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1-2-3 Play with Me at Home

About 1-2-3 Play with Me

Looking for fun and engaging ways to play with your little one at home? Our skilled Children’s Librarians have developed a special take home kit just for you! 

Our 123! Play with Me at Home! take home kits include 4 fun and engaging activities that focus on dramatic play, art exploration, gross motor skill development and music exploration. A free book and handouts are also included. These take home kits are intended for children ages 0 - 4 and a caregiver. 

Kits are available at participating libraries in March, April and May.


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Importance of Play

Playing is important for health brain development.  Playing allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and strength (physical, cognitive, and emotional).  It is through play, children at a very early age engage and interact with the world around them.  1-2-3 Play with Me at home will help you engage in play with your child through multiple different avenues. 

Please visit with your children's librarian for more information on the importance of play in child development. 

 

Playing at Home

 

Reading List

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

Here's a life lesson for all children (and parents too): It's OK to make a mistake. In fact, better than ok! Beautiful Oops! shows young readers how every spill and smear, stain and tear, is an opportunity to make something beautiful. Filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, bends and smudges, it's a joyous book that celebrates the journey from blunder to wonder.


Kat Writes a Song by Greg Foley

On a gray and rainy day, a lonely kitten feels better after writing a song. As she sings the "magic" song around her neighborhood, her animal friends cheer up. This story shows how sharing your art with others brings joy and belonging!


My Museum by Joanne Liu

A young boy learns that art is all around us in this captivating wordless, picture book about a day at the museum.


Press Here by Herve Tullet

Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey.  Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next.


What If… by Samantha Berger

Creativity, the power of imagination, and the importance of self-expression are celebrated in this inspiring picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends.


The Wonder by Faye Hanson

This is a story about a boy whose head is always full of wonder. Most people call him 'The Daydreamer'. We follow him on an average-seeming school day, where his daydreams transform the world around him. Unfortunately lots of other people - the park keeper, the bus driver, the lollipop lady - all tell him to get his head out of the clouds. It is only in art class that he realizes he can bring the wonder out of his head for the whole world to enjoy.


Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry by Fausto Gilberti

A clever, quirky book about one of the world's most beloved contemporary artists - aimed at young readers and written from Kusama's point of view!


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Reading List

Biscuit Visits the Doctor by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

How much has Biscuit grown? Let's find out! Join Biscuit and the little girl when they visit Dr. Green's office for a checkup, and meet new friends, too! Woof!


Calling Dr. Zaza by Mylo Freeman

Zaza’s animal friends aren’t feeling well today. What do they need? A visit from Dr. Zaza!


Doctor Mouse by Christa Kempter

Friendly Doctor Mouse is happy to help all of his patients, but he can only see them one at a time. When the dog, hen, owl, and fox start talking to each other in the waiting room, they start to solve problems themselves. Will dog find a new friend? Will hen lose her fear? Will fox get a new pair of glasses? This humorous story will tickle your funny bone!


Leo Gets a Checkup by Anna McQuinn

When Dad takes Leo to visit the doctor, Leo learns to wait his turn, sit quietly while his eyes and ears are checked, and be brave during a shot. And, of course, Leo gets a book before he leaves Little brother Leo was first introduced through the best-selling Lola Reads series in Lola Reads to Leo.


Maisy Goes to the Hospital by Lucy Cousins

When Maisy bounces a little too high on her trampoline, she falls and hurts her leg. Maisy’s friend Charley goes with her to the hospital, where X-rays, a cast, and an overnight stay ensue.


Vicky Goes to the Doctor by Ifeoma Onyefulu

Vicky doesn't want to eat or play with her friends. She's not feeling well, so Mama takes her to see the doctor.

 

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Reading List

Big Body Play: Why Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play is Essential to Children's Development and Learning by Frances M. Carlson

So much learning and development happens throughout our lives, but much of it happens in our early years. Carlson helps caregivers understand and support the value of whole body play and development.


Move, Play, and Learn with Smart Steps: Sequenced Activities to Build the Body and the Brain (birth to age 7) by Gil Connell

Connell breaks down the stages of motor development into stages and provides concrete examples of fun activities to encourage each child, no matter where they are along the process.


Yoga Baby by Amy Hovey

Physical development begins with having a sense of one’s own body. Using photographs, simple language, and creative descriptions, Hovey has made a book for exploring yoga with little ones right from the start.


We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Children often learn best while pretending. This classic tale invites movement into the story as children join the family in running, climbing, and jumping along on an adventure.

 

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Reading List

88 Instruments by Chris Barton

A boy goes to a music store with his parents to choose an instrument. But, there are so many great options! After trying several instruments, how can he choose the right one?


Barnyard Boogie by Tim McCanna

The Barnyard Band is performing today. All the musicians are coming to play! Each animal musician knows what to do, but Cow can only moo! This charming book is a delightful read-aloud featuring funny musical sounds. Tim McCanna’s playful text will have children laughing, and Allison Black’s energetic illustrations will make children want to get up and move. Barnyard Boogie! is full of rhyming—and nonsense—sounds that will enrich and delight.


Music Is... by Brandon Stosuy

From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles--because music is for everyone, and music is for you.


Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunch room, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song...because it’s all good. The fun never stops—download the free groovin’ song.


Play This Book by Jessica Young

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text within this interactive book invite the reader to try various instruments and join a band.


Sing by Joe Raposo

Sing Sing a song. Sing out loud, sing out strong. So begins a song first made popular on Sesame Street, then interpreted by singers of every style, from Gloria Estefan to the Dixie Chicks to R.E.M., as well as famous personalities such as Conan O'Brien, Katie Couric, Nathan Lane, and Liam Neeson. Now, bestselling children's book illustrator Tom Lichtenheld has put a visual story to this timeless and universal song that celebrates perseverance, self-expression, and the power of music to help each of us find our voice!


Two Little Black Birds by Megan Borgert-Spaniol

This book includes a music CD so that you can sing this classic song about opposites at home with your little one while you read along!

 

Albums Available Anytime on hoopla

100 Toddler Favorites

From The Wheels on the Bus to Farmer in the Dell, this music album has all the toddler classics.


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Life’s Little Lessons

This album won’t disappoint Daniel Tiger fans!


Sesame Street: It’s Time to Rock and Rhyme

From Cookie’s Rhyming Song to Elmo’s Rap Alphabet, these songs are sure to get you up and ready to dance.


Waiting for the Elevator

Waiting for the Elevator is a compilation of songs about exploring and learning emotional, practical and life skills.

 

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wHERE TO FIND A 1-2-3 PLAY WITH ME TAKE HOME KIT

Early Childhood Take Home Kit: 123! Play with Me At Home!

All Day4/5 - 4/30
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
Looking for fun and engaging ways to play with your little one at home? Our skilled Children’s Librarians have developed a special take home kit just for you! Our 123! Play with Me at Home! take home kits include 4 fun and engaging activities that...
Library Branch: Almonte Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Almonte)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting
Event Description:
Looking for fun and engaging ways to play with your little one at home? Our skilled Children’s Librarians have developed a special take home kit just for you! Our 123! Play with Me at Home! take home kits include 4 fun and engaging activities that...

Early Childhood Take Home Kit: 123! Play with Me At Home!

All Day4/5 - 4/30
The Village Library
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Library Branch: The Village Library
Room: Online + Curbside (The Village)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
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Looking for fun and engaging ways to play with your little one at home? Our skilled Children’s Librarians have developed a special take home kit just for you! Our 123! Play with Me at Home! take home kits include 4 fun and engaging activities that...
Library Branch: Del City Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Del City)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Take Home Kit
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Looking for fun and engaging ways to play with your little one at home? Our skilled Children’s Librarians have developed a special take home kit just for you! Our 123! Play with Me at Home! take home kits include 4 fun and engaging activities that...
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Room: Online + Curbside (Edmond)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
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Looking for fun and engaging ways to play with your little one at home? Our skilled Children’s Librarians have developed a special take home kit just for you! Our 123! Play with Me at Home! take home kits include 4 fun and engaging activities that...

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Age Group: Birth-PreK
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