Baby Story Time

Baby Story Time

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Description: 
For this program we did an 8-week registration only Story Time session for babies aged 6 months - 2 years. We made a theme for each week as follows: Week 1: Animals Week 2: Colours Week 3: Movement Week 4: Weather Week 5: Feelings Week 6: Vehicles Week 7: Food Week 8: Nursery Rhymes Each week we read short, simple board books that fit each theme and sang songs and did simple activities. Ex. Week 1 was Animals, we had animal puppets for Amanda (who ran the program) and various stuffed animals for each of the babies. - Week 2 was colour, and Amanda supplied each of the babies with paint and cardstock in a paperbag, and they did finger painting - For Week 4, that was Weather, we sang songs about rain "It's Raining, it's pouring.." and did activities with a parachute (which the kids absolutely LOVED). - For Week 6 we did vehicles and had toy vehicles that each of the kids played with - Week 7 was Food, the kids played with play food.
Number of sessions: 
8
Frequency: 
Weekly
Length of program session: 
30-60 minutes
Presenter(s): 
Amanda Sanders
Audience
Primary Audience: 
Babies/Toddlers
Secondary Audience: 
Young Families/Parents
Resources
Resources required (materials/supplies; food/refreshments, etc.): 
Stuffed animals, cardstock, paint, play food, toy cars, parachute
Evaluation
What were the goals/objectives of your program?: 
A themed story time for babies, based on the results of a survey that was simple that could get young families comfortable coming to the Library, even if their child made a lot of noise.
Feedback from Participants: 
Parents loved the laid back nature of the program, it took place 1 hour before we opened each Friday morning for the program. The day with the parachute was also the most well received day, the kids LOVED IT.
Highlights - what worked well?: 
Babies are very easily entertained, and parents love the break from having to be that person to do it.
What would you change about this program?: 
I would probably bring in someone who was actually musically inclined, because I am not.