Australian Baby Animals Activity Time

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Activity Time
 

 

 

 

 

Australian Baby Animals by Frané Lessac

A classic showcase of Australian baby animals and their families for very young children.
 

How do I read to my baby?

You will need:
• You and your baby. 
 
What to do:
  1. In the newborn months cuddle up with your baby and talk about the pictures of the baby animals. Aim to read just a few pages, but know you can read for longer if you are both enjoying the experience
  2. By 3-6 months of age your baby will hold their head up and gaze at you and the pictures. Baby may also begin to touch the book and make sounds 
  3. By 6-10 months of age baby will make babbling sounds and enjoy feeling the pages
  4. By the time baby is 1 year old they may try to turn pages and make some of the sounds of the words. At this age they have learned all the sounds they need to speak their home language, although they can’t say many words yet. 
 
Other ideas
Babies need to be surrounded by parents and caring adults who talk with them and involve them in daily life. When babies are little they won’t understand everything you’re doing or why. But reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity that will develop your baby’s brain to help them learn to speak, and to understand how books work.
Invite other family members or friends to read or share stories with your baby. This could be grandparents, a family friend or a sibling. They can read the book or just talk about the illustrations. Spending time reading to your baby shows that reading is important.
 
Songs to sing 
Old Macdonald had a Farm, Round and Round the Garden or This Little Piggy Went To Market.
 

Key message: The best learning happens in nurturing relationships.

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