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Reading Hints
Modulate your voice as you read the book. Accent the rhyming words once you have the text memorized. For extra fun, dance with the baby while you tell the story.

Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r: Language
Baby Dance

by Ann Taylor, illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden

Story Synopsis

A tired mommy falls asleep on the couch. In order to give the mother a little rest, the daddy plays with the baby in an exuberant dance. Vibrant illustrationsreflect the joy of the interactions between father and baby.


no special materials needed

  • Just as the father and baby in the book had a hard time keeping quiet, it can be difficult for all young children to learn to moderate their voice and actions.
  • If the baby talks or makes sounds, see if he can imitate you whispering and "shushing" to be very quiet.

Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r: Movement

Something to Think About

Fathers typically play with babies with a different style than mothers. They are much more active, often swinging and tossing the child. It is importantthat the child has good head, neck, and torso control before such active play is initiated. Be sure to watch the baby's face carefully for cues that indicate fear or discomfort. Some people areunaware of the dangers that can result from overactive play with babies. During pre-service, or at least once a year, train all staff and volunteers about this issue. Ask a nurse to talk to the staffabout Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Do the Baby Dance

no special materials needed

  • Pick up a baby and do a dance similar to that shown in the book. Make sure the baby wants to do this and is having fun. Slow down if his face shows anxiety. The point is to enjoy theinteraction.
Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r: Pretending

Dance with Dolly

doll or stuffed animal

  • Encourage a child or children to help a doll or stuffed animal "dance."

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