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The Toddler's Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1 1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy [Paperback]

by Trish Kuffner
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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Book Description

November 1, 1999 0671317741 978-0671317744 1 2 and up
The Toddler’s Busy Book is a must-read for anyone raising or teaching toddlers! This book contains over 365 activities (one for each day of the year) for kids ages 18 months to 3 years, using items found around the home. It shows parents and day-care providers how to prevent boredom during the longest stretches of indoor weather, stimulate a child’s natural curiosity with entertaining math, language, and motor-skills activities, encourage a child’s physical, mental, and emotional growth, celebrate holidays and other occasions with special projects and activities, and keep toddlers occupied during long car trips or while running errands. The Toddler's Busy Book is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight.

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About the Author

Trish Kuffner lives with her husband and five children just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.  She is the author of The Toddler's Busy Book, The Preschooler's Busy Book, The Arts & Crafts Busy Book, and The Wiggle & Giggle Busy Book.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook; 1 edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671317741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671317744
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trish Kuffner lives with her husband and five children just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.

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422 of 432 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Trish Kuffner writes, "Toddlerhood is a precious stage in the life of both parent and child, and one which can be enjoyed immensely if you are prepared to slow down a little, sit on the floor a lot, and worry about picking up the toys only when your child goes to bed at night."
The toddler age is the most mystical age for child and parent - you'll never again have such a rich opportunity to entertain your children with ordinary items and activities!
Kuffner gives us an enormous number of ideas for fun things to do with our children. This is an arts and crafts type of book, and she does something I haven't seen in other activity books. She spends a chapter telling you how to organize for a toddler. She also provides a list of items to buy and old household items to save (dried magic markers, for example).
The rest of the book is laid out equally well. There are chapters on rainy day play, water play, kitchen activities, outdoor adventures, how to entertain the kids when you're on errands or travel, nursery rhymes, learning activities, music, arts & crafts, and even birthday/holiday activities. The appendix lists craft recipes, "crazy can" activities, and best toys/books for toddlers. Very comprehensive and varied.
Reading through this book makes me want to do most of the activities myself if my toddler doesn't want to!
My husband tends toward other fun activities rather than arts and crafts when he entertains the kids. But even he flipped through the book and got interested in some of the activities.
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204 of 211 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for new AND veteran moms alike July 25, 2001
Parents know that it doesn't take expensive toys and gadgets to entertain a toddler. Any old box or wad of tissue paper will do!
When Trish Kuffner put together "The Toddler's Busy Book", she was keenly aware of this fact, being a mother of five herself. Within the over 500 pages, you will find a multitude of ideas for keeping your little darlings busy and entertained, without spending a fortune. In fact, many of the items used in this great book can be found lying around the house.
Ms. Kuffner includes sections on organizing for a toddler, how to plan your activities, what to keep on hand for quick crafting fun, and even ideas for a weekly activity planner. Chapters include topics such as rainy day play, kids in the kitchen, water play, outdoor adventures, and ideas for keeping kids busy on long car rides. You'll also find a large array of favorite nursery rhymes and finger plays, and great ideas to help develop a love for music in your child.
There's an entire section dedicated to crafts and activities, another for birthdays and holidays, and a useful section containing recipes for all types of homemade play doughs, clays, paints, and more. Many of the ideas in this book are so simple, you may find yourself saying "Why didn't I think of that!". Kudos to Ms. Kuffner on creating an excellent resource for parents of busy little toddlers!
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199 of 207 people found the following review helpful
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In the USA we generally refer to a child as being a "toddler" between the ages of 18 months and 3 years of age. However, my 5-year-old "preschooler" enjoys many of the activities in this book as well as his almost 2-year-old sister. I have learned that the best "gift" a parent can give a child is his/her undivided attention for a period of time. I have personally found that by spending one-on-one time with each of my children, even if only for 5-10 minutes one or two times a day, there is a positive change in the daily demeanor and degree of cooperation I get. They look forward to it. It's not that I can't think of things to do with my children, but on one of those really difficult days (I'm sure you know what I mean), it's a big help to glance quickly at some creative simple ideas to choose from. Also, this book comes in handy when a play-date becomes boring or unfriendly. When I am able to redirect the unhappy kids to the kitchen table for a "mommy supervised activity" from this book, the enthusiastic smiles almost always instantly return. When my daughter was born, and big brother's jealousy was on the rise, I used many ideas in this book for the much appreciated one-on-one time... "mommy/big brother time" -- without baby sister. Along with "The Toddler Busy Book", I also recommend another helpful little book filled with positive discipline suggestions for parents of 2-5 year-olds called "The Pocket Parent." I like the easy reference A-Z format of this trouble-shooting guide that addresses many of the most annoying behaviors that too often challenge my sanity. These two books have brought more peace to our family, more cooperation from our children, and more ways for us to enjoy one another.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a blessing for caretakers of young, energetic children February 14, 2003
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I was home with a sick toddler and a cranky youngster the day this book arrived, and it saved me. The first page I flipped to had an idea for a simple game that I put together in two minutes and had us all laughing for twenty. Bless you, Trish Kuffner!
This book is nicely organized. A chapter of introduction helps you plan, supply and mentally prepare for those long days when you are running out of ideas. The author writes with humor and affection. Subsequent chapters are organized into Rainy Day Play, Kids in the Kitchen, Water Play, Outdoor Adventures, Out and About, Nursery Rhymes and Finger Plays, Early Learning Fun, Music and Movement, Arts and Crafts, and Holidays. Most activities are simple to set up, generally using about three or four household items. Appendices list recipes for basic paints, doughs, glues and clay; a list of activities for a Crazy Can (a random drawing of activities that aren't messy and need little supervisoin so you can, for example, get dinner ready); best toys for babies and toddlers; best books for same; and resources. The index lists projects (but not materials, which would be helpful in later editions).
The book subtitle, 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1-1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy, sells the book short, as I've used these ideas successfully with older children as well.
For those of us who are not good at dreaming up artsy fun things-to-do, this book is a wonderful resource. For those of you who *are* good, you will probably still find some fun ideas in this well-organized, friendly guide.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of activities to try
Seems like there is a lot of activities in the book, but some seem a little difficult to mess with. There are plenty to try anyway.
Published 5 days ago by gary
2.0 out of 5 stars Too simple
I'm sure most of the good ideas every mom has tried. Nothing really new, too primitive. My daughter is 21 months old and box of cooking tools or other different stuff are not... Read more
Published 10 days ago by anastasia
2.0 out of 5 stars just okay
If you've been a scout leader or even had kids already, there's not much new here. Disappointed as I wad looking for new ideas for my 2 yr old granddaughter.
Published 13 days ago by Pamela A Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas!
There are many wonderful ideas and suggestions in this book that are great for using with your toddler! A lot of them are free or very inexpensive, which is nice. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Molly H
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Loveee Loveeeee
I love this book! It has a bunch of great ideas! It really come in handy with my 20 month old :)
Published 22 days ago by Samantha Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational
A lot to do and my Grandson really enjoyed this book. Would recommend it. Definitely worth the price. Would buy again.
Published 1 month ago by Judith K.
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas
There were some activities that I liked but some are dated and many I won'r use but it got me thinking in the right direction fo do fun things with my toddler.
Published 1 month ago by Mary A. Frisch
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Parents, Grandparents or Babysitters
Has terrific guidelines for various activities for the ages defined with a multitude of instructions to follow. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jerri
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple, fun ideas, but nothing extraordinary
While the book has a simple layout and some fun ideas, there is nothing in it that you couldn't easliy find on pinterest.
Published 2 months ago by Shawna Adams
3.0 out of 5 stars You already know this stuff
If you never were around small children you might need this book. But most of the ideas you've probably thought of yourself anyway. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lillian Didwell
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