The Toddler's Busy Book: 365 Creative Learning Games and Activities to Keep Your 1 1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy

The Toddler's Busy Book: 365 Creative Learning Games and Activities to Keep Your 1 1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy

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by Trish Kuffner, Laurel Aiello
     
 

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The Toddler’s Busy Book should be required reading for anyone raising or teaching toddlers, it is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight.

Toddler's Busy Book contains 365 screen-free activities (one for each day of the year) for one-and-a-half- to three-year-olds using things found around the home. It shows

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The Toddler’s Busy Book should be required reading for anyone raising or teaching toddlers, it is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight.

Toddler's Busy Book contains 365 screen-free activities (one for each day of the year) for one-and-a-half- to three-year-olds using things found around the home. It shows parents, babysitters, and daycare providers how to:

—Save money by making your own supplies of “magic mud,” all-purpose bubble solution, homemade face paint, edible egg-yoke paint (for cookies), peanut butter playdough, and ornamental frosting.

—Get organized for your toddler by keeping a “baker’s box” full of unbreakable cooking tools in the kitchen your child can help with or play with; make a “busy bag” full of toys and stuffed animals for your child when you take him to the doctor or hairdresser. Or make a “crazy can” full of stuff that’s fun to play with so when you don’t know what to do next, just reach for the crazy can.

—Prevent boredom during even the longest stretches of rainy or cold weather with ideas for indoor play like “hide the beanbag,” or making a homemade sandbox (fill a cardboard box or plastic baby bathtub with puffed wheat cereal or foam packing peanuts), or suspend balloons from the ceiling and give your child a plastic baseball bat or a gift-wrap tube to bat the balloons, or set up a “tickle trunk” to hold a variety of hats, wigs, masks and costume jewelry and princess crowns for imaginative play.

—Get your child moving by making a “toddler obstacle course,” or by paint-dancing, or by holding a “mini olympics,” or by dancing (when the music starts) and falling down (when the music stops), or Jell-O jumping (in the bathtub).

—Learn how to expand your child’s arts and crafts horizons by learning how to make a “popcorn picture” (with popcorn, construction paper, and a glue stick); a “gift-wrap collage”; fingerpaint in the bathtub, or make an “apple smile” (with a red apple and peanut butter).

—Help children learn to have fun in the kitchen making fruit popsicles, zoo sandwiches, “mud balls” (using peanut butter and honey), “ants on a log” (using celery, peanut butter and raisins), and peanut butter sculptures (they’re fun to make and fun to eat).

—Get your child started with music and rhythm by making a coffee can drum, a kazoo (starting with an empty toilet paper roll), or inviting your child to “strum” on corrugated cardboard with a spoon,

—Show your child how to have fun with water by playing catch with water balloons (outdoors on a hot day), or inviting your child to catch bubbles you blow towards her; or by making a “toddler sprinkler” by punching holes in the bottom of a large plastic milk jug. Or make two cups of Kool Aid in different flavors; ask your child to pour the two cups into the mixing bowl and mix the Kool Aid with a whisk or eggbeater, to see what color it will be. Then give your child a funnel and ask her to scoop the water into a cup and pour it through the funnel into an empty soda bottle—which your child can drink, when thirsty.

—Teach your child about colors, numbers, letters and body parts: cut an apple open and count the seeds—then eat the apple slices, or play the color game in the supermarket (identifying fruits and vegetables of different colors), or ask your child to point to different body parts as you name them, or pour sand into a pie plate and ask your child to draw letters in the sand.

—Celebrate holidays and birthdays with special projects and activities by making Halloween face paint, a Thanksgiving Turkey (starting with a small paper plate), a “Jack o’ Orange, a “stars and stripes” sponge painting, a shamrock necklace, a birthday memory book, valentine cookies, or a Rudolph sandwich.

—Make car trips and walks around the block more fun by teaching your child nursery rhymes and finger plays, including “Five Little Monkeys” (use fingers to indicate the number of monkeys), or recite “Walking Through the Jungle” while taking a walk and miming the actions; or, recite a familiar nursery rhyme and pause when you come to the rhyming word; see if your child can fill in the blank.

—Teach your child practical skills like picking up all the stuffed animals (or toys) on the floor and throwing them into a laundry basket (you can say, “Let’s play “basket bear!”) or washing vegetables (it’s like washing your hands), or by washing the floor with a sponge and soapy water in a bucket (which turns your child into your helper).

—Lure your child to bed at night with a “jungle safari” which involves searching for stuffed animals in the bedroom with a flashlight.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671317744
Publisher:
Meadowbrook
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Series:
Busy Books Series
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
146,179
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet 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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The Toddler's Busy Book: 365 Creative Learning Games and Activitied to Keep Your 11/2-to 3 Year Old Busy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the USA we generally refer to a child as being a "toddler" between the ages of 18 months and 3 years of age. However, my 5-year-old "preschooler" enjoys many of the activities in this book as well as his almost 2-year-old sister. I have learned that the best "gift" a parent can give a child is his/her undivided attention for a period of time. I have personally found that by spending one-on-one time with each of my children, even if only for 5-10 minutes one or two times a day, there is a positive change in the daily demeanor and degree of cooperation I get. They look forward to it. It's not that I can't think of things to do with my children, but on one of those really bad days (I'm sure you know what I mean), it's a big help to get some creative simple ideas to choose from at a glance. Also, this book comes in handy when a play-date becomes boring or unfriendly. When I am able to redirect the unhappy kids to the kitchen table for a "mommy supervised activity" from this book, the enthusiastic smiles almost always instantly return. When my daughter was born, and big brother's jealousy was on the rise, I used many ideas in this book for the much appreciated "mommy/big brother time" and "daddy/son time" without baby sister. I learned about the importance of one-on-one time with my children in "The Pocket Parent," my compassionate A-Z trouble-shooting guide that has saved my sanity many times. These two books have brought more peace to our family, more cooperation from our children, and more ways for us to enjoy one another. Also recommended:
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trish Kuffner's, The Toddler's Busy Book was exactly what I was looking for. She breaks the book up into activities for indoors, outdoors, etc. The ideas are very easy to follow, the supplies are fairly simple. Many items we had laying around the house. As a stay at home mom, I was getting bored with just playdough and crayons. This book is easy to flip through and find a new, short activity to do. There is not much prep work needed for each activity. As a former teacher, I found the activities to be developmentally appropriate for 1 1/2 -3 year olds.
Jacqueline Morley More than 1 year ago
Seriously annoyed by the silly suggestions. Nothing in here has excited me and the TWO that has were not a hit with my kid. Stay at home mom annoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my daughter who has two children 15 months apart. She called and said that it was wonderful because she was able to come up with games and things to do that stimulated their attention using items she had around the house. She said it was a definite "must buy"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of time an money....annoyed mommy
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the USA we generally refer to a child as being a ¿toddler¿ between the ages of 18 months and 3 years of age. However, my 5-year-old ¿preschooler¿ enjoys many of the activities in this book as well as his almost 2-year-old sister. I have learned that the best ¿gift¿ a parent can give a child is his/her undivided attention for a period of time. I have personally found that by spending one-on-one time with each of my children, even if only for 5-10 minutes one or two times a day, there is a positive change in the daily demeanor and degree of cooperation I get. They look forward to it. It's not that I can¿t think of things to do with my children, but on one of those really bad days (I¿m sure you know what I mean), it¿s a big help to get some creative simple ideas to choose from at a glance. Also, this book comes in handy when a play-date becomes boring or unfriendly. When I am able to redirect the unhappy kids to the kitchen table for a ¿mommy supervised activity¿ from this book, the enthusiastic smiles almost always instantly return. When my daughter was born, and big brother¿s jealousy was on the rise, I used many ideas in this book for the much appreciated ¿mommy/big brother time¿ and ¿daddy/son time¿ without baby sister. I learned about the importance of one-on-one time with my children in ¿The Pocket Parent,¿ my compassionate A-Z trouble-shooting guide that has saved my sanity many times. These two books have brought more peace to our family, more cooperation from our children, and more ways for us to enjoy one another.
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Kristin Guld More than 1 year ago
I have seen many activity books but this one offers nothing new or unique. Nothing I couldn't think of myself.
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SDR26 More than 1 year ago
I used this book for an internship I was doing in a Toddler room. It's size made it easy to have handy for reference. There are many good activities to try, and the ones I used worked great.I highly recommend this book for anyone who as daily interactions with Toddlers, whether in groups or individually.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book as well as The Preschooler Busy Book and it is amazing i made little jars for the girls to paint and typed out each activity and put it in its appropriate jar such as rainy day play etc and each day we pick out an activity. And all the items we already have YEAH!!
Jannalynn Delzer More than 1 year ago
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