Sing

Make music with things you have in your house. Tap a pot or box with a spoon. Sing a song as you make music with your toddler.

Write

Write letters on paper and have your toddler paint over them with a Q-tip. They will strengthen the small muscles in their hand needed for writing.

Play

Sort toys by color while you play to help baby learn organization, an early math skill. Say “I put the red ball with the red block.”

Read

Listen to stories and books on CD. Your preschooler will learn to form pictures to go with the stories & develop an imagination, important reading skills.

TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten sends fun activities busy parents can do with their babies and preschoolers any time, any place. Developed by Librarians and based on the research-based Every Child Ready to Read program, these easy activities are designed to get kids ready for school and life success. You’ll also get updates for local library storytimes and free, educational children’s events!

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Research shows the more words children hear before kindergarten, the more likely they are to succeed. Parents and caregivers can sing, talk, play with babies and young children to help them build those important school skills.

This project is funded (in part) with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library of Michigan.