Baby & PreK Bits - FARM

Ms. Rachel is doing FARMS this week in Preschool Storytime and Baby PlayGroups.
For the youngest children:
Farmer Doogie has plenty to do each day.
Follow a Hen on her walk around the farm in Rosie's Walk.
Sing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" along with Victor Johnson in the CD Country Blues for Kids.
For kids who like more of a story:
The farm is a noisy place in Too Much Noise.

Baby Bits - Beach

Folks ask ... What do BABIES like to read? Pick books with pictures of things they see in their everyday life. They are learning to say words, recognize things they see, and can extend into new places that are related.

Since it is summer now, I choose "beach" and "sea" books to try:
All You Need For A Beach shows kids and activities at the beach.
Senses At The Seashore uses photos of kids and clearly suggests items for all the senses.
Ocean Babies depicts all kinds of sea life.

Baby Bits - Froggies

Ms. Rachel did FROGGIES in Baby PlayGroup this week. Try some books and some songs from the following list:
Jump Frog Jump by Robert Kalan.
Sing "Five Green And Speckled Frogs" in Five Little Monkeys by Dennis Buck.
Sing "Five Little Frogs" with Raffi in Singable Songs For The Very Young.
Find other program songs we sing in With You by Gemini, our Local Artists.

Baby Bits - Books and Play

BABY PLAY GROUPS will return to all Branches AGAIN, the week of June 22!
Books for Babies and Toddlers often include playing a game. Counting, finding, touching, and learning are all fun games. Here are a few examples in Board Book format.
Counting Cockatoos
I Spy Little Bunnies
My Very First Book Of Shapes
Pat The Bunny
Do them once. Do them again!
Now you are a part of the FUN game.
AGAIN!

Toddler Bits - PLAY Activities

Looking for activities to do with Little Kids? There are great ideas for Play and Arts in the following books:
The Big Book Of Playtime Activities
Games To Play With Toddlers
Bright From The Start
Entertaining and Educating Babies and Toddlers

BABY Bits - Let Them DANCE !

PlayGroup Sessions end, BUT let those Babies DANCE at TRAVERWOOD on December 28, 4:00 - 4:30 pm. Push back the coffee table; clear out the lamps; and have a dance in the Living Room to practice with:
Heel, Toe, Away We Go
Stomp, Glide, Wobble
Motown Dances
Shakin' A Tailfeather

Baby Bits - Happy Birthday NEW Year!

The NEW YEAR is coming. Sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Here are some birthday books and songs you can enjoy with your baby.
STORIES: Little Gorilla
The Birthday Box
Oscar's Half Birthday
F Is For Fieasta
SONGS on CD: Birthday Party!
Birthday Party Songs

Baby Bits - Boynton Books

When you are reading to Babies and Toddlers be sure to include board books by Sandra Boynton. They are fun ... even after you have read them over, and over, and over, and over .... =)
Doggies; Blue Hat, Green Hat; Barnyard Dance; Moo, Baa, La La La!; But Not The Hippopotamus!; Horns To Toes And In Between; and Pajama Time!.

Baby Bits - What To Do With the BABY-O

What do you do with the Baby-O ?
Start with Art ! FIRST ART: Art Experiences For Toddlers And Twos is packed with recipes and ideas for first art experiences anyone can do at home or in groups.
Then the Games ! The Baby's Game Book reminds you of plenty of lap games to count on and bounce on.

Baby Bits - To Market To Market to Buy a Fat Pig !

Home again Home again Jiggety Jig! My favorite rhythm-and-rhyme book for little folks is Piggy In The Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz. It tells a piggy story with nursery rhyme rhythm. You can watch and listen to a claymation version of the story in the Reading Rainbow DVD Piggy In The Puddle, which includes "This House Is Made Of Mud" and the "Hippopotamus Song".

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