Take care of make-believe infants.

  • Target Age:  3-5 
  • Learning Goals:  diversity, appreciation & understanding, life skills, music, social & emotional development
  • Related Episode: Arthur's Baby


  • dolls or stuffed animals


Young children are very interested in babies. Help them learn more with this role-play.

  1. Care for baby: Make sure each child has a doll or stuffed animal. Ask your children to name some ways to care for a baby. Have them act out each task with their dolls (e.g., feeding, diapering).
  1. Play games with baby: Demonstrate games that can be played with a baby, such as Peek-a-boo or "This Little Piggy." Have your children try these kinds of games and rhymes with their dolls.
  1. Sing to baby: Have your children put their babies to sleep by rocking them and singing a lullaby. What lullabies do your children know?

Take It Further

Have children listen to lullabies from different cultures. Look for these recordings at your local library:

          A Child's World of Lullabies by Hap Palmer
          Daddies Sing Good Night (various artists)
          Earth Mother Lullabies by Pamela Ballingham
          Globalullabies by Freyda
          Lullaby Land by Linda Arnold

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1.

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