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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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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
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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.
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.
I have been using both books to put together a homeschool preschool program for my 2 sons, and they're great for that.
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.
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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This book had quite a few ideas to keep our family and our little guy entertained.Published 21 hours ago by Mandy
This book is awesome for a mom who needs ideas on how to keep a very active 2 1/2 year old busy. I also like the activities because it gives myself and toddler activities to do... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Chatagnier
Easy to understand. Great idea. Got this book for Art projects for homeschooling. This book is for toddlers and up. Over the 4th July weekend. We did a couple projects. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Crystal Stansbury
I thought the book was all the toddler needed to keep busy, didn't realize these are actually just activity ideasPublished 1 month ago by Crimson