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Susie Allison

Kindergarten activity queen and creator of Busy Toddler who made sure our toddlers stayed busy in lockdown, one toilet paper roll at a time.

Name: Susie Allison
Best known for: Kindergarten activity queen and creator of Busy Toddler
Social media: @busytoddler on Instagram

“Making it to naps, one activity at a time” was always Susie Allison’s brand as a blogger and influencer with more than a million Instagram followers. But then coronavirus hit, schools and daycares closed, and it wasn’t just stay-at-home parents and preschool teachers bookmarking her hands-on educational activities—it was all of us. Allison, a mom of three and a former kindergarten teacher herself, keeps it simple and affordable: If you can find basic supplies like markers, dish soap, toilet paper rolls and some rocks, she’ll show you how to kill a few hours and keep your kids learning. The September launch of her new book, Busy Toddler’s Guide to Actual Parenting, couldn’t have come at a better time as we reached the six-month mark of the pandemic with no end in sight.

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