Book Babies: Food

by | Jan 21, 2021 | Blog, Book Babies, Kid's Corner | 0 comments

Enjoy these food-themed books, songs, and activities!

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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

Teaching and practicing baby sign language can be fun and give you and your child an opportunity to bond. Limited research suggests that baby sign language might give a typically developing child a way to communicate several months earlier than those who only use vocal communication.

- Mayoclinic.org

Activity

Read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” or another book about fruit with baby. Point out the various kinds of fruit and model the ASL sign for baby. Then do the Yummy Fruit Salad rhyme (below) with them.

Books Presented

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Follows the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food, until, full at last, he forms a coccoon around himself and goes to sleep.

Can You Guess? Food with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Look for the colorful foods in this guessing-game board book featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Pat-a-Cake by Annie Kubler

A great introduction to books through well-known nursery rhymes and interactive text.

Pat-a-Cake by Mary Brigid Barrett

If you can pat a cake, why not a kiwi or a peach? How about a fuzzy caterpillar crawling on your knee? Join in as this well-known rhyme is expanded into a tactile exploration of a toddler’s world.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Yummy Fruit Salad

(Melody of “Baa, baa Black Sheep”)
Yum, yum fruit salad, (Rub belly.)
Can I have some more? (Use sign language for “more.”)
Apples, (Use sign language for “apple.”)
Bananas, (Use sign language for “banana.”)
And strawberries, galore! (Use sign language for “strawberry.”)

Throw it in a bowl, (Put arms in a circle in front of body.)
Mix it up good, (Spin around in place.)
Give some to your friends, (Use sign language for “friend .”)
Then eat it all up! (Use sign language for “eat .”)

Yum, yum fruit salad, (Rub belly.)
Can I have some more? (Use sign language for “more.”)
Apples, (Use sign language for “apple.”)
Bananas, (Use sign language for “banana.”)
And strawberries, galore! (Use sign language for “strawberry.”)

 

– Adapted from Artsy Toddler Storytimes by Carol Garnett Hopkins

Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,
Bake me a cake, as fast as you can;
Pat it, prick it, and mark it with B,
Put it in the oven for baby and me.

– Poetryfoundation.org

Five Little Apples

Five little apples
Hung in a tree
The farmer wasn’t looking.
So guess who came to eat?
A caterpillar! Munch munch munch!

Four little apples
Hung in a tree
The farmer wasn’t looking.
So guess who came to eat?
A horse! Munch munch munch!

Three little apples
Hung in a tree
The farmer wasn’t looking.
So guess who came to eat?
A pig! Munch munch munch!

Two little apples
Hung in a tree
The farmer wasn’t looking.
So guess who came to eat?
A bird! Munch munch munch!
One little apple
Hung in a tree
The farmer wasn’t looking.
So guess who came to eat?
A scarecrow! Munch munch munch!

Now the tree is bare
There are no more apples there
But when next fall comes around
Guess who’ll be there!
The caterpillar
The horse
The pig
The bird
And the scarecrow!

– Storytimekatie.com

Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
Acka backa boo,
(lean forward on ‘boo’)
Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
I love you!
(kiss baby’s head or hug baby)
Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
Acka backa boo,
(lean forward on ‘boo’)
Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
Up goes you!
(lift baby/arms up)

-Jbrary

Signing

Sensory Activity

“Apple”

“Banana”

“Strawberry”

“Friend”

“More”

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