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Two little feet

Two little feet is a poem that turns daily routines to opportunities for caregivers to talk with their children.

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Two little feet

You have two lovely feet,

five little toes here,

and five little toes here,

It's time to change your diapers,

and wear some clean pants,

so that we can go and shop.


You have two lovely hands,

fivelittle fingers here,

and five little fingers here,

it's time to stretch your little hands,

and wear your shirt,

so that we can go and shop.

wear going to buy some snacks.


We are now on the street,

it is time to let the two little feet.

walk down the street,

look the car has little feet too!


You have one little mouth,

a few little teeth here

and one little tongue here,

it's time to eat something sweet,

and sip something sweet.

look the cat has a tongue too!


Did you know animals have little feet and hands too,

One day we will visit the zoo,

and you will see the kangaroo,

it has two little feet and two little hands,

just like you.


You have one little head

and two little eyes,

now its time to close your eyes,

and go to sleep.

look the sun has gone to sleep too,

goodnight sun, good day moon.




Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

The story aims to turn daily routines like changing diapers to opportunities caregivers could use to develop the child's language. The ultimate aim is to have the caregivers share the words of the book in their daily routine without having the book. The book could be easily adapted by the caregiver, the caregiver could add a few more lines and used it other routines. The picture book could be fairly simple with a few flaps and different sensory surfaces to make it interactive for the little one.

Share your suggested book title

Two little feet

PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).

Two little feet You have two lovely feet, five little toes here, and five little toes here, It's time to change your diapers, and wear some clean pants, so that we can go and shop. You have two lovely hands, fivelittle fingers here, and five little fingers here, it's time to stretch your little hands, and wear your shirt, so that we can go and shop. wear going to buy some snacks. We are now on the street, it is time to let the two little feet. walk down the street, look the car has little feet too! You have one little mouth, a few little teeth here and one little tongue here, it's time to eat something sweet, and sip something sweet. look the cat has a tongue too! Did you know animals have little feet and hands too, One day we will visit the zoo, and you will see the kangaroo, it has two little feet and two little hands, just like you. You have one little head and two little eyes, now its time to close your eyes, and go to sleep. look the sun has gone to sleep too, goodnight sun, good day moon.

How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)

The story aims to turn daily routines like changing diapers to opportunities caregivers could use to develop the child's language. The poem also cuts across different developmental domains in early childhood like cognitive, physical, socio-emotional and provides an interesting approach to learning for toddlers. The poem provides more opportunities for the caregiver to stimulate the child by talking, playing and singing to the child more often. Stimulation is key to the development of a child's brain, especially in the first thousand years.

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

The manuscript mentions a few routines that almost every resident living in an urban context can resonate with. The aim of being basic and using common everyday happenings is that it will be more inclusive and be relevant to a wider audience and leave more space for imagination. The manuscript also has a small twist that promises the little one a trip to the zoo. It is a clever way to let caregivers know that going outdoors with their children is not only a chance to explore the world but also opportunities to advance the child's language.

Location: Country

Kenya

Location: State or Department

Nairobi

Location: City

Nairobi

Tell us more about you / your team

I am an illustrator who has a passion for illustrating children and caregiver's content at Kidogo. I value simplicity and sincerity in children's work. I always strive to seek creative ways of making a child-centered and interactive book that increases the interaction between children and their caregivers. As an illustrator, I communicate fluently using shapes and colours. As an upcoming author, I would love to tell timeless and imparting stories from my heart.

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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The story also slips in numbers and encouragement to go to sleep.
Cute story.

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Thank you!

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