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English for Babies: Nature

Note to parents: Learn English with your baby. All underlined words are explained in Wordchecker below.

Read and Listen: New Words

moon, star, sun, tree, rain

  1. tree
  2. sun
  3. moon
  4. rain
  5. star

On my lap

  1. Put the baby on your lap.
  2. Listen to the new words.
  3. Point at the picture on the screen.
  4. Repeat using your voice.
  5. Ask your baby to point to the picture as you say a word.
  6. Ask your baby a question:
    Where's the star?
    Where's the moon?

  7. Tell the baby the answer:
    There's the tree.
    There's the star.

  8. Show excitement when he points.
    Clap your hands and say:
    That's right!
    That's the moon.
    Good job!

Song, Rhyme or Story time

Mister Sun


Mister sun sun, Mister golden sun
Please shine down on me
Mister sun sun, Mister golden sun
Hiding behind the tree
My little baby is asking you
To please come out so he can play with you
Mister sun sun, Mister golden sun
Please shine down on me

Mister Moon

(Sing to same tune as "Mister Sun")

Mister moon moon, Mister big white moon
Won't you come out soon?
Mister moon moon, Mister big white moon
Shine into this room
My little baby is looking for you
She wants to point and say goodnight to you
So Mister moon moon, Mister big white Moon
won't you come out soon?

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star


Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

Rain Rain Go Away: Traditional Rhyme

Rain, rain, go away
Come again another day
Little Joey (your baby's name) wants to play
Rain, rain, go away

The Man in the Moon: Traditional Poem

This is a great rhyme to say to your baby before bed at night time. If the moon is out, show your baby as you say this poem.

The Man in the Moon looked out of the moon
Looked out of the moon and said,
"'Tis time that now I'm gettin up all babies went to bed."


Make a family rainstorm


Mommy starts and Daddy follows in a round. (Or use other family members or friends.)

  1. Mommy snaps her fingers slowly. Mommy says: "Uh-oh it's raining."
  2. Daddy snaps his fingers slowly. Mommy snaps her fingers quickly. Mommy says, "Uh-oh it's pouring."
  3. Daddy snaps his fingers quickly. Mommy rubs her palms together quickly. Mommy says, "Look at the rain now!"
  4. Daddy rubs his palms together. Mommy slaps her thighs. Mommy says, "Will this rain ever stop?"
  5. Daddy slaps his thighs quickly. Mommy claps her hands together above her head to signal the thunder.
  6. Mommy or Daddy points up and says: "Look the sun is coming out!"
Development Tip: For older babies do the actions in reverse after the thunder clap. This sounds like the storm is fading. Your baby may surprise you by doing some of the actions.


Babies love simple shapes like circles and stars. They never get tired of looking at pictures of moons, suns, and stars. Look for glow-in-the dark crayons. Paint and cut out star and moon shapes to place on the ceiling. (You can also buy glow-in-the dark shapes or stickers.) Put the glowing stars and moons in the baby's room or a playroom. If you are using more than one shape, spread them out. This will make it easier for your baby to understand which is which when you point up at the ceiling.

  1. Turn off the light
  2. Say, "Let's look at the stars."
  3. Point up at the shapes. Say, "What's that?"
  4. Tell your baby the answer.
    "The moon!"

The Mommy Tree

Pretend you are a tree. Help your baby climb to the top.

  1. Stand up straight.
  2. Hold your arms out like branches.
  3. Say, "Mommy is a tree."
  4. Say, "Do you want to climb the Mommy Tree?"
  5. Hold the baby under his arms.
  6. Stand the baby on your toes.
  7. Say: "Climb the Mommy Tree."
  8. Say: "Up, up, up to the top of the tree."
  9. Give your baby a kiss when she gets to the top of the tree.
  10. Say: "It's time to climb down the tree."
  11. Say: "Down, down, down, the tree."
  12. Clap and cheer when your baby gets to the bottom.

Play the same game with the Daddy Tree. Ask Daddy to balance or hold an apple on his head. Help your baby get on top of Daddy's shoulders to grab the apple.

pouring: raining hard
thighs: top part of legs
thunder: sound of clouds crashing together
fading: ending slowly
reverse: the opposite way; backwards
ceiling: the top surface of a room; opposite of floor
glowing: looking bright in the dark
spread out: leave space in between
branches: arms of a tree