Book Babies: Kittens & Colors

This week in Book Babies, we had fun with cats, kittens, and colors. Even though Baby might not be able to distinguish colors as an infant, their visual development grows exponentially, so don’t be afraid to talk about colors with infants and babies of all ages.

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Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Talking about different colors is a great way to introduce new vocabulary. Don’t shy away from using words like “turquoise” and “gray” as well as the primary and secondary colors.

Activity

Using a clear bottle, add drops of food coloring while baby watches. Talk about the colors with Baby as you mix them and find things around Baby’s environment that match those colors.

Books Presented

Cat's Colors by Airlie Anderson

 Cat spends the day collecting colors, and when she is finished something wonderful happens.

Pop-Up Peekaboo: Meow! by DK Publishing

In this pop-up book, a cat looks for her animal friends.

You Are Light by Aaron Becker

Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light and enjoy the transformation as the colors in those circles glow.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Did You Ever See a Baby

Did you ever see a baby, (have your child sitting on your lap)
A baby, a baby?
Did you ever see a baby,
Go this way and that? (rock from side to side)
Go this way and that way, (forward and back)
And that way and this way. (side to side)
Did you ever see a baby,
Go this way and that? (forward and back)

www.piercecountylibrary.org

Getting Ready Song: I Wake Up My Hands

I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap,
And wiggle my waggles away!

(Other verses):
I wake up my feet with a stomp, stomp, stomp…
I wake up my eyes with a blink, blink, blink…
I wake up head with a nod, nod, nod…
I wake up my belly with a beep, beep, beep…
I wake up my hips with a shake, shake, shake…

– Oremlibrary.org

Colors Over You

(Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Red and yellow, green and blue, these are the colors over you
Red as a flower, green as a tree
Yellow as the sun, and blue as the sea
Red and yellow, green and blue, these are the colors over you

– Storytimekatie.com

Signing 

We Ask…

(tune “The Farmer in Dell)

We ask for milk like this, we ask for milk like this.
(squeeze fingers together to make a fist)
When we’re thirsty and want a drink, we ask for milk like this.

We ask for food like this, we ask for food like this.
(Bring fingers together & up to mouth)
When we’re hungry and need a snack, we ask for food like this.

We ask to have a change, we ask to have a change.
(alternate fists from top to bottom)
When our diaper is so full, we ask to have a change.

Additional Books

Rainbow Kittens: A Colorful Tale by V. C. Graham

A barnyard hosts a colorful litter of kittens.

Come Back, Cat! by Book Dash

A naughty cat won’t come back to play!

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