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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]

Trish Kuffner
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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956 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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431 of 441 people found the following review helpful
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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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207 of 214 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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203 of 212 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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73 of 77 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quick Ship, Just as described
Published 9 days ago by lori shaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Eh
This was not very creative with ideas they were pretty basic not really worth purchasing the book to get these toddler activities regretted purchase
Published 21 days ago by Faith Webster
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Good Ideas
This book has some good ideas for kids 1yr - 3yrs. You really have to sift around the book and mark what works for your little ones, but it's super handy to have on a shelf and... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Honest Abe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book with wonderful ideas. Very helpful and with good information. Really gives sensory activities to keep kids engaged! Highly recommend this!
Published 1 month ago by Shopper 24
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for my daughter and grandson
I bouight it to keep my grandson busy for the summertime and i think he likes it good enough ok
Published 1 month ago by Mandana Montezeri
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book filled with great ideas but...
I do believe that this is a great book with many great ideas, however, I was hoping for a book with more activities that don't involve me having to go out and buy things just to be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by arfan husain
5.0 out of 5 stars Toddler's Busy Book
I Recommend This Item! It Came Quickly And Was Immediately Accepted By The Mother Of The Child It Was Intended For.
Published 1 month ago by Kent Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book :)
I love this book and the activities it includes! My daycare kiddos also enjoy them. I would recommend this. :)
Published 1 month ago by Tina Langley
5.0 out of 5 stars More things to do and one book
The toddler's busy book was extremely helpfull in my line of work it has more games than you ever could ask for in one book
Published 1 month ago by Rita Reardon
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Cute
Super cute ideas in this book. You can go through and bookmark projects that would be appropriate for your younger toddler and then go back when the child is older to find more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Olivia Burns
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