• Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Storm Sounds
    Storm Sounds Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 30 minutes Materials: Audio recording of thunder Metal cookie sheets Be sensitive to your child's fears. If she doesn't like loud noises, she may not lik...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Bath Time Activities
    Bathtub Finger Paints
    Bathtub Finger Paints Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: 2 tablespoons liquid soap 1 tablespoon cornstarch Food coloring Most toddlers love to get messy. What better place for a m...
  • How to Play Charades
    Family Games
    How to Play Charades
    Directions Choose a player to start the game. The player thinks of a book title, a famous person's name, a saying, a movie title or a song title to pantomime. He should choose something with which the others will be familiar. If you like, design...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Bath Time Activities
    Soap Crayons
    Soap Crayons Makes 12 crayons Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: 1 cup soap flakes or powder 3 tablespoons of water Washable tempera paint Ice cube trays or small Dixie cups (for molds) This activity combines an ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Bath Time Activities
    Fizzy Bath Balls
    Fizzy Bath Balls Makes four to six balls Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Materials: 1 cup baking soda 1/2 cup citric acid 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 tablespoons coconut or almond oil 1 tablespoon water Liven up your child's ba...
  • School and Learning
    Art Supplies
    Top 10 Materials to Have on Hand for Toddler Activities
    Top 10 Materials to Have on Hand for Toddler Activities Crayons: Remove the labels from crayons when possible. For the younger child, fatter crayons work best. Construction paper: Construction paper is very versatile. Be sure to keep a wide vari...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Indoor Activities
    Indoor Obstacle Course
    Indoor Obstacle CourseAs you design your obstacle course, keep in mind the ages, abilities, and number of children involved as well as the space you have. Make the course simple at first and change the stations as they're mastered. If you like, t...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    World's Fair
    World's Fair Required: Reference materials Drawing supplies If you and your child can't travel to visit the next World's Fair, how about bringing the next World's Fair into your living room? Assign family members specific countries, and they can...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Wise Animals
    Wise Animals Required: Your time only Have you ever looked at a cat and just known that it was thinking: "A meow in time saves nine?" Ask your child about the words of wisdom that would roll off the tongues of your pets (or animals in your neigh...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    When I Grow Up
    When I Grow Up Required: Your time only What if your child could gaze into a crystal ball and tell you what other children in the family, the neighborhood, or at school are going to be doing in 15 years? True, a crystal ball is hard to come by t...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Word Games
    Match Game
    Match Game Match Game is based upon the old television game show of the same name. You can play it at least two different ways. My sisters and I used to play our own home version all the time. We just got pens and pieces of paper and made up our ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Unofficial Biographer
    Unofficial Biographer Required: Reference materials Does your child have a future in reference book publishing? Here's an entry-level assignment that can serve as a preview. Your child chooses a person he or she is studying in school—a famous ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Family Games
    Two Truths and a Fib
    Two Truths and a Fib Required: Your time only Two rights might not make a wrong, but two truths and a fib can make for a lot of fun! With this group activity, each player takes turns offering up descriptions of two events that actually happened ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Toy Tales
    Toy Tales Required: Your time only Do you know what your child's toys are up to when you're not around? There's one way to find out… ask your child to divulge their secret lives! Ask your child to tell you what a favorite stuffed animal, for e...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Family Games
    Dress-Up Relay
    Dress-Up RelayMaterials Two suitcases or boxes Dress-up clothes (hats, scarves, jackets, skirts, pants, boots, and so on) Directions Fill two suitcases or boxes with equal amounts of clothing. The clothes must be big enough to fit all the players...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Numbers
    Three, Two, One...
    Three, Two, One... Required: Your time only Does your child have a favorite number? Now's the time to turn that number into a story. Ask your child to create a tale about a number. The story can be serious or silly, possible or improbable. It sh...