Book Talk: The Siblings Busy Book by Lisa Hanson and Heather Kempskie

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good


The authors of The Siblings’ Busy Book are twin sisters Lisa Hanson and Heather Kempskie who have lots of great ideas that kids from ages 3 months to 9 years can participate in together. Every page in this book has at least one fun kids activity with variations so children of all ages can essentially be doing the same thing and learning to play cooperatively together. You can keep 3 kids busy without doing 3 different things. Each idea is easy to do and requires basic materials!

This book has lots of great ideas for parents of multi-aged siblings, and it’s also a great resource for daycare providers and grandparents. Each activity includes a list of what is needed for each age and then instructions for how to cater the activity for baby, toddler, preschool, and school-aged children.

The activities are grouped into the following categories: rainy day fun, let’s pretend, music and movement, outdoor adventures, out and about, learning and exploring, team family, world family, arts and crafts, in the kitchen, and seasons and holidays. So the activities are highly varied and great for all times and seasons!

If you’re a mother of multiple children, this $10 book could really help you encourage your children to share and work together, help each other, and celebrate together! You can also check out The Busy Siblings Blog.

trish kuffner busy books

Trish Kuffner has another series of Busy Books, also published by Meadowbrook Press that I love and use all the time. We’ve done lots of fun things, some of which I’ve blogged about, from The Toddler’s Busy Book and The Arts and Crafts Busy Book. I love how the author adds just a little twist to lots of every day activities to make them fun for kids. And best of all, her ideas require little expense or preparation.

I don’t own all of these yet, but they are all books I’d like to have in my own personal library some day. Check your local library or book store and let me know what you think!


1 Tricia May 21, 2009 at 10:42 am

My children are really spread out in age 20,8,3 and 1. Its so hard to keep the piece ad have everyone be happy doing what they are doing. OF course my oldest isn’t involved but the 8 yr old and the 3 yr old thats a hard mix. the book would be a necessity in this house. thanks

2 Vanessa May 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm

My mom just got me a bunch of these for mothers day!!

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