We all know the nursery rhyme The Itsy Bitsy Spider, right? But have you seen the Indestructibles edition? If you know anything about how babies approach books, you’ll be super impressed. First because of how its made. Thin Tyvek-like pages allow babies to grasp, crumple, and turn pages without tearing. And to droll and chew on the pages without damaging the book. Then by the engaging, modern graphics. Vivid, well-defined pictures encourage natural conversation between parent and baby. Additionally recognizing pictures builds vocabulary and encourages storytelling that becomes more complex as babies develop language.
Traditional nursery rhymes and songs delight little ones. Build memories. And serve as conversation starters. Granted, in the beginning conversations with babies are one speaker, one listener. Talk on nonetheless. Think about how important that is in creating emotional ties. The sound of your voice is one way the baby recognize you. In that way, reading together reenforces attachments. When reading The Itsy Bitsy Spider talk about the pictures. Point to the picture of the spider standing atop the waterspout. When next you see the spider in a puddle of water, wonder aloud where he got his rain boots. That could start a conversation about rain boots and muddy puddles. Everyone knows how much fun splashing in puddles can be. Share memories of walks in the rain. When pointing out the red ant wearing cool shades, chuckle. Then perhaps ask, “Whoever saw an ant wearing sunglasses? That’s silly.
Talking about how many legs the different insects have serves two purposes. Primarily it encourages the young child to look for similarities and differences. And introduces counting. Posing questions and putting forth ideas enrich the storytelling experience. Later as baby gains language skills, your monologues will become delightful conversations. Nontoxic. Safety-tested. Meets or exceeds CPSIA guidelines. Machine washable.