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Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Wonderplay: Turn Off the Television

Wonderplay, Too, the follow-up to the popular parent’s guide to active child’s play, Wonderplay, by Fretta Reitzes, director of the 92nd Street Y’s Lillian & Sol Goldman Family Center for Youth & Family, and Beth Teitelman, former director of the Parenting Center, has received enthusiastic reviews from an impressive lineup of experts.

Tiki Barber, former NFL star player for the New York Giants, is an NBC news and sports broadcaster and author
This book is a big winner for parents with young kids. Both parents and kids can find creative ways to have fun together. It’s a terrific way to bring the great children’s activities from the 92nd Street Y into your own home, while being practical, easy to use and educational at the same time.

Michael Thompson, PhD, psychologist, lecturer, author of New York Times best-seller Raising Cain
No one understands the nature of children’s play better than Fretta Reitzes and Beth Teitelman. So, turn off the television, throw out the videos, buy a copy of Wonderplay, Too and start having some genuine, old-fashioned fun with your kids. Every page of Wonderplay, Too is a treasure trove of creative ideas for terrific activities that any parent can enjoy with her or his children. As I read through the book, I was practically shouting, “Yes, yes of course, every child would love this!” My fingers itched to get out the cardboard and crepe paper to make a sun, or to fill the sink with water and get out the measuring cups and the funnel for water play. 

imageGail Saltz, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, The New York Presbyterian Hospital and NBC TODAY show contributor
With wisdom, common sense and a big dollop of “joie de vive” Fretta Reitzes and Beth Teitelman have created a manual for parents and young children to have wonderful fun together. Many years of experience through the 92nd street Y means they have their pulse on how children’s minds and bodies develop, what is really fascinating, challenging and engaging to them. If you are looking to encourage your child’s curiosity, independent thought, self expression and have alot of fun together… then you have come to the right “place.”

Barbara Seuling, children’s book author
Parents will jump for joy to have this incredible resource, especially when children are housebound. The activities are imaginative, fun, and easy to share with active young ones. I will now enjoy going through it page by page, wishing there were a four year old close by so I could investigate some of these wonderful-sounding activities. I’ve always loved this kind of book—such an assortment of riches to try!

Purchasing info and sample pages are available here. If you’re in the New York area, you can also learn more about the Y’s Wonderplay: Early Childhood Learning program in person.

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