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May 9, 1931

The Creative Home.

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By Ivah Everett Deering. With an introduction by Joseph Lee, President Playground and Recreation Association of America. Cloth. Price, $1.50. Pp. 180, with illustrations. New York: Richard R. Smith, Inc., 1930.

JAMA. 1931;96(19):1645. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720450087031

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The home is the most important of the factors of environment bearing on the development of the child. Consequently, it is advisable that parents understand how to make the home as productive as possible. In this book there are suggestions concerning methods of fostering the native powers of the child through creative play. The list of plays described is not exhaustive but illustrates a wide range of the child's exploration in speech, poetry, play with dolls and blocks, and watching birds and animals. The activities suggested are simple and do not require special apparatus or materials. The author has not attempted to give a detailed manner in which the parent should handle each situation but rather has tried to lay a groundwork on which the parent can build a knowledge of practical methods. She shows the vital importance of appreciation without exaggerated praise of the child's behavior, and points out

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