Elizabeth Verdick (Author) Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator)
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DescriptionMessy play is growing time--with lots of chances to have unstructured and sensory-rich play all day long. "Hello, dough! Squish Squash Squeeze." Little ones build their gross- and fine-motor skills through play, touch, and--yes--making a big mess. With its bouncy, friendly approach, Messy Time encourages creativity, growth mindset, and messy play throughout the day, indoors and outdoors. "Welcome, rain! Splish Splash Dash." The newest addition to the popular Toddler Tools(R) series, Messy Time, shows joyful, messy play in different environments: with art materials; with mud, sand, and water; in the kitchen; in the garden; in the bathtub. Messy time is growing time, and messy play provides rich sensory experiences and unstructured play. At the back of the book, a section for parents and caregivers has tips for making the most of messy play, including clean-up time. Toddler Tools(R) Series
Daily transitions and routines can be a challenge for any toddler, as well as parents and caregivers. These award-winning, positive books can help ease the many trying "times" that are a part of every toddler's day. Share them before (or during) the desired "time," or whenever toddlers need encouragement with routines. Select titles are available in English-Spanish bilingual editions.
Free Spirit Publishing
March 08, 2022
6.9 X 6.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author
Elizabeth Verdick has been writing books since 1997, the year her daughter was born. Her two children are the inspiration for nearly everything she writes. Before becoming an author, Elizabeth edited books for children and parents. These days she writes books for babies, toddlers, teens, and every age in between. She especially loves creating new board book series--including the Happy Healthy Baby(R) series, which is designed to capture the interest of your littlest readers. Elizabeth's Toddler Tools(R) series helps young children and their parents cope with those tough times and transitions that happen every day (like naptime and bedtime). In the Best Behavior(R) series, she helps toddlers reach new milestones and improve their day-to-day behavior. Elizabeth also enjoys getting the chance to look at the funny side of life in the Laugh and Learn(R) series, which helps kids ages 8-13 get a handle on the social-emotional skills they're developing throughout the elementary and middle school years. She's also coauthor of The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (And Their Parents), which offers kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Elizabeth lives with her family and five pets near St. Paul, Minnesota. Marieka Heinlen received her BFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She launched her career as an award-winning children's book illustrator with Hands Are Not for Hitting and has illustrated all of the books in the Best Behavior(R) and Toddler Tools(R) series. Marieka focuses her work on books and other materials for children, teens, parents, and teachers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband, son, and daughter.