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Language/Literacy Development

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Developmental Area:  Language & Literacy

Target Age: 9 – 12 months

Objective: To begin the infant with using words that mean something.

Procedure: (Begin with 5 fingers splayed and palm away from you, bouncing hand to rhythm of verse...)

Five little monkeys
Jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
(hold up one finger, then rub head)
Mommy called the doctor
and the doctor said,
"NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED!"
(Index finger out, shaking in chastising manner)

Four little monkeys... etc.

Materials:  Only the Fingerplay…5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Sing Hush Little Baby

Developmental Area: Language & Literacy

Target Age: 4 – 9 months

Objective: Interacting with baby

Procedure: Sing the song to baby, while singing be sure to smile and touch baby.

Materials:  Hush, Little Baby

Hush, little baby, don't say a word.
Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird won't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turns to brass,
Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.
And if that looking glass gets broke,
Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat won't pull,
Mama's gonna buy you a cart and bull,
And if that cart and bull turn over,
Mama's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won't bark,
Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart.
And if that horse and cart fall down,
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Outside Puppet Show

Developmental Area:  Language & Literacy

Target Age: 9 – 12 months

Objective: To help children to enjoy stories…by showing them the interaction between the characters.

Procedure: Take the Puppet Theater outside and put on a puppet show for the children.

Materials:  Puppet theater, and several puppets

Baby Scavenger Hunt

Developmental Area:  Language & Literacy

Target Age: 9 – 12 months

Objective: Help baby understand words have meaning

Procedure: Walk around the yard telling baby what things are. Ex. Tree, rocks, grass, sky, etc…

Materials: The Great Outdoors 

Physical Lesson Plans

Baby Catch  

Developmental Area: Large muscles

Target Age: 6 – 10 months

Objective: To get the infant to use his hands and arms to move the ball.

Procedure: Roll a ball to the infant and encourage him to roll it back.

Materials: Ball and floor covering the ball will easily roll on.

Additional Comments: You can change this game by getting closer or further away from the infant.

Now you See it Now You Don’t 

Developmental Area: Large Muscle

Target Age: 3 – 6 months

Objective: To get the infant to start using his/her large muscles.

Procedure: Dangle objects for the infant to reach out to grasp.

Materials: a rattle, or other object to get the infants attention.

Additional Comments: Squeaky toys are popular with infants, too. Try different objects, one at a time until you find one that attracts the infant’s attention.

Take a Walk  

Developmental Area: Large Muscle

Target Age: 10 – 14 months

Objective: To help the infant develop his/her muscles needed for walking on his/her own.

Procedure: Hold the infant’s hands above his/her head and encourage him/her to walk around the yard.

Materials: None

Additional Comments: As the infant gets better at balance and coordination you can do this activity by holding only one hand.

Squeeze the Sponge  

Developmental Area: Small Muscle

Target Age: 8 – 12 months

Objective: To get the infant using small muscles, while having fun!

Procedure: Give the infant a sponge to squeeze filled with water to squeeze.

Materials: sponges and water.

Additional Comments: Make sure this is a clean sponge and water as we all know that infants will probably put it in their month.

Emotional Development

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Developmental Area:  Emotional Development

Target Age: 14 – 18 months

Objective: To help children express their emotions.

Procedure: Sing: "If You're Happy And You Know It"  using:
"If you're sad and you know it, cry a tear," and "If you're happy and you know it, wave your arms"

Materials:  None

Emotions Placemat

Developmental Area:  Emotional & Social Development, Art

Target Age: 16 – 18 months

Objective: To help children recognize feelings in others and show empathy for others.

Procedure: Help child find and cut out pictures of different emotions in magazines. Then help the child paste these pictures on a piece of construction paper. Laminate and discuss these emotions over and over with the child. Let the child use his or her placemat at meal or snack time.

Materials:  Construction paper, Scissors, Old Magazines, Glue, Laminator or clear contact paper.

Emotions Ball Relay

Developmental Area:  Gross Motor Skills, Emotions

Target Age: 18 – 24 months

Objective: to teach children about different emotions and help them understand their feelings.

Procedure: Have the children sit in a row on the ground. Place a box with several balls in it across the yard. Ask the first child in the row to walk quickly over to the box. pick up the ball, showing how they feel, walk back, give it to the next child in line and sit down. Then have that child walk over to the box, put the ball back in it and, choose his/her emotion from the box then return to his or her place in line, then have the child pass to the next child and repeat this procedure until all children have  had a turn.

Materials:  Several balls with pictures of emotions taped to them., A box

Feelings Tag

Developmental Area:  Emotional Development, Gross Motor Skills, Thinking Skills

Target Age: 18 – 24 months

Objective: For children to recognize and understand emotions.

Procedure: Draw large pictures of feelings (smile, frown, etc.) on the drive or sidewalk with chalk. Take turns calling out an emotion and the children have to get to that emotion as quickly as possible.

Materials:  Chalk, Driveway or sidewalk,

Cognitive Development

See Those Tracks!

Developmental Area:  Cognitive, Physical

Target Age: 9 – 12 months

Objective: Infants will grasp cars, and imitate what I do with them in the shaving cream, dirt, pudding, etc (whichever I choose).

Procedure: Place all the children around the pan that is on the sheet (they should be placed on sheet as well to prevent mess). Talk to the children simply about tracks, like, “Ooooh, look at the tracks everybody!”  Bring to their attention what the car is doing.  Make sure each child has a car to play with in the shaving cream. Allow the children to experience with the material hat the children are running their cars through.

Materials: Toy cars that can be cleaned easily (one for each child)., Pan or container for the shaving cream, etc., Large sheet for the activity to be held on.

Comments: With pre-toddlers and toddlers, one would want to emphasize more about the tracks, and how they are made.  By stressing the relationship between pushing the car and the tracks that are created, the children will begin to recognize what is going on.

Fill It Up

Developmental Area: Cognitive

Target Age: 9-12 months

Objective: This makes the infant feel powerful and supports his understanding of the concepts of empty and full.

Procedure: Give baby an empty shoebox and some small (but not small enough to choke on) objects to put inside and dump out again.

Materials:  empty shoe box

                 Small safe objects to put in the shoe box

Sand Monster

Developmental Area:  Cognitive

Target Age: 9 - 12 months

Objective: To teach a child about object permanence (meaning, things that disappear are actually just somewhere else).

Procedure: Hide your feet in the sand.  Let your toes pop out. Children love the thrill of "hiding" and "finding" things.

Materials: Sand box

Sound Ideas

Developmental Area:  Cognitive

Target Age: 9 – 12 months

Objective: To teach baby about sounds animal makes.

Procedure: Take baby outside and sit in the yard. Tell baby about the stuffed animals and show her what sounds they make—such as, "This is a lion and he says, 'Roarrr!'"

Materials:  Many different Stuffed animals

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