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Early literacy begins with you. Help your child get ready to read with simple activities you can do any time!

Pet Chores
(Sung to: “Here we go round the Mulberry Bush”
This is the way we pet our cat, Pet our cat, pet our cat,
This is the way we pet our cat, So early in the morning.

Other verses:  wash our cat, brush our cat, play with our cat

Pet Shop
Take a trip to the local pet store.   What pets there would be slippery or soft?  What pets could fit in your child's shoe?  What pets would eat seeds?  What pets would like a bone?  Tey to keep the conversation going back and forth five times.

Shape Pets
Cut shapes (circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, etc.) from colored paper.  Ask your child to make a pet out of the shapes and glue it onto a piece of plain paper.  They can then add a face, house, and background with crayons or markers.  Help them write the name of their pet on the paper.

Pet Parade
Have a "Pet Parade" with your child's stuffed animals.  Encourage her to arrange them in a line as though they are marching in a parade.  She can lead the parade holding a favorite stuffed animal and marching through the house.  Play along by following the parade or taking pictures.

Look for more great pet books in our catalog.

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