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Author: DK Publishing
Binding: Board Book
Year Distributed: 2007 - 2008; 2012 - 2013
Availability: Past Books
Themes/Topics: Farm animals, Babies
With expressive baby phrases and entertaining noises that are fun to read and stimulate talking, Fun Flaps are tuned into a baby's developmental milestones, encouraging early conversation between the parent and child and helping to develop language skills. This Fun Flaps introduces a variety of farm animals.
Age Group 6 months
What’s Happening at this Age
- Grabbing book pages
- Patting book pages
- Putting the book in their mouth, which shows their desire to explore the book further
Your little one is much more coordinated and can really grab onto things these days and not just your hair! They’re excited to get into the books you’re sharing and are increasingly able to handle the pages of board books. They’re also likely starting to drool and chew on things as their new teeth break through. It’s absolutely fine that your dear one is chewing on books now. The comfort they get from chewing on pages will be associated with books and will be another reason to love reading time!
Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 6-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your baby!
Why did we select this book?
Many babies at this age like to play peekaboo or love the surprise of something hidden being revealed. The Fun Flaps series opens a baby's eyes to a second image behind the sturdy flap. The revelation of that image has the added visual engagement to make a book appealing to babies. This kind of play also encourages your child to look at books for answers to questions like, "What do you think is under there?" and "Who will be on the next page?" From these early days, you're teaching your child to think about what is in books!
You know from playing games of peekaboo that the anticipation is almost as good as the surprise and the yelled Boo! You can build excitement around this book by pausing to draw in your breath (just as you do to build excitement when playing a real peekaboo game) before lifting the flap to reveal the next picture and animal noise. The book’s text is written in the form of a question to ask your baby. While your baby will not be able to speak the answer at this age, it is wonderful to ask your baby questions all the time. The way you raise your voice at the end of question models for your baby how conversation is made. For example, you can ask your baby, “Should we read the book Noisy Farm together?” Follow your question with an answer like, “Yes, I think it is a good time to read about barnyard animals.” When you ask your children questions, you not only model conversation, but show your interest in what they feel and think.
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