Published by Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court
St. Paul, MN 55117
www.redleafpress.org © 2013 by Suzanne R. Gellens
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First edition 2013
Cover design by Jim Handrigan
Cover photograph © Blend Images Photography/Veer
Interior design by Percolator
Typeset in FF Celeste and Bliss
Illustration on page 8 by Shawn Thomas
Printed in the United States of America
19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 An earlier version of this book was published as Activities That Build the Young Child’s Brain,
© 2007 by Suzanne R. Gellens.
The tips for preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) on pages 55–56 were originally
published in the online article “Reducing the Risk of SIDS” by the American SIDS Institute;
www.sids.org/nprevent.htm. Reprinted with permission.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Building brains : 600 activity ideas for young children / Suzanne R. Gellens.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary: “Building Brains expands young children’s learning with six hundred brain-based,
developmentally appropriate activity ideas. It combines the latest information on brain development
with activities that support children’s learning and enrich any early childhood curriculum.”
— Provided by publisher.
ISBN 978-1-60554-117-4 (pbk.)
1. Early childhood education—Activity programs. 2. Creative activities and seat work
3. Child development. 4. Learning, Psychology of. I. Title.
Printed on acid-free paper