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Preschooler's Busy Book: 365 Creative Games & Activities To Occupy 3-6 Year Olds (Busy Books Series) Paperback – October 1, 1998

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A fabulous resource! -- Early Childhood News, October 1999

For little hands that are eager for action, "The Preschooler's Busy Book" has multitude of answers. "The Busy Book" will offer hours of entertaining activities for parents and their children. As the years go by and the book becomes worn, no doubt many of the activities will have provided a wealth of fond memories. -- Capital Parent, March 1999

Parents, preschool teachers, and caregivers would all find this book a ready resource for each day of the year. -- BookPage, January 1, 1999

This book is written with warmth and sprinkled with humourous and insightful quotes on life with young children. -- Boise Family, May 1999

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Busy Books Series
  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671316338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671316334
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a working mother with an active, highly imaginative 3 1/2 year old. I used to be a teacher and always prided myself on being able to come up with great lesson plans. But with the fast-paced, frantic lifestyle of a working mother trying to succeed at 3 and four full time jobs (career, mother, wife, housekeeper), I have temporarily lost that creative spark.

I was shocked at myself when I realized I had fallen into the easy TV trap and was encouraging my daughter to watch TV so I'd have some time to take care of all of my things. I knew that something else had to be done, but I couldnt' come up with any great ideas on a spur of the moment, and I didn't have time to sit and figure out activities. This book was an exciting discovery. I have expanded the book's idea of a "crazy can" and developed several categories-including activities she can do by herself while I'm making dinner, paying bills, etc, and do-togethers for quality time together. Everything is already planned out for me, so we can use the time we have on the activities, not planning and wondering what is age-appropriate.

They are simple, engaging, creative, and quick enough that they don't over extend short attention spans. Most of the materials are already on hand. And, they are "Mom-tested". The first time I read this book my daugther was asleep and I wanted to wake her up just to do them because I knew how excited she would be. She loves the activities as much as I expected and I am able to decrease her TV time, and increase her mind, and our time together.
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I have gotten a lot of use out of the author's book for toddlers, and feared this book might contain too much overlap, but I figured it was worth a few dollars to find out and I was pleasantly surprised. This edition dives into math, reading readiness and more challenging crafts. Kudos to the author, who could have been lazy but wasn't!
The book is nicely organized and the author writes with humor and affection. A chapter of introduction helps you plan, supply and mentally prepare for those long days when you are running out of ideas, and subsequent chapters organized projects into the following sections: Rainy Day Play; Kids in the Kitchen; Outdoor Adventures; Out and About; Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic and More; Music, Dance and Drama; Arts and Crafts; and Birthdays and Holidays. Most activities are simple to set up, generally using two to four common household items. Appendices list recipes for basic paints, doughs, glues and clay; activities for a Crazy Can (a random drawing setup implementing activities that aren't messy and need little supervision); gifts children can make; best books for young children; 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 3- to 6-Year-Old Busy, says it all. I found quite a few good ideas in this well-organized, friendly guide.
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I ordered the two books together and they are highly recommended. Ms. Kuffner doesn't repeat (much) in the books so it's worth it to have both. My 3 year old and his 11 year old sister love the activities in this book as well as many adults who have played with us.

I have been using both books to put together a homeschool preschool program for my 2 sons, and they're great for that.
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I get a TON of ideas from Preschooler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner. I'm a home daycare provider and I'm always looking for ideas to do with my daycare kids. I don't know what I would do with out this book. It'a MUST have for home daycare providers and parents of small kids
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I love these books. I had The Toddler's Busy Book, too. These books are the source of my most admired activities -- people are so impressed when they see a picture of my daughter in our indoor rice crispie "sandbox". (not all the ideas are that bold!)
My daughter had immune problems as a toddler and we were housebound during the winter in a condo with no yard. I don't know what I would have done without these books!
I love them so much I buy them as gifts for people. My best gift for a mom who is expecting who already has a child is this book (or the Toddler one if more appropriate), along with a rubbermaid storage box with individual baggies filled with some of the projects ready-to-go. During crazy times or when the older child is bored, she just has to pull out one baggie, I have copied the directions sheet and it is already in the bag with the supplies. My finest gift!!! And not expensive, either.
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I purchased this book to find more activities to do with my toddler. It is mostly cooking receipes. I was very disappointed. Most of the activities mentioned were things you could go to Target and get like water coloring. If you love to cook with your child, this would be a great book for you. If you actually want activities instead of cooking, keep shopping.
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I own three of the books in this series, and I have honestly tried really hard to make them useful for our family. I have a four year-old and a one year-old, and I am a stay-at-home mom planning to homeschool. I thought that these books would really help me fill our days with fun, but I have only implemented a few of the activities. I look through the books regularly but find that the activities require quite a lot of prep work for how much "fun" is had by the children -- I don't immediately have the supplies and preparing them takes time too. When I have tried things out, the kids are interested for a few minutes, and then they're done. Many of the activities are just too narrow in their focus to sustain my children for long. Or not child-led enough. I'm not sure. It just doesn't click for us.

For parents of young children looking to enrich their lives, I would instead recommend reading "Heaven on Earth" by Sharifa Oppenheimer. She talks a lot about young child development and what kind of open-ended activities are really healthy and joyful for these little ones — things like having a sand area or wooden blocks or water play. I know these things may seem too obvious on the surface, but WOW they have been powerfully fun for our family! The kids aren't just "occupied," they are truly engaged with this type of imaginative, open-ended sensory play.
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