Infant Program

The infant room offers a variety of age-appropriate activities for children up to approximately 14 or 15 months of age. Many of our activities are short and easy to do. They can be done while taking care of basic needs, such as feeding and diaper changing. Staff will incorporate fine motor, gross motor, sensory and language activities throughout the day.

For instance, while feeding, the caregiver may point to her nose, eyes and mouth, and then point to the child’s nose, eyes and mouth. After repeating this a few times, the baby begins to point to the caregiver’s nose, eyes and mouth, and will mimic the sounds that will soon become words.

Working equally well for younger infants is singing songs during diaper changes. We also have pictures on the floor and at the children’s eye level to stimulate looking, listening and talking.

We offer a wide range of materials for developing fine motor skills and sensory perception. Some are commercial toys such as baby gyms, snap-together beads and activity quilts. Staff members also have created toys including our favorite, plastic bottles filled with bells, balls, water, etc. What wonderful sounds these toys make!

From our daily walks inside and outside (weather permitting), to Cool Whip art, playing peek-a-boo, blowing and popping bubbles, reading books and singing songs, our infant room is a very busy and happy place to be.

Infant Room (approximate) Daily Schedule
The infants are on their own individual schedules.
Diaper changes are every 2 hours and as needed.
6:30--8:30 Breakfast
8:30 Music & Movement
9:00 Outside (weather permitting or Indoor Gross Motor
9:30 Snack
10:00 Sensory/Creative Activities
11:00 Outside (weather permitting) or Indoor Gross Motor
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Music & Movement
1:00 Toddler Nap Time
3:30 Snack
4:00 Sensory/Creative Activities
5:00 Outside (weather permitting) or Indoor Gross Motor

Lesson Plans
Group planning for the week of:
Changes to the environment: More children are now walking.
Changes to routine & schedule: Stronger emphasis on sorting & matching activities
Family involvement: Have parents bring in family photos
Indoor Experiences Sorting Shapes
Picture Cards
Stacking Rings
Cars & Trucks
Fish & Turtles
Stacking Cups
Outdoor Experiences Containers Little People Duplo Blocks Pegs Animals
Thoughts for next week: Incorporate more sensory materials