Book Babies: Let’s Get Dressed!

by | Feb 16, 2021 | Blog, Book Babies, Kid's Corner | 0 comments

Getting dressed is a great opportunity to practice singing, talking, and playing with you child, and you do it every day! It doesn’t take a lot of time to add a song, match a shoe, and talk about why we wear clothes. It’s also a great way to “see” how your child is feeling from the clothes they choose to wear.

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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

Even though babies will not actually understand number words and concepts, rhymes with numbers prepare them for the idea of numbers and for counting by rote or imitation. Later they will connect the concept to the words.

- Lambert

Activity

Recite and play “Old Shoes, New Shoes” with your child by gathering shoes into a pile, then have them pick one, pair it to its match, and then sing the song together.

Books Presented

Get Dressed, Sasquatch! by Kyle Sullivan and Derek Sullivan

In the Pacific Northwest, the trees are always green, the eagles are always stern and Sasquatch is always, well, naked. But what happens when a rule-touting ranger shows up to ask Sasquatch to put some clothes on? Find out in this story of mountainous fun and evergreen hilarity.

Nita's First Signs by Kathy MacMillan

Nita communicates with her parents in sign language to ask for snacks, play ball, and express love.

Let's Dance, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton

A rhyming text about learning to dance is illustrated with Boynton’s familiar pig characters.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Baby Put Your Pants On

(Tune: Mama’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ Bread)

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on,
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3.

Repeat with other articles of clothing (socks or tights, shoes, etc.)

Now that we’re dressed, now that we’re dressed,
Now that we’re dressed, let’s go outside and play.

Now that we’re dressed, now that we’re dressed,
Now that we’re dressed, we’ll have a great day.

– Adapted from Youthscope.wordpress.com

 

Charlie Chaplain Went to France

(use when changing diapers, with baby laying on back, move feet to rhythm)
Charlie Chaplin went to France
To teach the ladies how to dance.
First he did the rumba, rumba, rumba
Then he did the kicks, the kicks, the kicks
Then he did the samba, the samba, the samba,
Then he did the splits, the splits, the splits.

– Youthscope.wordpress.com

 

Old Shoes, New Shoes

Old shoes, new shoes,
(Child) is wearing (description) shoes
One, two, three, four,
Now I tap them on the floor!

– Youthscope.wordpress.com

 

Additional Books

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

Lamby Lamb by Christopher Raschka

The narrator uses reverse psychology to get a young sheep dressed.

Touch and Feel Winter by Scholastic Inc

Offers textured images of things related to winter, including warm clothes, reindeer, and hot chocolate.

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