The Preschoolers Busy Book - 365 Creative Games and Activities to Occupy Your 3-To-6-Year-Old
How much do I want to read more? 7/10
Love the way it says that preschool years look forever, but then time flies, and the time your child needed you is gone.
By the way, a nice set of games, that gives some more ideas to make some on your own.
Definitely worth the read to come with simple, yet nice activities to spend quality time with your little monsters.
Introduction - If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again
- I’d fingerpaint more and point the finger less.
- I’d do less correcting and more connecting.
- I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
- I would care to know less and know to care more.
- I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
- I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
- I’d run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
- I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
- I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
- I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.
- I’d teach less about the love of power, and more about the power of love.
Enjoy your preschooler! Although it may seem at times that they will never grow up, they always do. The long, seemingly endless days will gradually be replaced by days with not enough hours in them.
Children who once needed you for everything will need you less and less, and the days of leisurely walks, playdough and afternoon naps will be a warm and fuzzy memory.
My hope is that both you and your child will have many happy hours of playing, growing, and learning together.
CHAPTER 1 - Help! I Have a Preschooler!
While a variety of experiences and activities are essential to your child’s development, resist the urge to push him too hard. All children need lots of time for creative and spontaneous play. Rather than assuming the role of teacher, instructing and directing your child, try to act as his helper in the learning process.
Children need to learn on their own and to run their own show, while knowing that you are there to help them when and if they need it.
Children who have learned to direct their own play, who have been given lots of time to be creative and to use their imaginations, are less likely to experience boredom than those whose time has been rigidly planned for them.
“BUT THERE’S NOTHING TO DO!”
Keep a Baker’s Box in the kitchen.
Take along a Busy Bag
Use your imagination when filling the Busy Bag. Do it yourself, so the contents will be a surprise for your child.
PLANNING YOUR ACTIVITIES
Failing to plan is planning to fail,
CHAPTER 2 - Rainy Day Play
“The years rush past, as every older woman will tell the young mothers who complain that they still have two little ones at home and it seems like forever before they will all be in school. Oh no, they say, time flies—enjoy them while they’re young—they grow up so fast. …"
Your child can practice cleaning coins with an old toothbrush and some soap and water.
For super-shiny coins, mix a small amount of salt and vinegar in a bowl. Drop the coins in and watch the tarnish fade.
Put a few drops of liquid detergent into a bowl and fill it halfway with water. Use an eggbeater to whip up some suds in the soapy water, or a big straw to blow some really big bubbles.
This also works well at the kitchen sink; fill the sink with soapy water and pull up a chair for your child to stand on as she plays.
Fill drinking glasses with different amounts of water and have your child lightly tap the glasses with a spoon.
Wrap a washcloth around a bar of soap and sew the open ends together, encasing the soap completely. Cut eye shapes out of fabric or felt, and sew the eyes on top of the soap bundle. If you like, sew on a mouth, nose, eyebrows, and any other details for more fun.
Squirt shaving cream into the individual sections of a muffin tin. Add a few drops of food coloring to each section and mix with a spoon. The kids will love painting the walls, the tub, and themselves with their hands, a sponge, or paintbrushes.
Count the Coins
Give your child a jar of pennies or other coins and have her count them and place them in stacks of five or ten.
Give your child a hole punch and scraps of paper in various colors. She will amuse herself for quite some time making confetti.
Hammer nails into a piece of board. Allow your child to create a design by wrapping string or colored elastic bands around the nails.
Test your preschooler’s memory skills by placing a few toys or household objects in front her. Allow her to study them, then have her close her eyes while you remove one object.
Show your child how to link paper clips together to form a necklace or bracelet. Use standard metal clips, bright plastic ones, or a combination of the two.
Sharpen your preschooler’s memory skills by making your own memory game. Create two identical sets of index cards with letters of the alphabet, colors, shapes, or numbers.
don’t overwhelm her with too many cards at once.