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3:1

I Can Do It Too!

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In this activity, you will read a story with your infant and talk about what they are ableto do while playing with blocks making the tallest tower!

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  • Developmental Step:

    Circle of trust (12 to 18 months)

    Age:

    Infant (Birth to 18 months)

  • Song:

    I Can Do It By Myself

  • Activity:

    I Can Do It Too!

Materials:

  • Song
  • The book “You Can Do It Too!” –by Karen Baicker
  • Blocks

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Bonding and attachment
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Development of early literacy and language
  • Baby’s sense of “I can do it”
  • Cause and effect
  • Numbers, counting, shapes and size

Key Developmental Facts:

  • Cause and Effect: Around 8 months of age, the baby connects simple actions such as dropping an object and observing how it has to be picked up in order to be able to drop it again.

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity with your baby, you will encourage them to listen and follow the story. Your baby will gain a sense of “I can do it” while building and rebuilding a tower of blocks. Building a tall tower and discovering what happens when you add too many blocks, provides your baby the opportunity to obtain new cognitive skills and starts linking events and actions (cause and effect). Spending time with your baby will establish the building blocks for social development.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read it together. Help me flip the pages.
  • Look at you! Your grip is so strong and tight.
  • Let’s see how you can put one block on top of the other.
  • What is going to happen to the tower as it becomes so tall? Let’s see!
  • Oh! Look our tower collapsed! What are we going to do?
  • This is so fun to start all over again.
  • Let’s try to make our tower the tallest one!
  • Let’s count how many blocks we have here.
  • I can build a tower next to yours and we can see which one is taller.

Instructions:

  1. Have the baby sit on a blanket on the floor facing you.
  2. Listen to the song, “I Can Do It by Myself” with the baby and highlight the things the baby can do.
  3. Show the book “You Can Do It Too!” –by Karen Baicker to your baby.
  4. See the baby’s reaction (Are they curious? Is the baby following you? Does the baby reach their hands to touch and grab the book?)
  5. Read the book while pointing out the pictures in the book. Stop every time to emphasize what the baby can do too.
  6. Encourage the baby to point to items as portrayed in the pictures.
  7. Take pauses to encourage the baby to babble and talk.
  8. Put out the blocks and offer the baby to put one block on top of the other to create a tower.
  9. You can demonstrate at the beginning how to add blocks to create a tower. Also describe what you are doing.
  10. Encourage the baby to start all over and rebuild the tower. Take turns adding blocks.
  11. Use the suggested dialogue to talk softly to the child. Language development starts by you talking to your baby so they can hear you and listen to spoken language.
  12. Repeat building and rebuilding as long the baby is interested and responds excitedly.
  13. You can count the blocks; talk about their shape and about how tall/ short or high/low they are.
  14. Praise the baby for making things happen!

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peaPod 3:1

I Can Do It Too!

Domain:

Developmental Step: Circle of trust (12 to 18 months)

Age: Infant (Birth to 18 months)

Song: I Can Do It By Myself

In this activity, you will read a story with your infant and talk about what they are able to do while playing with blocks making the tallest tower!

Materials

  • Song
  • The book “You Can Do It Too!” –by Karen Baicker
  • Blocks

Desired Outcomes

  • Bonding and attachment
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Development of early literacy and language
  • Baby’s sense of “I can do it”
  • Cause and effect
  • Numbers, counting, shapes and size

Key Developmental Facts

  • Cause and Effect: Around 8 months of age, the baby connects simple actions such as dropping an object and observing how it has to be picked up in order to be able to drop it again.

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity with your baby, you will encourage them to listen and follow the story. Your baby will gain a sense of “I can do it” while building and rebuilding a tower of blocks. Building a tall tower and discovering what happens when you add too many blocks, provides your baby the opportunity to obtain new cognitive skills and starts linking events and actions (cause and effect). Spending time with your baby will establish the building blocks for social development.

Suggested Dialogue

  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read it together. Help me flip the pages.
  • Look at you! Your grip is so strong and tight.
  • Let’s see how you can put one block on top of the other.
  • What is going to happen to the tower as it becomes so tall? Let’s see!
  • Oh! Look our tower collapsed! What are we going to do?
  • This is so fun to start all over again.
  • Let’s try to make our tower the tallest one!
  • Let’s count how many blocks we have here.
  • I can build a tower next to yours and we can see which one is taller.

Instructions

  • Have the baby sit on a blanket on the floor facing you.
  • Listen to the song, “I Can Do It by Myself” with the baby and highlight the things the baby can do.
  • Show the book “You Can Do It Too!” –by Karen Baicker to your baby.
  • See the baby’s reaction (Are they curious? Is the baby following you? Does the baby reach their hands to touch and grab the book?)
  • Read the book while pointing out the pictures in the book. Stop every time to emphasize what the baby can do too.
  • Encourage the baby to point to items as portrayed in the pictures.
  • Take pauses to encourage the baby to babble and talk.
  • Put out the blocks and offer the baby to put one block on top of the other to create a tower.
  • You can demonstrate at the beginning how to add blocks to create a tower. Also describe what you are doing.
  • Encourage the baby to start all over and rebuild the tower. Take turns adding blocks.
  • Use the suggested dialogue to talk softly to the child. Language development starts by you talking to your baby so they can hear you and listen to spoken language.
  • Repeat building and rebuilding as long the baby is interested and responds excitedly.
  • You can count the blocks; talk about their shape and about how tall/ short or high/low they are.
  • Praise the baby for making things happen!

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