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How to Help Young Siblings Bond

The Playdate Busy Book  How to Help Young Siblings Bond from the May 2015 Issue of Parents Magazine.

A Village to Call Our Own

A Village to Call Our Own

© Lisa Hanson & Heather Kempskie from The Playdate Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

The Backyard Parade

The Backyard Parade© Lisa Hanson & Heather Kempskie from The Playdate Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

Family Trees

Family Trees

© Lisa Hanson & Heather Kempskie from The Playdate Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

We're running a book giveaway on Goodreads for the award-winning The Playdate Busy Book! If you're a Goodreads member you can enter with the link below. Be sure to check back for more upcoming giveaways!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Playdate Busy Book by Lisa Hanson

The Playdate Busy Book

by Lisa Hanson

Giveaway ends February 28, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Puzzle Making

Puzzle Making

© Lisa Hanson & Heather Kempskie from The Playdate Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

Winter Activity Ideas

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The Playdate Busy Book authors Lisa Hanson and Heather Kempskie were interviewed on winter activities, adventures and ideas by Children's Advocate. Check out their recommendations below.

Ways to entertain your kids over winter break and Fun and free (or inexpensive) outings and websites

Mom's Choice Awards® Winners

Mom's Choice Awards

The Fitness Fun Busy Book and The Playdate Busy Book have been named Gold winners by The Mom's Choice Awards® in the general parenting category.

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The Fitness Fun Busy Book contains 365 games and activities to keep toddlers and preschoolers busy and active. The book includes outdoor, indoor, water, rhythm/music, and holiday fitness activities for individuals and groups. All activities are designed to build large and small motor skills such as balance and hand-eye coordination and inspire a love of physical exercise by encouraging a child to move.

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The Playdate Busy Book (previously titled The Siblings’ Busy Book) contains over 200 activities that all children (from infants to nine-year-olds) can do together. Each activity describes how babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age kids can join in the fun! - See more at: http://www.meadowbrookpress.com/playdate-busy-book#sthash.BCHQqJX2.dpuf
The Fitness Fun Busy Book (previously titled The Wiggle & Giggle Busy Book) contains 365 games and activities to keep toddlers and preschoolers busy and active. The book includes outdoor, indoor, water, rhythm/music, and holiday fitness activities for individuals and groups. All activities are designed to build large and small motor skills such as balance and hand-eye coordination and inspire a love of physical exercise by encouraging a child to move. - See more at: http://www.meadowbrookpress.com/fitness-fun-busy-book#sthash.JKXItFAn.dpuf

The Playdate Busy Book contains over 200 activities that all children (from infants to nine-year-olds) can do together. Each activity describes how babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age kids can join in the fun!

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an international awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

For more information on the awards program and the honorees, visit MomsChoiceAwards.com.

Spin the Storybox

Spin the Storybox

© copyright 2013 by Lisa Hanson & Heather Kempskie from The Playdate Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

Leaf Place Mats from The Playdate Busy Book

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by Lisa Hanson and Heather Kempskie

Autumn leaves will make beautiful place settings!

What You'll Need

On a pleasant autumn day, playmates can gather a variety of fallen leaves. When inside, cut paper grocery bags into eight-inch-by-eleven-inch rectangles for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. Children can then glue leaves onto these homemade place mats or lightly paint a leaf and press the imprint onto their paper rectangles. When the finished place mats are dry, cover them with clear contact paper and trim the excess.

Babies

As older children make the place mats, make each baby a bib from the same materials. Cut a bib shape from a paper bag. Show the babies some brightly colored leaves and describe their colors: “This leaf is yellow; this leaf is orange.” See if they coo or reach for their favorites. Glue the leaves to the bibs, cover each bib with contact paper, and use ribbon and a hole punch to secure the bib around a baby’s neck. (Babies should wear the bib only under your close supervision.)

Toddler

Toddlers may enjoy gluing leaves onto the grocery bag with your help, but they may have an easier time creating their place mats if you skip the bag altogether. Instead, tape an eight-inch-by-eleven-inch sheet of clear contact paper sticky side up to the table and encourage them to stick the leaves directly to it. During this process, however, toddlers may discover that the dried leaves will often crumble if they try to pull them off the contact paper or if they press them on too roughly. If this happens, talk about the cause and effect—make sure they have lots of leaves! When they’re done, cover their work with another sheet of contact paper.

Preschoolers

At this age, preschoolers have the dexterity to paint one side of a leaf and press it onto their place mat. Encourage them to use different colors of paint and different shapes of leaves to create a design.

School-Age Children

For an added art challenge, encourage school-age children to incorporate the leaf imprints into a drawing on their place mats. For instance, they can turn an imprint of a maple leaf into butterfly wings or an imprint of an oak leaf into the flames from a rocket. 

Leaf Place Mats

© copyright 2013 by Lisa Hanson & Heather Kempskie from The Playdate Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

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