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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook Press (Jan. 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881663573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881663570
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ThereMightBeGiants on Nov. 22 2001
Format: Paperback
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14 2003
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on March 6 2001
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By apoem on Sept. 17 2001
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This book is FULL of ideas that you can do with your toddler. Many of these use simple supplies that you have around the house. Some of these ideas take a little bit of planning. However, most of these ideas are easy and cheap to set up and fun to do. A lot of these ideas are things that once you have demonstrated how to do the activity, your toddler will not need your help. Some of these ideas are meant to be mother/father interacting with the child.
My only thought would be that if you are a fairly creative person, many of these things you can come up with on your own. For example, freezing colored water and putting the ice cubes in a plastic bag to melt.
One thing I particularly liked was that the activities were geared to a variety of the sences. Some activities were smell oriented for example. Some activities were directed towards the other sences of taste, touch etc. Other activities worked on small motor skills and others dealt with large motor skills.
If you want a wealth of ideas that are easy to impliment, fun to do, and fairly cheap to make this book would be a great resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Formaro on July 25 2001
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Parents know that it doesn't take expensive toys and gadgets to entertain a toddler. Any old box or wad of tissue paper will do!
When Trish Kuffner put together "The Toddler's Busy Book", she was keenly aware of this fact, being a mother of five herself. Within the over 500 pages, you will find a multitude of ideas for keeping your little darlings busy and entertained, without spending a fortune. In fact, many of the items used in this great book can be found lying around the house.
Ms. Kuffner includes sections on organizing for a toddler, how to plan your activities, what to keep on hand for quick crafting fun, and even ideas for a weekly activity planner. Chapters include topics such as rainy day play, kids in the kitchen, water play, outdoor adventures, and ideas for keeping kids busy on long car rides. You'll also find a large array of favorite nursery rhymes and finger plays, and great ideas to help develop a love for music in your child.
There's an entire section dedicated to crafts and activities, another for birthdays and holidays, and a useful section containing recipes for all types of homemade play doughs, clays, paints, and more. Many of the ideas in this book are so simple, you may find yourself saying "Why didn't I think of that!". Kudos to Ms. Kuffner on creating an excellent resource for parents of busy little toddlers!
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