Busy Books

These thick little books are crammed with quality creative play ideas for you and your young children. Some are ways to keep them busy, and some are great ideas for play together. Each book is divided into categories - both have rainy day play, kids in the kitchen, outdoor adventures, out and about, arts and crafts, and holiday sections. The Toddler's Busy Book also has water play, nursery rhymes and finger plays, birthdays, and early learning fun sections. The Preschooler book contains reading, writing and 'rithmetic, birthday, and drama sections additionally. Each category in each book holds multiple activities for a total of 365 ideas to keep your little ones busy. That's an entire year of different ideas, even if you don't repeat any activities (and I have a feeling you will!). Some of the great ideas in the Toddler's book include making butterfly sandwiches, balloon kites, picture boxes, soap painting, edible valentines, and surprise tins. Activities to enjoy with your preschoolers include making paper clip jewelry, a balancing board, backyard camping, mud painting, fruit kabobs, air painting, and natural egg dye (for Easter). Any recipes for snacks or art materials (i.e. bubble solution or soap paint) are included, as are lists of materials to save for projects and materials to have on hand. If you are looking for some fresh, imaginative ideas, start here.

Taking a slightly different approach from the other two busy books, Wiggle & Giggle Busy Book contains a year's worth of physical exercises and games to promote an active lifestyle. This book is appropriate for both toddlers and preschoolers, with a few possible modifications necessary, as some activities may be too advanced for toddlers while others may be too simplistic for preschoolers. 380+ pgs. - Melissa

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