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BABIES

BABY DAY
Plan a special baby day.  Have your children bring their favorite baby doll to school.  Here are some fun baby day activities.
 
BABY CIRCLE
Have children sit in a circle on the floor holding their baby dolls.
BABY DANCING - Play some dance music and have children hold their dolls up and move them to the music.
BODY PARTS – As the children hold their babies, ask them to point to various body parts on their babies.  Such as, point to babies head,  point to babies tummy.
GROUP CIRCLE – Have children stand and have everyone hold hands with dolls between children.  Form one big circle and all move towards the middle and then back out again.  Have children lift their hands up, thereby raising the babies up high.
BABY SONGS – Sing some of the baby songs listed at the end of this article with your children and their dolls.
 
BABY NAPS
BABY BAGS – Make a baby bag for each of your children.  You will need a 12” x 36” piece of flannel for each child.  Fold the flannel up 14” from the bottom and sew around the three double sides, then turn inside-out.  These little pouches are easy for children to slip their babies in and out of.
BABY NAPS -  Have children tuck their babies into their sleeping bags and lay them down for a nap.
BABY SONGS - Have children sing or hum soft baby lullaby’s to their babies.
 
BABY SNACKS
BABY BIBS – Make some simple baby bibs for your children’s dolls.  Have them attach with Velcro on the ends.  Let children choose a bib for their doll.
BABY SNACKS – Have your children sit at a table with their dolls and pretend to feed them a baby snack.  Serve juice in baby bottles and a small bowl of Cheerios.  Have children pretend to serve their dolls, then eat or drink the snack themselves.
 
OUTDOOR BABY RIDES
Take your children and their babies outside and let them enjoy one or more of the suggested rides below.
WAGON RIDES – Set out a few small wagons and let your children take turns taking their babies for wagon rides.
SLIDE RIDES – Set up a small slide for your children to use to give their dolls a slide ride.
DOLL SWINGS – Let children hold their dolls as they go for a ride on a swing.  Or devise a small doll swing; such as a box hung down from the limb of a tree.

BABY SONGS
 

THIS IS THE WAY THE BABY RIDES
Tune:  “The Mulberry Bush”

This is the way the baby rides,
Baby rides, baby rides.
This is the way the baby rides,
Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy.
                                    Jean Warren
                                    Adapted Traditional

(Have children sit down and hold their dolls on their knees.  Then raise and lower their knees.)
 

GO TO SLEEP
Tune:  “Frere Jacques”

Go to sleep, go to sleep,
Baby doll, baby doll.
When it’s time to wake up,
When it’s time to wake up,
I will call.  I will call.
                       Jean Warren
                       Adapted Traditional

 

ROCK-A-BYE BABY
Tune:  “Rock-a-bye Baby”

Rock-a-bye baby
Time to sleep.
Rest your eyes,
Rest your feet.

When you wake up
We’ll go out and play.
We will have fun
The rest of the day.
                        Jean Warren
                        Adapted Traditional


GOING TO TOWN
“Tune:  “Skip To My Lou”

Going to town, baby and me.
Going to town, what will we see?
Going to town, baby and me.
Skip to my Lou, my darling!
                          Jean Warren

                       

 
BABY DOLL
Tune:  “Humpty Dumpty”

Baby Doll, Baby Doll sat on the wall.
Baby Doll, Baby Doll had a great fall.
A great big hug and kisses from you.
Can make that Baby Doll as good as new.
Baby Doll, Baby Doll sat on the wall.
Baby Doll, Baby Doll had a great fall.
                                    Adapted Traditional
                                    Jean Warren

(Have children set their dolls up high, then knock them off and pick them up and give them hugs and kisses.)
 

WHERE IS BABY DOLL
Tune:  “Frere Jacques”

Where is baby doll?
Where is baby doll?
There you are!
There you are!
How are you today, doll?
Very well, I thank you?
Let’s go play.
Let’s go play.
             Adapted Traditional
             Jean Warren
(Have children hide their dolls behind their backs, then pull them out as the song suggests.)

                       

 
DID YOU EVER SEE A BABY DOLL?
Tune:  “Did You Ever See A Lassie”

Did you ever see a baby doll,
A baby doll, a baby doll?
Did you ever see a baby doll,
Go this way and that?
Go this way and that way,
And this way and that way.
Did you ever see a baby doll
Go this way and that?
                        Adapted Traditional
                        Jean Warren

(Have children hold up their baby dolls and make them move this way and that way.)