- Age Range: 2 and up
- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (November 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671317741
- ISBN-13: 978-0671317744
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 460 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 1st Edition
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"A godsend! It's packed with quick-and-easy activities that will keep your toddler creatively stimulated, entertained, and busy for hours." --Penny Warner, author of Baby Play & Learn
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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We have enjoyed lots of activites with this book, and while its not arranged by age groups, parents should be somewhat aware of what their child as an individual will be able to do/enjoy. If you have a two year old who likes to put small objects in their mouth then dont do those activities-its that simple! But the amount of games and ideas are good for a variety of stages in your toddlers development and can be great spur of the moment activities.
My only complaint (and this is nothing against Mrs. Kuffner's books) is that because I live overseas in a developing country the "everyday" items to use are extremely rare for me to find. In the States, it's fantastic! With the internet I can get almost everything, but I can't find some "everyday" items (such as spray paint). This is only a warning to anyone who might be considering these books and is living in developing nations (I know from experience that developed nations have almost all of the items she recommends readily available). For instance, flour is a precious commodity here and I won't use it to make fingerpaints or playdough.
That said, I have recommended these books to other expats living here wanting to create their own homeschool programs for their preschoolers. Many of her ideas are even fascinating for my 11 year old.
I like the fact that she proposes recycling things you have in your home, but many games still require lots of planning and buying stuff. I feel like I need to read the whole book, choose activities for the kids and plan ahead, which I like doing, but it's not a book you can just refer to in a pinch when you have screaming bored toddlers.
I also find that some of the materials are a little dated, for example there's mention of using cassettes and tape recorders, which I'm almost sure many current households don't have.
Overall I like the book because it *does* have ideas that as a first time parent living far away from family would not have occurred to me.