- Paperback: 444 pages
- Publisher: Meadowbrook; Original edition (November 27, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743223446
- ISBN-13: 978-0743223447
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,435,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Children's Busy Book : 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 6- to 10-year Old Busy Paperback – November 27, 2001
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Let’s look at some of the chapter headings: rainy days, indoor Olympics, fun outdoors, my family and me, arts and crafts, and holiday fun. Under these headings the reader will find some traditional games like jump rope and hopscotch, marbles and card games. There are some great recipes in the kids in the kitchen section like oatmeal pancakes and Teriyaki chicken. In the math area there are activities like naming that coin and calendar games. Budding scientists learn how to make rock candy crystals fossils, and invisible ink. For a family project children might want to research a family tree, create a scrapbook or set up a “praise box.”
In the Appendix, Kuffner lists more suggestions for reading, resources for parents, and an index of supplies needed to complete or create the projects. This book leaves nothing to be desired. Everything needed is clearly delineated and indexed. The guide is a valuable resource to be placed on the shelves of parents, camp counselors, librarians and teachers. Just the thing to reach for as soon as an adult hears a child say, “I’m bored.”
There are tons of card games, how to do semaphore, sign language, braille, secret codes, things to do with plants, gardening, rocks, indoor and outdoor games, kitchen activities, cleaning fun, math and word games and science experiments.
Anyone will find at least a hundred new ideas. This is a well done book and resource for parents or people with kids in their life.
Rainy Days * Kitchen and Food * Fun Outdoors * On the Move (in the car etc) * Homework Help * Making Memories * Arts and Crafts * Holidays
I SO agree with the author when she writes "The games and activities you set in motion will encourage your child to be creative, to think, and to interact with others, which most computer games, DVDs and T programs won't do." A big AMEN to that! This is a book that you are unlikely to read in one go BUT it is a book that you will go to on a regular basis to gain inspiration. This book may well be a jump start to create your own games and crafts etc.
How many of us see a rainy afternoon as a blessing?! Maybe you will after reading this book! As the author suggests, do not let the temptation of computer games, TV etc overtake you. Get creative!
Please note that there are not illustrations for every activity. Most are just writing. However there are a few and American Sign Language, Braille and Morse Code etc are illustrated for obvious reasons!
As a family we LOVE to play cards so I was excited to see a great variety of card games listed in here. How about some indoor gardening or maybe start a coin collection? There are even ideas on how to put on indoor Olympics!
If your children are anything like ours they LOVE to help in the kitchen. There are many recipes included in this book, some requiring cooking and others that do not.
As for outdoor games. there will likely be some that you already know about and do but some will be fresh. Others may have got lost in the memories of time and so this book will help refresh that memory!
The homework helper covers all the subjects - English, math, science, geography etc!
The holidays covered are Valentine's, St. Patrick's, Easter, Canada Day, Independence Day, Halloween. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
A great resource book! Pages and pages of suggestions so even if you do not like one, you will like another. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!