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The Big Book of Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens

- Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula

by Lindsey Joiner


If you work with children over 5 or teenagers in any kind of therapeutic or educational setting then this is a book that will spark your imagination and provide you with a number of invaluable resources.

Whether you work in a group or on a one to one basis; in a formal teaching or therapeutic capacity or a more informal leaders role then this is a book you will welcome on your book shelf. Filled with activities to do with young people to aid them in dealing with a variety of situations such as self esteem issues, negative thoughts or anger management to name but a few you will be glad to have this on hand when planning sessions.

The book is set out in what I think of as a cook book style, with a list of materials required, the purpose of the activity and then a brief but clearly written description of the activity, including easy to scan handouts where required. Not all activities are suitable for all settings, with some specific to day camps or longer group settings but I would be very surprised if there isn't something for everyone here. I think it is worth mentioning that some of the activities have a very American feel on first reading but can easily be adapted to meet other nationalities requirements. And that is for me perhaps one of the beautiful things about this book, most of the activities can easily be tailored to suit individual needs and settings, indeed many of the activities have variations already included.

 

As a counsellor I can honestly say I have and will continue to use some of the activities in the book.



Review by Allison Carroll  (22/05/13)
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A4 Paperback
Price: £19.99
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers from Gardners Books
Published: November 2011
ISBN: 978-1-849-05865-0

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The Growth of Love

- Understanding Five Essential Elements of Child Development

by Keith J. White


The forward being written by the great Sir Richard Bowlby immediately indicates that this is a book that students connecting child care and theology will want to read. However, White himself downplays his academic contribution on the basis that it is the reflections of a practitioner rather than a substantial research project. Over a hundred years of the White family’s lives have been spent in community with damaged children at Mill Grove, the home at the centre of the book. Therefore White has both depth and humanity to offer the reader in this exploration of child development, not a process to be copied but rather a way of life that allows love to grow.

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Review by Naomi Nixon  (28/05/11)
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Paperback
Price: £8.99
Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 09 April 2008
ISBN: 978-1-841-01461-6

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The Story of REinspired

- Developing Creative Partnerships Between Churches and Schools

by David Skinner, Paul Haynes and Jane Earl


Taking the key principles in developing a purposeful relationship between the local church and local schools, this book offers experienced insight to inspire more creative approaches to engaging with schools and resourcing RE sessions. The first part takes measurable steps to focus on getting started from a realistic starting point, remaining open to what the working relationship brings forth as respect deepens and partnership emerges. Having that understanding in place, the second part looks at how to apply it to the activities with children; it includes an appendix of session ideas and helpfully addresses some of the challenges that are always present when working with children. Most chapters conclude with reflective questions to prompt the reader to think further and consider these issues in the context of their own setting. Throughout the book the story of the original group of churches that became REinspired helps remind readers that this is tried and tested, whilst encouraging other churches to take positive steps to begin the journey for themselves.

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Review by Siân Hancock  (16/08/11)
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Price: £8.99
Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 18 February 2011
ISBN: 978-1-841-01771-6

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There Is A Season

- Celebrating the Church Year With Children

by Margaret Pritchard Houston


This book is a brilliant resource for anyone working with children. Whether it is for school, church services, Sunday school, holiday clubs or for family use at home this book is a gold mine of ideas for celebrating the major events in the church year with children. I entirely agree with the author that the book "is an attempt to make the great feasts of Christianity accessible to children in a way that does not dilute their ability to instil awe, wonder and joy" and would add that her attempt is a hugely successful one. The author clearly explains why good liturgy for children is important and her discussion of the theology and reasons behind the approach and content of the book is both well informed and engaging. Indeed, the book is probably as useful as a guide for how to think about children's work, especially children's services, as it is a source of ideas.

The book covers a traditional selection of events, namely: Harvest, All Saints / All Souls, Christmas, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter and Pentecost; the author provides for each a liturgy, suggestions for adding a Eucharist to the liturgy, suggestions for adapting the ideas for use in schools, and ideas for extension activities and for activities at home.

This book was a joy to read. Both the ideas and the approach to children's work will be enormously useful and informative for me personally in the future. If there were to be only one book on children's work available, this should definitely find a place high on the short list.



Review by Tim Hupfield  (13/09/13)
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Stapled A4 Paperback.
Price: £12.99
Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 978-0-281-06911-8

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Through the Eyes of a Child

- New Insights in Theology from a Child’s perspective

by Edited by Anne Richards & Peter Privett


To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations International Year of the Child, this book has been published by Church House Publishing (C of E). The reader must judge whether the contributors to this volume have succeeded in their aim of seeing religious experience through the eyes of a child. Perhaps more importantly the essayists address the still problematic issues of the theology of childhood, children’s theological insights, childhood spirituality, and so on. In spite of decades of observation there still does not seem to be an agreed understanding of the religious development of the child, and certainly no consensus on how that development relates to the adult, and adult religious development. This is a work in progress.

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Review by Ian Gibbs  (12/10/09)
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Price: £19.99
Publisher: Church House Publishing (CHP) part of Hymns Ancient & Modern
Published: January 2009
ISBN: 978-0-715-14088-8

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Top Tips - On Worshipping with under-5s

- Practical Pointers for Anyone Working with Children

by Alison Dayer


This is a short guide (only 30 pages) making it an ideal book to buy if you were thinking of starting a regular worship session for under 5s. This handy little book could be quickly read and digested by your team.
This book will help you work through the whole process of planning a regular under 5s worship slot. It includes thinking about your venue, the music you will use, the time you have and how to structure it, how to do the Bible story and how to pray.
For leaders who don’t manage to read the whole 30 pages there is a single page at the back containing ten Top Tips.
It is all useful and sensible advice, especially good if you are new to working with this age group. If you are a seasoned professional then you might not learn anything new but it is always useful to be reminded of the ground rules. It is easy when working with this age group to spend too long, use complicated language and try too many new things!
One thing missing from this book is the parents. Under 5s tend to be accompanied by a parent or carer to any worship session they might attend. Parents will be joining in with worshipping with their children. This book seems to forget about the parents – make sure you don’t!

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Review by Kathy Bland  (06/02/12)
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Stapled A5 Pbk.
Price: £3.50
Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: November 2011
ISBN: 978-1-844-27568-7

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Top Tips on Prompting Prayer

- Practical pointers for anyone working with Children and Young People

by Sarah Bingham and Vickie Blyth

ISBN: 978-1-844-27322-5
Price: £2.99

Published: 18 January 2008
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