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Snowflake Window Decorating

Picture of The Preschooler's Busy Book

by Trish Kuffner

What You'll Need:

Square of plain or construction paper
Scissors
Tape
Can of spray-on artificial snow

Directions:

Fold a square piece of paper into quarters, then fold it into a triangle. Cut small shapes along the folded edges, unfold, and tape the snowflake stencil to a window. Spray over the snowflake with artificial snow, and then remove it to see the design on the window.

© copyright Trish Kuffner from The Preschooler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Handprint Menorah

Picture of The Toddler's Busy Book

by Trish Kuffner

What you'll need:

White, yellow, and orange tempera paint
Blue construction paper

Directions:

Paint the palms of your child’s hands white (the candleholder), his fingers yellow (the candles), and the tips of his fingers orange (the flames). Cross his hands over and press them onto the blue construction paper (his thumbs will be on opposite ends of the paper). Make sure his pinky fingers overlap and print as one finger, so the total number of imprints is nine. You could fold the construction paper in half before printing and use it for a Hanukkah card, or cover it with clear contact paper for a Hanukkah place mat.

*Note: Most one-year-olds will not sit still long enough for this activity, but most two- and three-year-olds will enjoy it.

© copyright Trish Kuffner from The Toddler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Turkey Treats

Picture of The Children's Busy Book

by Trish Kuffner

What you'll need:

One 15-ounce package prepared piecrusts
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
Turkey-shaped cookie cutter

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 450ºF. Unfold the piecrusts on wax paper. Let your child cut shapes from the pastry with the cookie cutter. Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle the mixture over the shapes. Transfer them to an ungreased baking sheet and bake them for 8–10 minutes. Remove them from the baking sheet and let them cool on a wire rack.

This recipe makes about 16 turkey treats.

© copyright Trish Kuffner from The Children's Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Weather Walk

A creative exercise activity by Trish Kuffner

Weather Walk

 

© copyright 2013 Trish Kuffner from The Fitness Fun Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Chocolate Spiders

The Arts & Crafts Busy Book

by Trish Kuffner

What You'll Need:

2/3 cup chocolate chips
Saucepan or microwave-safe bowl
2 cups chow mein noodles
Baking sheet
Wax paper
Small red candies

Directions:

Melt the chocolate chips in a saucepan on the stove or melt them in a bowl in the microwave. Toss the noodles with the melted chocolate. Have your child drop a spoonful of the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Add two candy eyes to each spider. Let the chocolate harden. Store the spiders in the refrigerator.

© copyright Trish Kuffner from The Arts & Crafts Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Pom-Pom Spider

A creative Halloween activity by Trish Kuffner

Pom-Pom Spiders

 

© copyright Trish Kuffner from The Preschooler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

"Budding Author"

Picture of The Children's Busy Book

A creative activity by Trish Kuffner

What you'll need:

Paper stapled together with a construction paper cover OR a small notebook with blank pages OR an inexpensive scrapbook OR a three-ring binder with plastic page protectors OR a hand-bound volume

Directions:

Let your child write a story along the bottom of each page and illustrate it with drawings, photos, or cut-out pictures.

© copyright Trish Kuffner from The Children's Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

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