Who drew the funny face? Who ate the cookie? Who lost their pajamas? This lift-the-flap book will have your little one giggling with joy as she meets a silly group of baby friends.
Before, During and After Reading
Read the title to your baby and explain what is on the front cover. If you have introduced the game Peek-a-Boo to her earlier, then she may recognize the phrase. If you haven’t played Peek-a-Boo yet, take a couple minutes and play the game before reading.
Help your child lift the flaps as you read. She may not be able to lift the flaps on her own yet, but demonstrating and helping her lift them will begin to develop her fine motor skills. After you lift the flap and read the page, ask your child to show you where the baby is and then answer by using your pointing finger. With time and repetition, your baby will be able to use her pointing finger and can show you where the baby is on the page.
Play a game of Peek-a-Boo with your baby while incorporating some of her familiar routines. Hearing the phrase “peek-a-boo” over and over helps your child to hear the smaller sounds in the phrase. She is also hearing the words “boo” and “you,” which rhyme and will assist in further developing her phonological awareness skills. You can try saying something like this:
Who finished reading a book with mommy? [Cover your face with your hands] Peek-a- boo! It’s you! [open your hands and point to her face when the word you is said]
Who is ready for their bottle? Peek-a-boo! It’s you!
Who is wearing a fresh, new diaper? Peek-a-boo! It’s you!
Try playing a game of Musical Peek-a-Boo with your baby. Learn more about the importance of pre-reading skills as your baby grows, and find more easy activities to help strengthen these skills in your 6- to 11-month-old.