Infant Storytime: Playing

Today’s storytime was all about Playing and the letter P!

P felt board

Playing is one of the five easy early literacy activities you can do with your child every day to help develop their vocabulary and prepare them to learn to read in school when they’re older.  The five early literacy activities are: Talking, Singing, Playing, Reading and Writing.  It doesn’t take much to play with your baby.  The books we read today demonstrate that.  If you’d like some suggestions for new ways to play with your baby, here is an article on BabyCentre.co.uk that has some fun ideas.

We read Bounce, Bounce, Bounce: A Lap Game Book for Babies by Kathy Henderson.  This illustrates the different “uses” babies find for household objects, often not the use they are intended for. 🙂

bounce

We also read Whoa, Baby, Whoa! by Grace Nichols and illustrated by Eleanor Taylor.  If you’re anything like me and find yourself often telling your children “No,” you’ll definitely relate!

whoababy
Side note: One reason I like this book is that it shows a biracial family. My family is sort of biracial (or would you call it multiethnic?). I’m white and my husband’s Latino. There are quite a lot of biracial families in Pasadena, but most children’s books seem to show families that are all the same ethnicity. It’s always nice to find one that shows mixed races/ethnicities.

 

We recited the nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle” with a library flannelboard, and we learned a new tickle song:

You be the ice cream,
(Shiver your fingers around child.)
And I’ll be the freezer.
(Put your arms around her.)

You be the lemon,
(Touch her on the chin, lick your finger and make “sour” face.)
And I’ll be the squeezer.
(A nice hug.)

You be the hot dog,
(Pretend to take a bite somewhere.)
And I’ll be the bun.
(Another hug!)

You be the baby (or child’s name),
And we’ll both have fun!
(End with a tickle.)

Lastly, we played with bubbles!  I purchased this set of Gymboree Bubble Oodles on Amazon and tried them out with all the storytime groups today.

bubble oodles

They worked really well and lasted a long time.  But one thing I learned was that you can’t blow too hard, or no bubbles will come out.  Slow and steady breaths are best.  And the soap is very thick and if it gets on your clothing, you’ll have spots for the rest of the day!  (I’m sure it washes right out though.)

bubbles on pants

 

It’s worth it to see the kids looking so excited and happy 🙂

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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