stage of your child’s progress.
You will learn which kinds of toys improve observation and skills—and how to properly use these playthings so your child’s thinking, feeling, self-expression, and physical dexterity are enhanced.
Our job as parents is to protect our children. I’ll point out basics of well-designed, sturdy, and safe products. You’ll learn what to look for when selecting a toy. You’ll be provided with plenty of tips on how to introduce a toy to your child, how to gain his interest, and how to keep it.
You will find out how to balance your world with your child’s play world and, most important of all, you’ll learn to respect and understand the importance of play for children.
You are your child’s first “Big Toy.” So the more you know about yourself, your child’s development, and her play, the more you’ll be able to use toys and yourself as learning and skill-building tools.
Although learning follows a sequence of gradual stages, each child learns at her own rate. Children cannot be pushed, pulled, rushed, or hurried. By absorbing, practicing, learning from mistakes, but most of all through discovery, each will advance as his individuality dictates. This natural drive to discover through play becomes the essence of a happy childhood.
You will find out how to encourage your child’s “P.Q.,” his Play Quotient. As your child’s “Play Guide,” not only will you help your young one learn more, you’ll also teach the skills to be happier and get along better with others.
You can easily enhance your son or daughter’s “Play Quotient” once you know how to choose toys carefully. And I think you’ll enjoy playing as well. A playful parent encourages a child to be playful—a more playful child is a more aware, smarter, and more resilient one. The benefits to the whole family are enormous.
And do I need to mention how your whole relationship with your child will be strengthened?
Let’s get you started as your child’s “Play Guide.”
Let’s play!


CHAPTER ONE
The Importance of Play and Toys

Children love toys. From the colorful mobile overhead that attracts a baby’s attention, to the tower of LEGOs built by your little architect, well-designed toys stimulate your child’s mind.
Young ones absorb messages from toys through all stages of their growth. The kinds of toys selected and how your youngster plays with them will influence how well she meets her learning potential. Choosing the right toys for her play is not easy. It can be a real challenge to find the right product, at the right time, for the right price.
And once you’ve done the above, there’s the added challenge of getting the maximum value from the toy.
We’ve all heard about IQ (Intelligence Quotient). It is a classic predictor of your child’s mental ability. I believe that your child’s “PQ,” his “Play Quotient,” is an equally vital factor which affects how well your young one will attain the best of his physical, creative, and intellectual potentials.
Play is your child’s work. Through play children practice the basic skills needed in the classroom—and in life. Guided play in the right environment will help your child gain the tools she needs to sharpen her thinking, and heighten her sensitivity.
To assist your child in succeeding with skill building, we will look at the different ways your child uses toys, and you’ll become informed about finding the right toys, and skilled at helping your child expand his or her PQ.




Professional Reviews

Dr. Stevanne Auerbach really understands children
Dr. Stevanne Auerbach really understands children, play and toys. This book is a wonderful resource for parents, teachers and everyone who works and plays with children.

Michael B. Rothenberg, MD.
Professor Emeritus
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics University of Washington, School of Medicine Co-author, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care (1985, 1992)


I'm delighted to know that Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys will be available to guide parents.
I'm delighted to know that Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys will be available to guide parents. It is filled with informed wisdom, inexpensive suggestions and ideas for a lot of fun Enjoy!
Dorothy W. Hewes, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Child and Family Development
San Diego State University


A terrific help for parents & teachers in picking playthings.
Play is the work of the young. Through play, children grow -- physically, emotionally and cognitively. "Dr. Toy," Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., helps readers to find the toys and playthings that will best advance this growth. This comprehensive book demonstrates a deep understanding of the different needs children have at every phase of their development and provides specific guidelines for choosing toys, computer software, musical instruments and a host of other items children can play with.

Sally Wendkos Olds, coauthor, "A Child's World: Infancy through Adolescence" and "The Complete Book of Breastfeeding."

Sally Wendkos Olds, coauthor, "A Child's World: Infancy through Adolescence" and "The Complete Book of Breastfeeding."

• I'm delighted to know that Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys will be available to guide parents. It is filled with informed wisdom, inexpensive suggestions and ideas for a lot of fun Enjoy!
Dorothy W. Hewes, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Child and Family Development
San Diego State University

• Play truly is the work of childhood. Stevanne Auerbach (Dr. Toy) offers both practical advice and subtle insights for parents on how they can help their children make the most of play without spending a lot of money. This is really useful stuff!
Lawrence Kutner, Ph.D.
Child Behavior Columnist
Parent’s Magazine

• Play, especially active, creative, and educational play, helps children develop such basic social and academic skills as concentration, problem solving, communication, and cooperation. Factors such as safety, durability, flexibility, and age appropriateness complicate the challenge parents’ face in choosing the right toys for their children at the right time. Auerbach applies her scientific but not preachy expertise to that challenge. She relies as much on common sense and parenting insight as on scholarly research to suggest toys ranging from brooms and plastic cups to books and watercolors to amuse, stimulate, and activate children. Individual chapters describe developmental progress from infancy through age 12, advising age-appropriate toys and products as well as items for children with special needs. For backup to the book, Auerbach, familiar to many for her syndicated column, "Dr. Toy," maintains a Web site for toy evaluation.

Kathryn Carpenter
Booklist ALA

• This book could save your child’s childhood. Even though Smart Play/Smart Toys is written by someone who calls herself Dr. Toy, the book is much more about smart parenting than it is about toys. Yes, the book has a great deal to tell us about toys. But it's really not for parents who are looking for things to keep their kids occupied, busy, out of what remains of their parental hair. Toys, in Dr. Toy's remarkably informed view, are tools for good parenting. The right toy is the one that helps the parent connect to their children, and vice versa. In many ways, this is a great book for grandparents, because it takes the perspective of a grandparent to realize how incredibly valuable it can be to take the time play with your children - for the growth of the parent as well as the child.

Bernard DeKoven
Dr. Fun

• A terrific help for parents & teachers in picking playthings. Play is the work of the young. Through play, children grow -- physically, emotionally and cognitively. "Dr. Toy," Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., helps readers to find the toys and playthings that will best advance this growth. This comprehensive book demonstrates a deep understanding of the different needs children have at every phase of their development and provides specific guidelines for choosing toys, computer software, musical instruments and a host of other items children can play with.

Sally Wendkos Olds, coauthor, "A Child's World: Infancy through Adolescence" and "The Complete Book of Breastfeeding."

• Dr. Stevanne Auerbach’s new book, “Dr. Toy’s Smart Play Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High PQ* (Play Quotient)” is an ideal gift for a new parent or one with older kids who’s interested in expanding their child’s interests and play opportunities. What Dr. Toy has created is a simple, easy-to-follow guide for selecting age-appropriate toys or play opportunities for your child or grandchild that addresses specific needs of children at different stages of their development. Dr. Toy is not some “ivory tower” sort of child psychologist whose experience is learned from books. She is practical, down-to-earth, and a seasoned mother and grandmother. She explains, in lay terms, the role of play in developing a well rounded, resilient child. She helps parents understand a child’s developmental stages and what’s needed at each one: how to direct a child’s play into new areas; how to use toys wisely; how to purchase smartly; and why playing together helps strengthen relationships between parent and child. I loved this book and recommend it for all parents, especially new ones. The book is available at toy stores or online at www.educationalinsights.com or www.drtoy.com.
Ranny Levy - Founder and President
Coalition for Quality Children's Media
KIDS FIRST! Film and Video Festival
http://www.kidsfirst.org

• "This book helps parents navigate the thousands of toy and play options
available, offers tips on how to play from baby to older children, evaluate toy safety, and provides 160 activities that enhance PQ. In addition, it identifies gender-specific and age-appropriate toys, important supplies for playtime and hundreds of ways to make play a life-long and nurturing experience for the whole family. More than anything else, it's written by Dr. Toy, my mentor. She is selfless in her dedication in bringing the best possible educational strategies to kids and their parents through play with toys. She is totally amazing!" ~

Jodie Lynn, author of Mommy-CEO, revised edition, CEO, of Parent to
Parent Adding Wisdom Award and columnist, www.ParentToParent.com.


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Reader Reviews for "Smart Play Smart Toys"

Reviewed by Suzanne Tabor 4/22/2011
So great to see books like these available. I have worked with children for many years and many parents do not know the simple value of "play" and how it relates to gross and fine motor skills that affect learning skills. Thank you Suzanne


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Smart Play Smart Toys

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Choosing Childcare

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