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Learning Games: Exploring the Senses Through Play

By Jackie Silberg
Miss Jackie Music Company

5000 West 112th St
Leawood, Kansas 66211

Learning Games: Exploring the Senses Through Play is a paperback book about creating activities that engage the five senses. Each of the first five chapters focuses on one of the senses (hearing, seeing, touching, smelling, and tasting) with activities specifically geared to enhance each area. After each activity, the author suggests a book that can help you tie in literature with your child's learning of the senses. Chapter 6 includes activities that involve all five senses to broaden the learning that has taken place in the previous chapters. Also included is a list of other resources on the topic of the five senses.

This book can be used as a resource for planning activities for children that are on the early childhood level, especially if they respond well to sensory input. This book uses a kinesthetic approach, but it can be incorporated into a typical school day regardless of the method of teaching.

I like the fact that literature is used to enhance each activity. However, I think it is essential to keep in mind that not every child will find that aspect of the activity appealing. Using discernment on how much of the activity to complete, according to your child's leanings, will help you achieve a fun and rewarding experience. Also, if you are looking for activities for children who are on a cognitive level that is lower than the preschool level, there will be several activities in this book that you will not be able to complete. Several of the activities require the child to follow directions and do certain tasks independently, so keep this in mind.

This book is a great resource when you need a fresh idea to explore with your child. When I used these activities with preschool-aged children, they enjoyed them immensely. Children at this age like to keep moving, and the activities in this book definitely achieve that goal. The book is reasonably priced and well worth every penny. I would highly recommend this book for any parent of a preschool child.

Product review by Christy Sensenig, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, April 2007

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