Great Stories That Babies and Toddlers Will Love
Books and stories feature prominently in
the lives of children and babies. I have included here my best baby
books and some other ideas for storytelling and visual games.
Stories are such an important part of childhood encouraging both
imagination and early language skills. Let your children see your own
enjoyment in reading and they will follow in your footsteps.
You’ll also find some other free and simple baby fun that will have you spending lots of pleasurable time with your little one.
baby is never to young to be read to. At this age babies will like to
help turn the pages of books, board books or fabric books are best. They
will enjoy the pictures, shapes and textures as well as the social
interaction and sounds. Try to choose books with simple, bold
illustrations. Your baby will like the same stories being read over and
over so don’t feel like you need to keep a whole library of books.
My top 5 best baby books would have to be
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Counting Kisses- A Kiss & Read Book by Karen Katz
- The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
are concepts that can take a while for babies to grasp so playing
simple games with a paper bag and a few toys will help them understand
what these words mean.
a photo album of the friends and family that your baby is familiar
with. She will love to sit down and turn the pages with you talking
about the people you see and helping her to learn their names. It is
also a good way to learn about family who may be distant from you.
Babies of this age love looking at themselves in the mirror. Different activities that you can play with him include
- smiling and laughing
- shaking different parts of his body
- clapping hands
- making strange noises like those of animals or sounds with an emphasis on the lips
or finger puppets can be used to play peek-a-boo. She will quickly
learn and become excited at the anticipation of the moment when the
puppet appears. Hide and seek games like this actually wire your baby’s
brain for cognitive skills.
Similar games can be played with a piece
of light material which you can place over your head or peek around the
sides. If you don’t have any props you can always play with your hands.
After your baby understands the game you can try placing the material
over her face and see if she pulls it off.
Puppets are also great for telling stories. Finger puppets are easily
carried in your handbag and be pulled out at any time when you are stuck
somewhere without anything for entertainment.