Author: Marion Dane Bauer

6 to 11 Months Concept

Help your baby discover toes, ears, nose, and more in this lift-the-flap book -- and start building beginning reading skills, too! The baby in this book is bundled in a mountain of clothes, and you’re invited to peek under the flaps of clothing to find out what's underneath. You and your child will play with this fun peek-a-boo book again and again!

Before, During and After Reading

Oral Language

Before reading the book, gather a few of the articles of clothing shown in the book. Put the clothing on your baby as you name each item. Then, you might say:

Touch your hat. What’s under your hat?  

Touch your pants. What’s under your pants?  

Oral Language

Help your baby take the clothing off as you read the story. Name the article of clothing while you point to the picture. 

Touch your baby’s body parts as you turn the flaps in the book to reveal what is underneath. Repeat the words for your baby and encourage him to name the body parts with you. 

Phonological Awareness

Help teach body parts by singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.” At this age, your child may not be able to do the movements to the song. If necessary, help him touch the body parts as you sing.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes

Eyes, and Ears, and Mouth, and Nose

Head Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes!

Follow your child’s lead and repeat the song as long as he is interested. For added fun, you might sing it at a normal tempo the first time and then sing it very slowly the next time. 

For more fun learning about body parts, check out these books: 

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.