Book Talk: The Toddler’s Busy Book

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good


Kids need to do creative and interactive things each day rather than just watching TV and engaging in only passive recreation.  The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner is a great resource for moms, pre-school teachers, day care providers, etc.  It has some great ideas for fun activities and games for 1 1/2 – 3 year olds.

Here are the chapter names to give you an idea of the content of the book:

  • Help!  I Have A Toddler
    • Organizing for a Toddler
    • Planning Your Activities
    • Stocking Your Craft Cupboard
    • What about Television?
    • A Word of Encouragement
    • Weekly Activity Planner
  • Rainy Day Play
  • Kids in the Kitchen
  • Water Play
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Out and About
  • Nursery Rhymes and Finger Plays
  • Early Learning Fun
  • Music and Movement
  • Arts and Crafts
    • Scribbling and Drawing
    • Painting
    • Printmaking
    • Tearing, Gluing, and Sticking
    • Crafts and Other Fun Things to Make
  • Birthdays and Holidays
    • Birthday Celebrations
    • Valentine’s Day
    • Saint Patrick’s Day
    • Easter
    • Independence Day
    • Halloween
    • THanksgiving
    • Christmas
    • Hanukkah
    • Kwanzaa

There is also an appendix that includes recipes, best toys and books, and other resources.

I like to take time each day to play with my son, and as he gets older I am going to plan activities for us to do together.  I am really into fingerplays right now because my son really enjoys them.  This book has a fingerplay chapter that has several new ones that I’ve never heard before.

This book is all about letting your child experiment with different things and learn with their hands – after all, children learn best by doing and trying.  One activity, for example, is to make up some jello and put it outside in a baby bathtub and let your child touch it and play in it.  That sounds messy but so much fun for a child!

Many of these ideas take a little preparation and an open mind – some of them are quite messy, but children need to be allowed to make a mess once in a while!  I think allowing children to “play in the mud” sometimes will help them be neat and clean the rest of the time.

Check this book out at the library and see how your kids like the activities!


1 Michelle July 2, 2008 at 1:25 am

I’ve added this book to my Amazon wish list -it looks awesome. You always have the best book recommendations!

2 Jauna September 19, 2008 at 8:13 am

I so need this book. I love you rbook recommendations! I’m always trying to think of fun things to do with my kids that dont involve the computer or tv! thanks.

3 Baba May 14, 2009 at 11:23 am

Great Book! Keeping little ones busy with craft projects, art projects is great for Mom too because it can give her a couple calm minutes for brushing teeth, brushing hair. Thanks for this one!

4 Amy McCathran August 4, 2009 at 11:07 am

I do love this book! I bought it this summer because my 2 yr. old son had surgery and had to be kept home for 6 weeks. The ideas were fantastic and very easy to do!

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