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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Published by Redleaf Press 10 Yorkton Court St. Paul, MN 55117 © 2013 by Suzanne R. Gellens All rights reserved. Unless otherwise noted on a specific page, no portion of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photo­ copying, recording, or capturing on any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in a critical article or review to be printed in a magazine or newspaper, or electronically transmitted on radio, television, or the Internet. 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; Reprinted with permission. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Gellens, Suzanne.    Building brains : 600 activity ideas for young children / Suzanne R. Gellens.        p. cm.    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.   LB1139.35.A37G46 2012   372.21—dc23                                                             2012007940 Printed on acid-free paper COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL