“BABIES” – Weekly Theme #1

First time here?  Here’s the skinny – I do daycare (mostly my own kids), we do weekly themes…these are the activities we either accomplished or meant to:)  You can read a brief review of my approach to daycare and weekly themes OR just peruse for fun baby-themed activities.

“BABIES was the obvious first week theme for daycare this school year for two reasons:

  • We will have two infants this year.  Lil’ Lady started at the beginning of the school year (4 mo. then) and Cowboy, who was just born at the beginning of October, will join us in mid-November.  A little baby-awareness seemed only appropriate.
  • Loodle is OBSESSED with all things babies so I thought it’d be a good way to introduce the concept of a themed week to her.

Main objective (learning point) for the week?  We are ALWAYS gentle with babies and we NEVER feed them anything except if Mommy (a grown up) says its okay.

We didn’t get a chance to go to the library prior so focused on just a couple books from our own collection:

The No-Nothings & Their Baby  by – Anne Mazer

This is a cute book, although for some it might be a little “offensive” as they use the words stupid and dumb.  The kids like the fact that the No-Nothings keep trying to “do” the wrong thing for the baby thus they (the girls) could point out (i.e. scream and giggle) the RIGHT thing.

A Stable in Bethlehem: A Christmas Counting Story by Joy N. Hulme.

I like this book as introduction to the most important Baby.  It’s simple and engaging – any time of year.  The book counts down from 12 and rhymes.  The illustrations are fine – what I expect from Little Golden Books.

The Twelve Gifts of Birth  by Charlene Costanzo

Won’t read to the kids again.  An okay book as a gift to a mom-to-be, not so interesting to the kiddos.

On the Day You Were Born – by Debra Fraiser

I like this book, the kids get bored.  The illustrations are nice, the message sweet.  We read this occasionally but I wouldn’t buy again.

Math & Science

Baby Powder Silly Putty (recipe courtesy of MidWest Girl at Yahoo Voices)- This was really fun – once I followed the recipe.  Our first attempt ended in tears because I did not read the recipe to its end and was missing a key ingredient – BORAX.  Thankfully my clients had some and were gracious enough to bring it the next day.  Here’s how you make it:

  • Mix  in one jar:
  • 1 T. Glue – I used Elmer’s white glue
  • 5 tsp. Water
  • 1 tsp. Baby Powder – The recipe specifies talcum-based.  I used the 100% cornstarch because its what I had and it worked great.
  • Food coloring – not needed but fun to make various colors.
  • In a separate jar mix 1 tsp. Borax and 1 T. water. 
  • Combine mixes – it will be globby (best description I can think of).
  • Once combined pour onto clean work surface.  Add additional baby powder and knead until desired consistency.  (This is different than original recipe – I need plenty of additional baby powder).
  • Store in Ziploc baggies.

Diaper Science – An introduction to the concepts of weight and volume, diaper-style:)  We weighed each diaper (size 2 and 4) and made a hypothesis about which would hold more before filling them up incrementally with water.  WHO KNEW they could hold sooo much!! The girls liked this activity and each had their own “chart” to record their findings.  An activity worth repeating but next time I’ll put a little food coloring in the water so we can see where its going in the diaper.

Crafts & Art

Scribble Art – I LOVED making these as a child.  Simply make a “scribble” – making sure the ends meet up – and then fill in the various “openings.”  Miss Silly (5) was able to do the whole project herself.  Loodle (3) needed me to make the scribble outline for her.

Baby Cradles (idea from here) – Sounded good.  Cut toilet paper roll in half, decorate, stick halves together and -ta da – a “baby cradle.”  My little ladies hands flattened their halves thus cradles were not in our future.  They enjoyed coloring the toilet paper rolls BUT they’re obsessed with coloring so it could have been anything really:)  The original idea calls for using a “peanut baby” – with food allergy awareness on-going around here I was planning to use clothespins.  I wouldn’t do this again with preschoolers…perhaps with school-age children.

Coloring Sheets – The girls love coloring which means we print out and color ALOT of coloring sheets.  There are lots of free coloring pages on the internet- I’m planning to post a list of my favorites (those without log-ins, easy to print, good size, etc.) soon.

Kitchen & Home

Baby Bath – SOO FUN!!  The girls loved it, I loved it.  Not much to explain but best done outdoors (or perhaps in the actual tub?)  Little Man washed a ball – we only had one hard baby and the girls were struggling to share just with the two of them.

Baby Food Taste Test – I was prepared to do this (and still would) but the kids had no interest.  Maybe next time – stays on the list:)  I was planning to do a comparison (actual food vs. baby food) of the following: bananas, carrots, peas.

Sensory

Baby Products Smell “Test” (idea from here) – Again, no interest once this was set up.  I put little amounts of baby powder, baby shampoo, and baby lotion on cotton balls.  The goal was to match them to the correct bottle but, in all reality, the smells were pretty overpowering for the kids.  Probably won’t try this again.

Baby Bottle Rattle (idea from here) – We didn’t get to this because of 1) timing and 2) only old bottle I had was a pumping bottle.  I’d thought of giving this to Lil’ Lady as a present but wasn’t sure Mom & Dad would want my old nursing bottles:)  We were planning to fill with beads – the shinier the better.  I would like to try this in the future.

Music

Lullabies, lullabies, lullabies – the obvious choice, right?  Duh!  Unfortunately I didn’t make the connection (again, duh!) until after this week was over.  We don’t own any lullaby CD’s (I always sing to the kids myself) but these two CD’s I’ve rented from the local library multiple times:

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Bob Marley

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles

If you like The Beatles and Bob Marley the lullaby versions are fun to listen to – if not, you should be ashamed of yourself:)

Songs

Oldies but goodies – I sang both of these as a kid – I found the lyrics here and modified to match what I sang as a child.

Miss Susie’s Baby

Ms Sussie had a baby
she named him tiny Tim
She put him in the bathtub
to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water
he ate a bar of soap,
He tried to eat the bathtub
but it wouldn’t fit down his throat.

Miss Susie called the doctor
Miss Susie called the nurse,
Miss Susie called the lady with the alligator purse.

In came the doctor
In came the nurse
in came the lady with the alligator purse.

Mumps said the doctor,
Measles said the nurse,
nonsense (shout) said the lady with the alligator purse.

Shot said the doctor
Pills said the nurse
nonsense (shout) said the lady with the Alligator purse.

Hush Little Baby

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird don’t sing,
Mama’s going to buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama’s going to buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Mama’s going to buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Mama’s going to buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Mama’s going to buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Mama’s going to buy you a horse and cart.

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Cartoons & TV Shows

We only use Netflix for our “TV viewing pleasure” – all episode numbers correspond to how they have them listed.  I have noticed discrepancies between Netflix and other episode lists (ex. Wikipedia).

  • S4:E8 – “Big Sister Dora” (Dora the Explorer)
  • S4:E9 – “Super Babies” (Dora the Explorer)
  • S4:E22 – “Human Growth, Beakmania & Solutions and Suspensions ” (Beakman’s World)
    • Miss Silly LOVES science shows – Beakman is one of her favorites:)
  • Baby Looney Tunes – many episodes available on YouTube (the kids got a kick out of a couple of these – 10 min. each)

Movies

Babies – Thomas Balmes (Director)

We LOVED this!!  Four babies, four different locations around the world.  There is very little speaking (nothing direct to the camera)  but  ALL of my kids (even Little Man who NEVER watches shows) were enthralled.  There are some “exposed” parts (African moms and young children) – doesn’t bother my husband or I to show our kids.  I would ask daycare families before showing to their children.  You could just skip those limited parts if you felt it was necessary.

Friday Fun Food – (i.e. take-home treats)

Baby Food Bars –  I tweaked this recipe and will post my version soon.  Three of our five liked these alot – actually 3 of 4.  My husband WOULD NOT try them because they were made with baby food.  He joked that he’d eat “Man Food Bars” – I’m assuming that’s a burger, right?

So, that’s our week in a nutshell… ended up a longer post than I imagined:)  For fun, here is a picture of our entry way, or my daycare “tablescape” if you will:

Hope this provides some fun activities for all of you hard-working ladies (and gentleman) who spend your days (and/or nights) surrounded by littles.

The overall purpose of theme-ing our weeks, as I often tell my kiddos, is to…

Have Fun & Be Silly!!

Thanks for stopping by, Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

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