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Toddler's Busy Book, The [Paperback]

Trish Kuffner
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Jan. 15 2009
Creative games and activities (one for every day of the year) to keep 18 month to 3 year olds busy using things found around the home. The book contains ideas for indoor play, kitchen activities and arts and crafts projects.

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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 difficult days (I'm sure you know what I mean), it's a big help to glance quickly at some creative simple ideas to choose from. 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 one-on-one time... "mommy/big brother time" -- without baby sister. Along with "The Toddler Busy Book", I also recommend another helpful little book filled with positive discipline suggestions for parents of 2-5 year-olds called "The Pocket Parent." I like the easy reference A-Z format of this trouble-shooting guide that addresses many of the most annoying behaviors that too often challenge my sanity. 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars review of busy book March 6 2001
I disagree with the reviews written so far. I bought this book expecting to find activities to occupy my very active 23 month old. Maybe my child is already too old for some of the activities, but she was bored with many of them (and some took a good amount of time to put together). Some hits were recipes for homemade clay and play with jello. The book also needs organization by age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Creative April 13 2002
Want to get your creative juices flowing? But this book and it will start you thinking of many very fun (and practically free!) activity ideas for you and your toddler. Want to play with play dough? It's twice as fun to make it at home. Also included are recipes for paint, clay and mysterious concoctions like "magic mud". Don't throw away that cardboard box! Use it to make a toss game or fort. Build castles with blocks of paper bags stuffed with newspaper or make a noodle necklace. Your toddler doesn't like the game right now? Who cares, these projects cost pennies to make! Toss it and try again in a few months when you child's interests and abilities have changed. It's much better than throwing your money away on cheap, ugly toys from a store and what a great way to help your child learn to use his or her imagination and discover their own power to create wonderful things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the toddler activity books Nov. 22 2001
Well structured and chock-a-block with ideas. I have bought and borrowed over 10 similar books and I think that this book is the stand-out of the genre. The ideas for busy little people range from the "can do it on the spur of the moment" to those that require preparation and advance planning. For the latter, a wonderful list of "what to save" is included to help parents start their own resource centre for toddler activities. The rainy day ideas, busy box concept and travel bag have been sanity savers. Most activities teach toddlers something interesting while they have fun. Quite a few of the activities are also suitable for (or can be modified to suit)older babies. This has been a wonderful resource for our family. We dip into it regularly and it has helped us plan some great party and playdate afternoons too. Very highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Resource May 4 2008
I've read every activity in this book (and tape-flagged all the ones I'm going to try) and I think this book is worth every penny. My young kids - 5, 3, and 1.5 - are all going to benefit from using this book. We've done a few of the activities already (kazoo, toddler pouch, and indoor sandbox), and have LOVED them!

My only complaint is I wish there were more pictures of the activities. As a busy mom of three I found it was labour intensive to read through each activity, instead of just being able to flip though and look at the pictures of the activities to pick which one we'd like to do yk?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too full of fluff. April 9 2014
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Not a bad book and some great ideas but the format is really annoying. There's a different section for each activity - i.e. instead of 'Things to play with in the tub' and then a list of household items like colanders that would be fun to play with, there's a separate section for each item with a little write up. It's too much text for a simple idea. I don't look through it very often for that reason - it's too time consuming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE! Jan. 14 2014
By Zanna P
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I love this book, great ideas and lots of them. Practical and lots of easy ideas. Lots of them can be done with what you have around the house and some need a little more prep time but if you have a busy toddler (or some of the idea's would work for older children) there are lots of activities to keep them busy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I purchased this book about a month ago to get some fresh activity ideas to do with my 2 year old son. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jaimie Bilodeau
3.0 out of 5 stars Would have been more interesting if it were printed in Color
A little bit dull to flip through.
Would have been so much more fun if it were more like a catalogue.
Some pages in color would have been appreciated. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Melina Ruscitto
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Ideas you wouldn't necessarily think of
This book is great. You read through it going, "Right, I did that as a kid". So many things that are so simple to do or make and have given my 18 month old a ton of fun. Read more
Published on March 20 2012 by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars great book good for OLDER toddlers.
This book is great. Great price, lots of simple ideas and activities that cost nothing or little to nothing. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2011 by S. Hilts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas!
I love this book. If you are on a budget the author gives you many options to use things around the house. There are lots of different things to do in this book.
Published on April 3 2009 by T. Ly
5.0 out of 5 stars love love LOVE this book!
My 2-yr-old is pretty easy to keep occupied, but I thought I'd pick this book up anyway. WELL! What a bonanza of ideas! Read more
Published on July 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruise Director
A great aid for a first-time mom who needed to know just what toddlers find interesting and fun.
Published on May 16 2002 by Gina Lytton Gay
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