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Babies are sponges for learning. From birth to age 5, help your child unlock their potential for learning and reading.
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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.


Things to Do

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. 


Books to Read

Use the books mentioned here to help build your child's hand and wrist muscles. Reserve all of them.

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Bunny Cakes - Rosemary Wells
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.

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Hand Rhymes - Marc Brown
A collection of nursery rhymes with diagrams for accompanying finger plays.

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Little Hands Fingerplays and Action Songs - Emily Stetson
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.

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One Thousand One Rhymes and Fingerplays - Totline Staff
Rhymes and activities organized by subject or special occasion.

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Put It on the List - Kristen Darbyshire
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.


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