Art for Babies
Storytimes for babies and toddlers offer an opportunity to model great read-aloud techniques for parents and gives them the confidence to read to their children every day. A baby-toddler storytime can be followed by an extra 20 to 30 minutes of playtime, which encourages parents to talk to each other and for the young children to learn to play with others. It also demonstrates the importance of play to parents.
Welcome song: “Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed”
Mother Goose rhyme: “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”
Get ready song: “Open, Shut Them”
First book: Busy Fingers by C. W. Bowie. An overview of what fingers can do – including finger painting.
Fingerplay: “Here Are Grandma’s Glasses”
Second book: Maud Lewis 1, 2, 3 by Maud Lewis. Noted folk artist Maud Lewis’s work is used to illustrate a simple counting board book.
Flannelboard: “Dogs Colorful Day”
Movement song: “Zoom Zoom Zoom”
Third book: Look at Me! by Joanne Partis. A baby is shown doing several activities, including painting a picture.
Extra book if needed: Lulu and the Flying Babies by Posy Simmonds. A little girl romps through several paintings at the art museum.
Board book for parents: Colors: Early Learning at the Museum by The British Museum. Examples of fine art are used to demonstrate colors in this elegant board book.
Closing song: “Hello and Goodbye”