Our favourite free activity for babies and toddlers
I love reading to my baby and I am a sucker for some Wiggles style dancing. But there is only so many times I can read the same books over and over and recycle the same five nursery rhymes.
I have found Babies, Books and Rhymes sessions at my local library to be a lovely free activity to do each week. It is part of the First 5 Forever program, which is funded by the QLD Government. The idea is to make talking, reading and singing with your child part of your daily routine.
There are multiple sessions held each week at libraries all throughout Brisbane. Sessions run for about thirty minutes and there is no need to pre book, you can just turn up.
The sessions that I attend at Nundah library tend to be smaller, as it is a smaller library. If you go to a big library like Chermside, friends have told me that the sessions can have up to sixty attendees. That is a lot of rhymers!
Sessions include reading a story, singing nursery rhymes and having a clap along and a dance. You donít get put on the spot, it's up to you how much you want to interact with everyone. Itís just a fun chance for both you and your baby to socialise and do something new.
Singing and dancing with your baby doesn't come naturally to all of us. You may feel a bit silly and shy at first. But don't worry, after a certain amount of time, you will get used to it.
These sessions are also great practice for first time mums in leaving the house with a new baby. We all know how difficult it can be to arrive somewhere by a specific time. Use the sessions as a chance to practice getting out the door with a nappy bag in tow and also to start making some mummy friends.
Babies, Books and Rhymes is aimed at infants and toddlers. Now that my son is almost one, we are going to start attending the Toddler Time sessions aimed at toddlers aged 1-2. There are multiple sessions each week in libraries across Brisbane and itís the same concept of reading, singing, clapping and dancing.
If you have an older child, there are also Childrenís Storytime sessions for ages 2-5 years. I have not attended these yet, but according to the website, the sessions include stories, songs and mark making activities for young children.