Baby Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids

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You have come to the right place if you are looking for fun, engaging and exciting Babies themed activities to do with toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. Our activities are widely used by teachers, moms, dads, child care providers and more!

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Baby Arts and Crafts

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Baby Painting
Painting with Q-tips and pastel tempera, on small pieces of paper. You can frame their baby paintings on pastel construction paper.

Baby Painting 2
Remind the children that when babies color they scribble all over the paper. Do a project like a baby. They will scribble all over a white piece of paper and then paint over with a light wash of black paint. The children are fascinated to see how the paint does not stick to the color but only to the white paper.

You do have to remind them, however, to color pretty hard when they are scribbling. But it makes a pretty picture when they are through.

Magic Painting Bag
Need:
1/4 cup of liquid laundry starch
3 tablespoons of powdered tempera paint
A large Ziploc plastic bag
Masking or cloth tape
Several colors of construction paper

What you do:
Mix the starch and paint together and put a glob of it into the plastic bag.
Squeeze out the air before “zipping” the bag closed (a piece of tape across the top will prevent any leaks)
Gently smooth the bag to distribute the paint. Then show your child how to rub his hands over the bag, making swirls, and designs. The fingerpainting can be done on a table or the floor or on a lap tray, if sick in bed or traveling.
For a colorful effect slip a piece of construction paper under the bag and see how it changes the color of the paint. Children think it is magic, and grownups love the no cleanup feature. This is very nice for young children because they get to paint and no worries about them eating it or getting it all over everything.

 

Baby Games and Activities

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Baby Game
For a group “game” have the children take turns on a medium-sized blanket. The rest of the group kneels around the edge, and together, lifts the “baby” up a few inches, so they can rock the “baby” and sing a lullaby. Good cooperative, peaceful feeling.

Who’s That Baby?
Have the children bring in their baby pictures and after the children have guessed who is in the picture, have that child come up and talk about the similarities and the differences between the child as a baby and the child now.

Then talk about what they can do now that they couldn’t do as babies. This helps them to realize that even though sometimes they feel like they’re too little to do a lot of things, there are really a lot of things that they can do.

Circle time discussions:
Ask open ended questions to children about babies, such as:
* How do babies get around?
* What kinds of foods should babies eat?
* How do babies tell us what they want or need?
* What kinds of toys are good for babies? What kinds are not?
* What do you remember from when you were a baby?
* Any kids with babies in their house can talk about them.

Other circle time ideas:
Show the kids different baby items (pacifier, bottle, diaper, formula, newborn clothes, baby wipes, baby food jar, Etc.). Ask children what the object is and why it is needed.

Caring for a Baby
Have one of your parents who has a baby bring the baby in. The children will get a chance to watch the mother feed the baby and they can ask her questions about taking care of the baby.
Outside, have a station set up to bathe baby dolls. Using plastic tubs filled with water and washcloths, the children will have the chance to bathe a doll and then dry it.

Baby Game
Create 2 laminated grids of baby pictures (wrapping paper or greeting cards are good sources). Set out on a table with die or dice and two containers of small baby theme counters (inexpensive plastic diaper pins, rattles, and pacifiers that are sold as party favors for baby showers).

Older children may play by taking turns rolling dice and taking the appropriate number of baby items for the babies on their grid. Younger children may just place counters on babies, exploring one-to-one correspondence.

 

Baby Songs, Poems and Finger Plays

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Fingerplay
5 little fingers on this hand(hold up 5 fingers)
5 little fingers on that(Hold up 5 fingers on the other hand)
A dear little nose(Point to nose)
A mouth like a rose(point to mouth)
Two little cheeks so tiny and fat(point to cheeks)
Two eyes and two ears(Point to eyes and then ears)
And ten little toes(Point to toes)
That is the way the baby grows.

Folk Song “Hush Little Baby”
Hush little baby, don’t say a word
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
If that mocking bird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
If that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass.
If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat
If that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull
If that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover
If that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart
If that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Poem for Baby
Little fingers,
Little toes,
Little mouth,
Little nose.
Little ears,
With which to hear.
Little baby
So precious and dear.

Poem: Little Baby
Here is a baby so soft and small
His legs can’t walk, so he must crawl.
He drinks from a bottle and naps in a crib.
He dribbles his food, so he wears a bib.
When his pants are wet, he starts to cry.
His mom will change them, so he’ll be dry.

 

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