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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
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.
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.
This book is wonderful to pull out on a rainy day. Especially, when I don't want to plop my two preschoolers in front of the television. I like it that most of the activities in this book require simple materials that I already have in my house, making the projects tremendously inexpensive or free. The author has helpful suggestions for independent activities preschoolers can do during the dreaded "witching hour" and also solid suggestions of books preschoolers should be reading from the library. Some of the activities/suggestions are basic, but, my children have enjoyed them regardless. I've purchased this book many times for gifts for my friends, as well. It is a welcome resource and counter-attack to the dreaded "I'm bored, Mommy" comment.
I didn't think this book was very creative or offered much in the way of new and interesting activities. I haven't actually even picked it back after in the initial scan of it. I was pretty disappointed. That said, if you don't have many ideas of your own to start with, this may be worth looking at.
My son enjoyed some of the activities in the toddler book, so I got this one too and had about the same reaction. There's a lot of good ideas in here to keep kids busy, but a lot of them need prep time. None of the activites they list are hard to do, but there aren't a lot of "spur of the moment" ideas. The best thing to do is to read the entire book, pick out 3-5 activities you think your child(ren) would like, and put the materials for those activities in a set place, like a box or a bin. When the kids get bored with those activities, go back to the book and start over. All in all I like this book series, it's got a lot of great ideas. Just expect to lay a little groundwork...