The book is organized so well, with each activity including an easy-to-use header, materials list, setup instructions, and play advice. Many also include variations; for example, in the toddle play activity 122, “Water Painter,” you can vary it to make the activity “Multicolored Water Painter.” Each activity also has a brief introduction to explain what the activity is intended to accomplish. A small clock indicates the level of ease of each activity, along with an age and category recommendation. The number of children who may do the activity together is also recommended.
There are indoor games and activities, from art projects to musical adventures, as well as plenty of outdoor ones, such as blowing bubbles through hula hoops or racing games with tricycles. These activities are so creative yet easily explained that I was able to go through the book and write down all of the activities that I wanted to do with my daughter throughout our daily activity log in just a brief six to eight word description. You know when you’re able to do that the instructions have been crystal clear and easy to follow.
I also like that there is no gender specific language in the book. For example, sports games, baby care games, and pretend play are all presented as options for any child with any caregiver—not just for boys or girls. As polarizing as many activities and toys can be these days, the book is very refreshing and welcoming for all children, which I appreciate.
This book would make an excellent gift for any caregiver, whether it be a parent, teacher, day care provider, or even a camp counselor. I found many items that would be great for Scouts programs as well as 4-H clubs to do, too.