Bathtime, Colors, and Playtime

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These books are designed for infants to handle and mouth. Even if thrown, they will not hurt anyone. While the children will enjoy having an adult read one of these books, they can also enjoy themindependently.

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

Bathtime, Colors, and Playtime
DK Soft Books
by Dorling Kindersley

Story Synopsis

These vinyl-covered foam rubber books must be squeezed! Each has bright, beautiful illustrations with single word labels. On the left-hand page Bathtimedescribes the steps in taking a bath, and the right-hand pages have one-word labels of items associated with that step. Colors focuses on one color for eachtwo-page spread. Playtime describes play situations, such as playing outside, playing together, or playing on the beach on the left-hand pages and theright-hand pages have one-word labels of items associated with that type of play.

Color Collection

Materials
brightly colored objects with one dominant color the same as the colors on the pages of the Colors book

  • Group like-colored objects together.
  • Let the child play with them.
  • As you read the book with the child, pick up objects of the same color as those on the page you are looking at.
  • Name the color and talk about it with the child.



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

Something to Think About

Infants are not going tolearn the names of colors from these activities. However, grouping various objects of the same strong color may plant the seed ofawareness and understanding of the concept.

Toy/Picture Match

Materials
toys that match those in the Playtime book

  • Gather a few of the toys pictured in the Playtime book.
  • Put the toys in your lap.
  • As you read the book with the child, point to a picture of a toy that is in your lap.
  • One by one, pick up the toys from your lap and ask the child if the toy you are holding is like the one in the book.

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

Bathtime Fun

Materials
objects that are the same or similar to objects in the Bathtime book

  • After reading the book together, place a few of the items from the book (such as a small towel, a bath sponge, a rubber duck) in front of the child.
  • Encourage him to touch the objects.
  • Show him the pictures of these objects in the book.
  • Let him play with the bathtime objects.
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