Part two: Baby day in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on December 27, 2011

in Baby Day, Special Occasions, Washing Babies

In my last post, I shared how we tried exploring baby bottles with a little baby bottle printing for one of our baby day activities.  The purpose of our baby day was to celebrate, with one of my students, the arrival of his new baby sister and on becoming a big brother.

Art Center

The bottle painting that I previously shared was only one of our centers. Below are a few more of our activities…

Bathing Center

For a little sensory play, I set out baby dolls, water, wash cloths, and bubbly water. The children used the water table to give their babies a bath.

These children will make wonderful big sisters and brothers some day…

Baby Powder Center

We also had the baby powder center.  I had collected several small bottles of baby powder and lotion for the children to explore. And boy did they explore…

The baby powder was quite popular.  Some of our boys spent most of their time at this station…

And of course, goggles are always a fun way to add a little interesting spin on exploring the baby powder center…

And if you get too much baby powder on the baby dolls, no worries – just give the baby dolls another bath…

Diaper Science

Have you ever pulled the stuffing out of a diaper?  I have heard that if you pull it out and add a little water, it can be used as fake “snow” in a sensory table…

For science, we explored the stuffing from a few diapers and added a little bit of water.  The sensory experience is quite unique. Some of the children were not so sure they wanted to touch it at first but it didn’t take long before everyone gave it a try…

Then we decided to add a little food color to the stuffing and mix it in…

Some of the children decided they wanted to take some of the stuffing home so the children were invited to make their own diaper sensory bottles to take home.

I always have extra bottles around for the children to make into sensory bottles as they like…

Dramatic Play

And of course, mixed within all the centers was the opportunity just to play with the baby dolls.  The children wrapped the babies in warm blankets, rocked them, held them, fed them, and cared for them…

This isn’t the only time we spend on play with baby dolls.  My students ask for them often so I keep a basket of baby dolls in the classroom for daily play…

 

As a side note to the baby bottle printing activity that I shared in my previous post:  When I first shared the baby bottle printing post on Facebook, I received a comment of concern that using baby bottles overshadow the option of breast feeding as way for feeding babies.

With all due respect, I am not so sure I know how to appropriately and adequately introduce breast feeding as a hands-on, interactive activity for young children to explore through their play – thus the reason for using baby bottles.  My goal is always to offer my students the opportunity to explore the people and tools in their environment through interactive, fun, hands-on experiences – not to promote one method of child feeding or upbringing over another.

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1 Sheryl @Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds December 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I just love these ideas, Deborah! We have many new siblings arrive during the school year and I’ve never felt we’ve “celebrated”. Thank you for the ideas!

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I hadn’t tried celebrating a new sibling before but it was right when school started and wanted to do something special with the class. They love it!

3 Stacy@Share&Remember December 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Great activities once again!

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Thank you Stacy:)

5 Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam December 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

What a great theme! And I love how the messy play encouraged the boys to play too! Perhaps, for breastfeeding, you could try to get some slings to wear the babies. Not the same thing, but it is a useful tool to help with breastfeeding and/or bonding with the baby.

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Now that is a great idea!! I never would have thought of doing that!

7 Having fun with our kids December 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I love the Diaper Science. I’ll be putting this one on our ideas to do list. I can’t believe I haven’t thought to try this one yet. Thanks for sharing.

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I am thinking we may try it again this winter for a snow sensory tub (of course we will use real snow at some point too)!

9 Diana December 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm

We use baby bottles at the art table, too. We fill them up with tempra paint and cut a wider opening to let the paint flow better. We then bounce the paint onto our paper making puddles then we spread the paint out with texture tools.

We have slings in our classroom, too; usually our students use them when their hands are filled with purses, computers and need a spare hand for carrying their baby.

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Haha – I didn’t cute the holes bigger but our paint was probably watered down enough that the flow was quite good. I can’t believe I never thought of using slings!! On my shopping list!

11 KM December 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

What a fantastically fun learning adventure! My kiddos would dig this! Happy new year!!!! Cheers to all your creative ideas that will be sure to delight us all in 2012. :)

12 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Happy New Year’s Katherine – my favorite photographer!!!

13 Ashley May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I think it’s funny someone said something to you about breastfeeding! My two year old who is still breastfeeding, loved playing with a baby bottle! She understands some babies drink from a bottle and some drink from Mommies. In her world she understands everyone is little different! It hasn’t swayed her to feed a baby in a bottle over breastfeeding. She just likes to play!

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