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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Praise for Let’s Play “Let Them Play showed us how to defend play. Jeff and Denita’s second book, Let’s Play, shows us how to play. It is by far the best and most original book of ideas for any early childhood learning environment. I highly recommend it to anyone who works with or cares for young children in any setting, be that a child care center, a family child care home, a preschool environment, or a parent!” —Tracy Hinton, family child care provider “If you wonder what play-based education looks like, this is it. This book makes you rethink your approach to education and will inspire you throughout your day, month, and year. It’s a great read with the right amount of fun, and the sentence ‘A chainsaw would be overkill’ alone will make you laugh out loud. More importantly, this book has made me a better teacher and has given me the research-based confidence to make play the centerpiece of the classroom. I wish someone had put this book into my hands on my first day on the job.” —Peggie Bobo, lead teacher at All Saints School and partner/founder of Small Kids. Big Ideas. “Thank you to Jeff and Denita for writing another meaningful book for lovers of all things play. This one picks up where Let Them Play left off. Full of inspiring ideas, utilizing easy-to-find, yet un- conventional, materials, it will surely spark your imagination. I sent my husband to Home Depot with my first shopping list before I had even finished chapter one!” —Michelle Lewis-Barnes, owner of Busy Bee Preschool “Jeff A. Johnson and Denita Dinger have BIG, messy, imaginative ideas that young children will love and learn from. As a music teacher, I’m especially excited to try the Packing Tape Drum and Not a Rain Stick, but all the adventures are amazing and, best of all, completely play-based. If young children could design their own ‘(un)curriculum,’ it would look a lot like Let’s Play.” —Abigail Flesch Connors, author of 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children “Let’s Play is full of fantastic inspiration for play and sure to spur the imagination of adults and children alike! Filled with possibilities (and variations) for exciting, hands-on play activities, you can pull it out when you need some inspiration, or use it to plan ahead for a more challenging play-filled project to embark on together. Rich with ideas for exploration, this is a must-have resource for anyone looking to enjoy the excitement of playing and learning together with young children. Now, come on—Let’s Play!” —Molly Hughes, family child care provider COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL