Children are sponges for learning. From birth to age 5, help your child unlock their potential for learning & reading with these books and activities.
Last Updated: Oct 7, 2013
Giving children opportunities to write, even if it is just scribbles, helps children understand that print can represent spoken words. It can also help children develop eye-hand coordination and the fine motor control they need to hold a pencil.
Give your child crayons or paints that they can use to scribble and draw.
Trace words and patterns in sand.
Play with clay or play dough.
Crinkle up newspaper into various shapes.
Use the books mentioned here to help build your child's hand and wrist muscles. Reserve all of them.
Max makes an earthworm cake for Grandma's birthday and helps Ruby with her angel surprise cake. At the store, the grocer can't read all of the shopping list, until Max solves the problem by drawing a picture.
A collection of nursery rhymes with diagrams for accompanying finger plays.
Little Hands Fingerplays and Action Songs
Children won't be able to resist jumping, clapping, and gesturing to the rhythms and rhymes of this collection. Adults will revisit favorites from childhood and learn some new material to add to their repertoire-perfect for long lines and car rides.
Put It on the List
When family members see the consequences of forgetting to write things on the grocery list, they not only do better at keeping the list up-to-date, they also help with the shopping to ensure they never again eat pickled grubs.