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

Our Picnic
(sung to:  Mary Had a Little Lamb)
We will eat our sandwiches, sandwiches, sandwiches;
We will eat our sandwiches, At our picnic.

Other verses:
carrot sticks, strawberries, watermelon

Grocery Store Explore
The next time you go to the grocery store talk with your child about the various colors, sizes and kinds of foods there.  Ask them what they think things they haven't tried might taste like or come from.

Finger Tracing
Put salt, cornmeal or flour in a shallow cake pan.  Let your child use their fingers to trace and draw in the pan.  Encourage them to draw pictures, shapes and letters.

Homemade Play Dough
Ingredients:  1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 cup water
Directions:  Combine dry ingredients in a saucepan, then add wet ingredients and combine.  Cook over medium heat (while continuing to stir) until a uniform ball forms.  Remove from heat, knead, and add food coloring if you like.   Have your child use the play dough to make pretend pieces of food - peas, carrots and berries are easy ones to start with.

Look for more great food books in our catalog.

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