Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Baby toys and supplies
Preparation for Activity
- Contact a family with a baby and invite them to attend the session, whether for a brief time or for the whole morning. Discuss what you will need to make the baby and parent comfortable, for example: Can the baby be fed? Diapered? Bathed? Will the baby want to crawl around? When is the best time for the baby to visit? How long can the baby stay in the meeting room? How can the preschoolers interact with the baby? Will they be able to play with the baby, or to gently touch the baby-pat the baby’s head, touch its hands or feet, hand it toys?
- Gather baby toys and supplies that the children can play with, such as baby stuffed animals, diapers, baby clothes, bottles, and rattles.
Description of Activity
Children have an opportunity to observe and interact with a baby.
Introduce the baby and parent(s) to the children when they arrive. Invite the children to speak with and gently play with the baby, reminding them to be quiet and respectful of the baby. Follow the parent’s lead, and let them share the baby with the children however they want, so the baby is relaxed and happy.
Point out the baby’s teeth or lack of them. Ask the children to share any stories they know about their own babyhood. What are some things they can do that this baby can’t do yet? Invite the children to play with the baby toys and supplies.
Including All Participants
If any children have mobility issues, make sure that they are able to see and interact with the baby.