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.
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.
Goodnight Faces by Lucy Schultz**
Peek-a-Who by Nina Laden
Peek-a-Zoo by Nina Laden*
Where Is Baby’s Bellybutton? by Karen Katz*
Early Literacy Tip
It’s okay not to be perfect! I had a cold this week (spent all weekend nursing it, but couldn’t shake the stuffy sound in my voice), and let my parents know that I might not be singing as loud as I usually do. But the babies are still gaining valuable literacy moments from our interactions!
I hid a baby face behind one of the shapes. I pulled the shape back slowly and called out “peek-a-boo” in a singsong voice. The baby face was from my Ten Little Babies pack.
Repeating Extension Activities
- Colors Over Me
- Popcorn, Popcorn
- Roly Poly**
- This Little Piggy*
- Tiny Little Babies**
- Toast In the Toaster**
How It Went
All the babies loved “Peek-a-Zoo”. We’ve had “Peek-a-Who” in the collection for the longest time and last fiscal year I had the opportunity to buy some new sets which included “Peek-a-Zoo”! I loved seeing their faces to see a “familiar” book with new pages.
The babies lost their minds with squeals when I played peek-a-boo during the shape game. This group really got into “Colors Over Me” since I gave each child/caregiver pair scarves to use. I’m still not quite ready to do the parachute with the babies yet, but someday!