Monday, August 1, 2011

To Market, To Market...Farmer's Market Fun for Babies

Here is a farmer's market themed program for your very youngest audience!  Great for a baby lapsit with babies 9-18 months old and their caregivers... Be sure to bring a bunch of real or fake vegetables and fruit to play with, a couple of baskets to empty and fill, and maybe a couple of big straw hats to play peek-a-boo.

PROGRAM for baby/parent:

Song:
This is the way we clap our hands, clap our hands, clap our hands.
This is the way we clap our hands so early in the morning.
This is the way we wiggle our ears, wiggle our ears, wiggle our ears.
This is the way we wiggle our ears so early in the morning.
This is the way we wave hello, wave hello, wave hello.
This is the way we wave hello so early in the morning.

Rhyme (on fingers or toes):
This little piggie went to market
This little piggie stayed home
This little piggie ate roast beef
This little piggie had none
And this little piggie went wee wee wee all the way home

Rhyme (first time with clapping, second time with patting knees):
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
(repeat)

Picture Walk:
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert       OR        Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z (Harcourt Brace Big Book)Growing Colors by Bruce McMillan

                         Growing Colors

Ask babies older babies to point to a red/green/orange fruit.  Ask them to match it with one of the fruit/veggie props that you have with you.  Talk about how the fruits and vegetables in the pictures and in the room feel, smell, and look.
Bounce:
Giddyap, horsie, to the fair.
What'll we buy when we get their?
A penny apple, and a penny pear.
Giddyap, horsie, to the fair.
(repeat faster and/or slower a couple of times)

Bounce:
Father and Mother and Uncle John went to market, one by one.
Father fell off!
Mother fell off!
But Uncle John went on and on and on and on......

 Song:
This is the way we clap our hands.....
This is the way we wiggle our ears....
This is the way we wave goodbye...


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