Babies: Play

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.


Higher Higher by Leslie Patricelli*
Peek-a-Who by Nina Laden**
Tickle Time by Sandra Boyton**

Early Literacy Tip

Positive interactions in storytime can prepare children for school. Have a great time with your baby today!

Flannelboard: Shape Game

I used one of the balls from “Big, Bigger, Biggest”. I used the beach ball, so a few caregivers thought we’d be reading about the beach. But that’s okay!

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Cheek Chin*
  • I Bounce You Here*
  • Pizza, Pickle, Pumpernickel**
  • Roll, Roll, Roll the Ball**
  • A Smooth Road**

How It Went

Tuesday morning
Two babies had new words to tell Miss Katie. One can now say “milk” and the other had learned “more”. The very bouncy babies appreciated when I put on Laurie Berkner’s “Fruit Salad Salsa” in the middle for some shaking and egg shakers.

Thursday morning
The babies were absolutely superb cleaning up today! During “Roll, Roll, Roll the Ball”, babies loved to eat the balls. I was glad to have teen volunteers afterwards to disinfect all the balls. I did “A Smooth Road” three times because of smiles today. And I was three different babies come to sit on my lap at one point or another!

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