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While most activity books encourage indoor explorations, countless adventures and learning opportunities await outside! Going for a walk or exploring the local community can bring about much more than just exercise. Parents and caregivers will help their toddlers enhance their:. mobile or address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, mobile phone . Like many parents, I am constantly thinking about whether I am doing enough to support the development and learning needs of my children.
This book really grasps the active and wild world of toddlers and doesn't try to tame it but instead to embrace it. The simplicity of the activities here are what grabbed me the most. They take no time at all to prepare and mostly can be cobbled together from the contents of your stationery drawer or recycling bin.
I actually found myself exclaiming out loud at their simple genius and humble beauty. The other thing Erin manages here, maybe because she is a twin mum or maybe just because she has worked in education, is that these activities can be undertaken with more than one child at the same time. This is a problem for lots of parents; perhaps you have multiples and you need to be able to have both engaged in something without needing a ratio or perhaps you have trouble thinking of activities that cross developmental ages for siblings. I really do believe the vast majority of these activities span both scenarios.
Little Walks, Big Adventures does exactly what it says on the tin. My review could basically be boiled down to two simple words: "buy it. It's a manual of easy, free field trips that anyone could take with their toddlers or preschoolers. It not only tells you where to go, but what to take with you, how to talk about it with your kids, what to look for on the walk, and much more.
I also love the book list at the end of each walk and the list of related activities for every walk. I recommend this book for everyone! It would also make a great gift for baby showers, birthday, and holidays. My daughters and I go for a walk almost everyday. We connect in our walks and we find it so helpful to improve our mood when we are having a hard day. However, they tend to be the same walks day after day.
Even if we have a places where we normally go. I love how this book is packed with great ideas to turn every day walks into an exciting adventure. The book also includes really simple yet fun activity extension ideas to do after the walks. As a mom of an almost 4-year-old and a soon to be toddler I think the ideas in this book are perfect to do with a toddler and a preschooler and a great way for siblings to have some bonding time. The world is full of learning opportunities, and Buhr uses daily activities and common neighborhood places to provide easy activities for parents and teachers to utilize.
The book is laid out in an easy to read format. Each location is paired with easy learning activities and tips for parents, including what to bring and what to consider when you go. The extension activities that she includes for each adventure cover a wide range of skills, and they are easy to set up with minimal materials and simple instructions.
Not only does the book give lots of ideas that you can use right away, but it inspires the reader to look at their world in a new way. This book should be on every family bookshelf! In addition to encouraging exploring the world with your toddler s , the book also provides ample learning opportunities ranging from vocabulary building and counting, to improving motor and cognitive skills. The activities are all presented with thoughtful care; each begins with details on what to bring along, what to take into consideration, and what to notice before or during the activity or walk.
This section helps you to be prepared for situations you may not have already considered, or in some cases are helpful in adapting the activity for children with special needs including dietary restrictions, etc something this mom to a kid with a dairy allergy found heartening! I recommend the book for anyone who interacts with toddlers and even preschoolers.
If you want to instill a sense of wonder about our world with your little ones while also fostering cognitive and motor skills in your day-to-day with your toddler s , Little Walks, Big Adventures is an absolutely wonderful resource for you! Just reading through the first couple of adventures made me breath a sigh of relief--I was making it way harder than it needed to be. Erin gives teachers and parents like me ideas for fun adventures and how to take advantage of simple everyday experiences.
Every adventure includes an activity to do afterwards. One of my daughter's favorites was hammering golf tees after exploring tools we saw at the hardware store. This book came at the right time for me and I will be recommending it to all my mom friends with young children. Going for a walk or exploring the local community with your toddler can bring about much more than just exercise.
Parents and caregivers will help their toddlers enhance their: Vocabulary; Language skills; Cognitive skills; Motor Skills; and so much more! Profusely illustrated, 'real world practical', thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, Little Walks, Big Adventures is unhesitatingly and unreservedly recommended for both family and community library Parenting instructional reference collections.
It is a welcome resource for caregivers of these curious little people. It takes everyday outings like a trip to the grocery store or a walk through your neighborhood and helps you shift your perspective to see it as the big adventures they represent for someone so new to the world.
Moreover, it provides considerations for each and how to adapt for younger and older toddlers, so that your adventure is enjoyable for everyone. The author has extensive experience as a parent as well as a caregiver, so she has practical suggestions for going on adventures with your own children or at a care center. Little Walks, Big Adventures offers 52 great ideas for taking toddlers on explorations in your local community.
While you walk, young children will have opportunities for rich learning in vocabulary and cognitive, language, math, and motor skills--not to mention the excellent exercise and fresh air they'll be getting. You could go on a walk a week as you guide their learning about their community and local environment.
Explore the themes of Home and Community, Our World, Vehicles and Animals, and enjoy a multitude of associated activities you can do at home or school after each walk. Parents and caregivers alike will benefit from the many ideas inside to help nurture little ones' minds, from singing songs to building a butterfly feeder.
Take the tots outside and guide their innate spirit of adventure! Erin Buhr has a M. Currently she calls New York City home where she loves going on adventures with her husband and their twins. You can about Erin and her adventures at www. Parents and caregivers will help their toddlers enhance their: Vocabulary Language skills Cognitive skills Motor Skills And more!
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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I love this book! It is well thought out with the most important audience in mind - your toddler! It's great to have such an easy and well thought out resource at my side.
I grab the book on the weekend and it gives me ideas for what to do with my toddler and what things to prepare. The preparation is not that involved either. It just takes some thought beforehand and a couple things to grab usually a notepad and writing materials and we are set for day, after day of great field trips and activities. There is so much for little kiddos to learn by taking a walk to the park, visiting the fire station, or even going to the grocery story.
It's easy to forget this, but Erin helps remind us parents that it doesn't need to be that complicated. Learning is always happening, especially when they are exploring. Thank you Erin for putting together such a great resource for stay at home parents! This book is full of wonderful ideas to make a simple excursion into a memorable adventure for little kiddos. The ideas Ms. Buhr has provided offer opportunities to help parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers delve more deeply into helping a young child discover interesting and exciting possibilities while simply exploring the world they live in.
This book is a wonderful resource in this time when electronic devices and busy schedules often rob our little ones of their loved adult's attention. Have bought these books as gifts and for my own use. Will be buying more I'm sure to use as shower gifts and with my early childhood student teachers. Great book with a lot of great ideas. A good resource for practical and fun ideas. Well thought out with tips and insights that will enhance your time spent exploring with toddlers. I have begun to incorporate some of the ideas on the walks that we take with our grandchild.
I checked it out, because it gives the impression that it gives fun adventures to do while outside walking or hiking. So many of her suggestions are common sense or idiotic at best. Save your money and find ideas on Pinterest for actual outside exploration. What a waste of time. I don't know about you, but I find myself going to the same places and doing the same things with my 4. The activities Buhr presents in this book are helpful in getting out of that rut. I enjoyed reading through the book and getting ideas for how to help my son appreciate the world around him while sharpening his cognitive and motor skills at the same time.
I know I will come back to this book over and over again when I'm trying to think of fun activities that will engage him. While the book is aimed at toddlers that are months in age, I feel that many of these activities can be adapted for using with my preschooler. As a busy mom I really appreciate that the activities are simple and do not require many materials. You will likely have any materials you would need on hand, or you will find them on your walk. Teachers and parents both should take advantage of this great resource! One person found this helpful.
This is a great book for parents, homeschoolers, and day care workers. Moreover, it provides considerations for each and how to adapt for younger and older toddlers, so that your adventure is enjoyable for every one. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own. See all reviews. s with related products. See and discover other items: Explore outdoor funs for toddlers.
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