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Hello from home to all of my beloved storytime families. I have missed you all so much and have thought of you often over the past couple of weeks. I know that there has been so much chaos and uncertainty thrown into our lives and so I hope that everyone has been able to find little moments of connection and joy. One thing that I’ve found to be so beneficial in my own home is trying to figure out a new daily rhythm for our family and then doing our best to stick to it everyday.

Below is an example of our daily rhythm and examples of activities for babies that could be used throughout the day:
  • Morning invitation for play: stacking toys
  • Breakfast: mindful eating- talk about texture and flavors of each food
  • Music and movement: shakers, scarves, lap bounce, dance party
  • Lunch: have a picnic and play with bubbles
  • Quiet time/nap time: stories and soothing songs
  • Family group projects: finger painting
  • Snack: make a colorful snack and talk about the colors you see
  • Outdoor exploration: go on a family nature walk and identify birds, clouds, trees etc. using detail to help build vocabulary
  • Evening invitation for play: rolling toys
  • Dinner: mindful eating- talk about texture and flavors of each food
  • Bedtime routine:  bathtime play, stories and soothing songs
Jbrary will be a great resource to explore while at home: 
For older siblings, here is a list of snacks or meals that can be fun to make together as a family: 
  • Tortillas
  • Homemade Pasta or Pizza
  • Smoothies 
  • Muffins 

Visit our resource page if you need basic necessities. And don’t forget you can sign up for TALK to get activity ideas delivered to your phone twice a week for kids 5 and under. Stay safe out there and be well. We’re all in this together so feel free to reach out to me at khamilton@ypsilibrary.org if you need additional resources. Love always, Kristen.