I was so excited to be a mom. I had visions of what that would look like, but I believe my imagination took me to the school age years. The toddler journey was much different than I anticipated. Board games, puzzles and store bought toys were limited, and there really is only so many times you can stomach Candy Land. I had imagined helping with homework, afternoon snacks, and playing sports in the yard. The toddler years were different than I pictured – both in parenting and in activities. The most engaging interactions with my children were hands-on, interactive activities that were age appropriate and yet stimulated the senses and the mind.
The Toddler Journey
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My blog friend, Angela Thayer, has put together an amazing resource for the parents of toddlers. The book is called “The Toddler Journey,” and it is available both in paperback and ebook form. I really wish I had a resource like this on hand when I was raising my toddlers because it’s such an easy go-to when boredom sets in.
If you are interested in the ebook format, please visit this link. “The Toddler Journey” can also be found on Amazon. The author, Angela, is giving away a launch bonus to those who purchase her ebook during the first week. Anyone who orders the ebook by June 8th will receive 10 printable busy bags. What a great bonus to an amazing book.
This book provides parents and care givers with 100 hands-on activities to keep a toddler busy, learning and growing. Grandparents, day care workers, church workers and parents will love having this book at their fingertips.
One thing I love about this book is that the materials needed are often things you will have on hand. There are times you might need to run to the store to pick up miscellaneous items, but I would say this is the exception rather than the rule.
Many of the activities have easy set-up and clean-up, which I know parents appreciate. However, the interaction allows a sensory experience that kids find engaging. Angela kept her ideas simple and do-able – approved by both kids and moms.
As you can see in the picture above, the instructions are clear, concise and the visual representation of the activity is helpful also. I love the design and bright colors of the book as well.
I hope this will become one of your favorite resources as you seek to engage your active child in fun ways.