peaPod
3:2

You Are My Sunshine!

Domain:

In this activity, you will read a story together, make hand and/or foot prints with yourbaby, and talk about what makes them your sunshine!

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  • Developmental Step:

    Circle of trust (12 to 18 months)

    Age:

    Infant (Birth to 18 months)

  • Song:

    It’s Great to Be Me

  • Activity:

    You Are My Sunshine!

Materials:

  • Song
  • Book “You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis
  • Paper
  • Finger paint (red, blue, yellow)
  • Paper plates
  • Wipes

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Bonding and attachment
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Fine and gross motor development
  • Communication and language development
  • Development of early literacy
  • Sense of self-worth in the infant

Key Developmental Facts:

  • Attachment is the emotional connectedness infants develop towards their caregiver(s).

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your baby to listen to and follow the story. Your baby is eager to learn about new things that they can do and discover. Doing this activity with your baby will help them gain a sense of worth. Using finger paint to make hand and/or foot prints will help your baby start differentiating and identifying him/herself as “me.” Spending time communicating and interacting with your baby, establishes the building blocks for emotional and social development.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • Who is _____________’s sunshine?
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read it together. You can help me flip the pages.
  • Do you see here the stuffed animal this child is holding? Which is your favorite stuffed animal?
  • Let’s make a special print of your hands (and/or your feet).
  • When we are done, we can hang it and it will remind me of my special sunshine!
  • Let’s put some paint on the paper plate.
  • Which color do you wish for us to use? Red? Blue? Yellow?
  • We can dip your one little hand in the paint and quickly stamp the paper here.
  • Look at your handprint!
  • You see, we have here 5 little fingers!
  • Let’s do it again with your other hand.

Instructions:

  1. Sit on a blanket on the floor with your baby, facing each other.
  2. Listen to the song “It’s Great to Be Me,” while gesturing to the music.
  3. Show the book “You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis to your baby.
  4. See the baby’s reaction (Are they curious? Is the baby following you? Is the baby reaching their hands to touch and grab the book?).
  5. Point to the pictures in the book and emphasize what the baby can do too, while telling the story. This will help engage the baby.
  6. Encourage the baby to babble and talk while reading the book. Take turns to create a reciprocal conversation.
  7. Put the materials (paper, paper plates and finger paints) in front of the baby where they can get dirty and make a mess.
  8. Ask the baby which color would they like to start with (use suggested dialogue) and pour the paint onto the paper plate.
  9. Help your baby dip their hand in the paint
  10. Use the suggested dialogue to talk softly to the child while painting. Talking to your baby so they can hear you talk and can listen to spoken language is important to their development.
  11. Repeat the same procedure using the baby’s other hand (if your baby is into it, you can proceed and continue with the foot print).
  12. Wipe the baby’s hand clean and wash their hands if needed.
  13. If your child is into the activity, try now using their feet one at a time.
  14. Praise the baby for making the handprints and hang it on the wall for both of you to see “the little sunshine.”

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peaPod 3:2

You Are My Sunshine!

Domain:

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

Age: Infant (Birth to 18 months)

Song: It’s Great to Be Me

In this activity, you will read a story together, make hand and/or foot prints with your baby, and talk about what makes them your sunshine!

Materials

  • Song
  • Book “You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis
  • Paper
  • Finger paint (red, blue, yellow)
  • Paper plates
  • Wipes

Desired Outcomes

  • Bonding and attachment
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Fine and gross motor development
  • Communication and language development
  • Development of early literacy
  • Sense of self-worth in the infant

Key Developmental Facts

  • Attachment is the emotional connectedness infants develop towards their caregiver(s).

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your baby to listen to and follow the story. Your baby is eager to learn about new things that they can do and discover. Doing this activity with your baby will help them gain a sense of worth. Using finger paint to make hand and/or foot prints will help your baby start differentiating and identifying him/herself as “me.” Spending time communicating and interacting with your baby, establishes the building blocks for emotional and social development.

Suggested Dialogue

  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • Who is _____________’s sunshine?
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read it together. You can help me flip the pages.
  • Do you see here the stuffed animal this child is holding? Which is your favorite stuffed animal?
  • Let’s make a special print of your hands (and/or your feet).
  • When we are done, we can hang it and it will remind me of my special sunshine!
  • Let’s put some paint on the paper plate.
  • Which color do you wish for us to use? Red? Blue? Yellow?
  • We can dip your one little hand in the paint and quickly stamp the paper here.
  • Look at your handprint!
  • You see, we have here 5 little fingers!
  • Let’s do it again with your other hand.

Instructions

  • Sit on a blanket on the floor with your baby, facing each other.
  • Listen to the song “It’s Great to Be Me,” while gesturing to the music.
  • Show the book “You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis to your baby.
  • See the baby’s reaction (Are they curious? Is the baby following you? Is the baby reaching their hands to touch and grab the book?).
  • Point to the pictures in the book and emphasize what the baby can do too, while telling the story. This will help engage the baby.
  • Encourage the baby to babble and talk while reading the book. Take turns to create a reciprocal conversation.
  • Put the materials (paper, paper plates and finger paints) in front of the baby where they can get dirty and make a mess.
  • Ask the baby which color would they like to start with (use suggested dialogue) and pour the paint onto the paper plate.
  • Help your baby dip their hand in the paint
  • Use the suggested dialogue to talk softly to the child while painting. Talking to your baby so they can hear you talk and can listen to spoken language is important to their development.
  • Repeat the same procedure using the baby’s other hand (if your baby is into it, you can proceed and continue with the foot print).
  • Wipe the baby’s hand clean and wash their hands if needed.
  • If your child is into the activity, try now using their feet one at a time.
  • Praise the baby for making the handprints and hang it on the wall for both of you to see “the little sunshine.”

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