The Preschooler's Busy Book

The Preschooler's Busy Book

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The Preschooler's Busy Book should be required reading for anyone raising or teaching preschool-age children, it is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight. Preschooler's Busy Book book contains 365 screen-free activities (one for each day of the year) for three- to six-year-olds using things found around the home. It shows parents, baby-sitters, and day-care providers how to: a€”Save money by making your own paints, play dough, craft clays, glue, paste and other arts and crafts supplies. a€”Learn how to expand your childa€™s arts and crafts horizons by learning how to print with rollers and sponges, make super goop and silly putty, make a paper-mache piApata, a Chinese lantern, gingerbread people, a jellybean picture, play dough jewelry, spoon people, a pinwheel, a paper bag kite, party hats, an egg-carton butterfly, a noodle necklace, a feather headband, or a paper doll chain. a€”Prevent boredom during even the longest stretches of rainy or cold weather with ideas for indoor play like newspaper golf, magnet magic, the listening game, red light/green light, and hand puppets. a€”Help children learn to have fun in the kitchen making fruit kebabs, popsicles, homemade peanut butter, a happy-face sandwich, alphabet cookies, animal pancakes, finger Jell-O, popcorn ball creatures, and the best chocolate chip cookies in the whole world. a€”Teach your child practical skills like setting the table, putting away the silverware, sorting socks, sewing practice, and carpentry (hammering golf tees into Styrofoam, with a toy hammer). a€”Introduce your child to numbers and counting with activities like a€œOne-Two, Buckle My Shoe, a€ telling time, coin and stamp collecting, sorting a mixed-up deck of cards by numbers and learning how to find todaya€™s date on a calendar. a€”Prepare your child for reading by working on an alphabet puzzle, making alphabet cookies, making an alphabet book, and connecting the dots in alphabetical order to make a picture. a€”Get your child started with music and rhythm by making a pie-plate tambourine, keeping the rhythm to a song on the radio with homemade rhythm blocks or shakers, or make music with musical glasses (filled with different amounts of water). a€”Get your child moving with circle dances like a€œHokey Pokey, a€ a€œSkip to My Loua€ a€œRing Around the Rosie, a€ and a€œLondon Bridge.a€ a€”Encourage your child to enjoy quiet activities like reading wordless picture books, working on puzzles, and watching cloudsa€”and then drawing them. a€”Introduce children to nature with a variety of outdoor adventures from nature walks and picnics to backyard camping, bird feeding, mud painting and making waxed leaves. a€”Start children growing things by planting apple seeds, avocado seeds or garlic cloves; or learning how to grow carrots, beets or sweet potatoes by putting cuttings into water. a€”Celebrate holidays and other occasions with special projects and activities for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Easter and Passover. a€”Keep children occupied on car trips by playing a€œI See A-B-Ca€ or reciting a€œ30 Days Hath September.a€The Preschoolera#39;s Busy Book should be required reading for anyone raising or teaching preschool-age children, it is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight.

Title:The Preschooler's Busy Book
Author: Trish Kuffner
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2010-06-01

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