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One of the best parts of having a baby is playing like one. Here’s how.

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Daddy’s coarse sandpaper beard.



12 months:

for your standing baby



the itsy bitsy spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. (Climb your fingers up through

the air like a spider.)

Down came the rain and washed the spider out. (Wiggle your fingers as you move your hand down, then straighten them to your sides.)

Out came the sun (Make an arc above your head.) and dried up all the rain.

And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again. (Climb your fingers up again.)



12–18 months:

for your walking baby



Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Touch your head, shoulders, etc.,
as you sing. If your baby likes
it, touch her as you name each part, too.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose! (Blink your eyes, pull gently on your ears, open your mouth, and wiggle and “beep” your nose ... then give your baby’s nose a beep, too.)
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. (Finish by tickling your baby.)



1 1/2–2 years:

for your running toddler



A Lion

A lion looking for her food

Is walking through the grass.



She sees her dinner up ahead And then runs very fast. (Speed up the rhythm as you say this and walk toward your child.)



Roar! Yum yum yum,

What a tasty treat! (Put up your “paws,” then pat your belly.)



Roar! Yum, yum, yum, I’ll catch my little sweet! (If your child doesn’t like to be chased, run in a circle as you say this; you can also use puppets.)


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