Written by: Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis
Explore and Discover
Babies are curious little things, looking, tasting and touching everything they encounter so that they can better understand the world around them. Talk to your child about the cover and illustrations, and bring their attention to different elements. Use prompts and questions like these to preface the story:
Look! I see a baby! This baby looks very happy. Do you see the baby?
These letters are all different colors! This one is yellow, this one is orange... What color is this letter?
I wonder what we will see in this book. Let's find out!
As You Read
As you go along, point out the different elements in the illustrations and give them all names. You may not be able to determine the genders of each baby, so be sure to alternate pronouns between she and he. Make comments like, "This baby is looking at the BALL! Can you point to the ball? She wants more MILK. See, there is her bottle right there." You can also ask questions like "Where's the daddy? Who is this?"
Be sure to repeat phrases to ensure that your child is following along. You can also make connections to the real world. For example, when reading "Bright-eyed baby sees so much." Ask, "What can we see?" Look around the room and point to things that you see. If your child is verbal, s/he can chime in too!
Talk to/with your child about the story and make your own comments if your child is not yet able to verbally respond.
Did you like that story? Can you show me your favorite picture?
There are a lot of babies in this book. Let's see if we can count them all!
Let's go back and find the baby on the floor!
Let's read the story again!
Extending the Story
Reach and Place Activities
All you need is an old shoe box, an empty egg carton, some plastic easter eggs and you've got the tools to create several fun and engaging games for your little one. Tons of Fun Preschool Activities gives us great ideas for mix-and-match eggs, eggs in a hole, and counting eggs activities that can help children with simple skills and motor development. You can also place some beans or rice in an egg and turn it into a shaker. Just be sure to tape it shut so that they don't fall out and create a choking hazard.
A Look at Child Development
The back of the book includes some useful and practical reaching tips, so take some time to consider each one and how you can implement them in your own home. You can also find some great ideas on ways to help your child's motor development with these simple activities.