Babies: Body

For more information on how I plan and prepare my baby storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the baby rhymes/bounces/lifts/etc., visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

For baby time, my library passes out individual copies of board books to each caregiver/child pair. I typically keep two or three to the side of me in case a baby tries to grab my copy. I read face out; caregivers read to their children.


Show Me by Tom Tracy
Tickle Time by Sandra Boynton
Where Is Baby’s Bellybutton? by Karen Katz

Early Literacy Tip

Today, I encourage you to point to or gently touch the body parts on your child when we talk about them. This will help them understand that the words we’re saying represent their bodies.

Flannelboard: Shape Game

I was going to use the big hand from “All the Little Germs”, but it was way too big to fit underneath any of my shapes. So, I quickly cut out the approximation of a baby’s hand out of felt. Caregivers immediately started pointing to their baby’s hand when the little felt hand came out!

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Cheek Chin**
  • Open, Shut Them**
  • Round the World**
  • A Smooth Road*
  • This Little Piggy**
  • Tick, Tock**

How It Went

Tuesday morning
Is there anything better than hearing babies laugh as we read “Tickle Time”? (It’s not a trick question. The answer is: no, there is nothing better than babies giggling.) I chose to do a lot of repeating activities that talk about/mention body parts and paired with the literacy tip, it really helped caregives interact with the babies!

Thursday morning
This was my first time meeting this group since I was at PLA last Thursday and what a sweet set of babies! I had two of the little girls crawl into my lap and this was my first time ever seeing them! We don’t start teaching stranger danger for a while, right?

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