This book contains some nice games and activities, but if you have been around kids for a while (e.g. if this isn't your first child and / or you work in childcare or a similar profession) there won't be a great deal of new ideas. I like the games / activities involving household items (which is what babies and toddlers are definitely drawn to anyway). There are lots of things to do in here where no special purchases are required. That's a great message to deliver to families. Sadly, many of the games are already well known. I don't regret buying this book though, it was cheap (bought secondhand) and I'm sure it provides true inspiration to (first-time) parents who have no previous experiences in entertaining children.
Dieses Buch ist wirklich randvoll mit Ideen, wie man sein Kleinkind beschäftigen kann. Manche sind besser, manche schlechter, aber man findet garantiert mindestens einige, welche brauchbar und auch durchführbar sind. Manche sind eher simpel, so simpel, dass man sie gar nicht als Spiel bezeichnen würde, aber sie erfüllen ihren Zweck allemal. Für jeden, der nach Ideen sucht, ist hier das richtige Buch
My wife was looking for new ways to spend time with our 1 year old son, especialy during the rainy days and that's how we came across this book. Even though the book is ment for older kids (1,5y), we look for inspiration in it already and my wife is very happy with it. I recommend.
Trish Kuffner writes, "Toddlerhood is a precious stage in the life of both parent and child, and one which can be enjoyed immensely if you are prepared to slow down a little, sit on the floor a lot, and worry about picking up the toys only when your child goes to bed at night." The toddler age is the most mystical age for child and parent - you'll never again have such a rich opportunity to entertain your children with ordinary items and activities! Kuffner gives us an enormous number of ideas for fun things to do with our children. This is an arts and crafts type of book, and she does something I haven't seen in other activity books. She spends a chapter telling you how to organize for a toddler. She also provides a list of items to buy and old household items to save (dried magic markers, for example). The rest of the book is laid out equally well. There are chapters on rainy day play, water play, kitchen activities, outdoor adventures, how to entertain the kids when you're on errands or travel, nursery rhymes, learning activities, music, arts & crafts, and even birthday/holiday activities. The appendix lists craft recipes, "crazy can" activities, and best toys/books for toddlers. Very comprehensive and varied. Reading through this book makes me want to do most of the activities myself if my toddler doesn't want to! My husband tends toward other fun activities rather than arts and crafts when he entertains the kids. But even he flipped through the book and got interested in some of the activities.
We all wonder, are we doing enough with our kids? Trish Kuffner answers this question for us in the intro--she is very encouraging to us moms and others caring for young children, saying that just from being with us day to day, they're learning. That said, she then gives 365 ideas of things to do instead of watching TV. These ideas are easy to implement and I have several that I can't wait for my 19 month old to try.
Ich habe das Buch für meinen 15-Monate alten Sohn gekauft. Es gefällt mir sehr gut. Das Buch ist unterteilt in verschiedenste Aktivitäten für drinnen und draußen, verschiedene Feste, die sich über das Jahr verteilen. Selbst einfache Ideen, die einem tatendurstigen kleinen Menschenkind die Freude am Entdecken erlauben sind erwähnt. Dank der Unterteilung findet sich eigentlich immer etwas. Da ich selber sehr gut Englisch spreche, habe ich keinerlei Schwierigkeiten-aber auch für nicht so gewiefte müsste es eigentlich sehr gut zu lesen sein. Also stöbern und Ideen sammeln.
This is a great book to help keep those little ones busy. As a stay-at-home mom of a 19-month-old, we often run out of ideas of fun and original things to do. Not anymore! This book covers it all--from rainy days to outside play--it's all in here. Best of all, there are not a lot of things that you need to go out and buy to do the craft projects. Most of the things you need are things you hav in the house. This book is well worth the money!