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

Big Bugs, Small Bugs (Sung to: Frere Jacques)
Big bugs, small bugs, Big bugs, small bugs,
See them crawl, on the wall?
Creepy, creepy, crawling, never, never falling.
Bugs, bugs, bugs. Bugs, bugs, bugs.

Bug Hunt
Take a walk outside to look at bugs. If it's winter enjoy a bug video from the library. Encourage your child to tell you what he likes and dislikes about the bugs he sees, what kind of bug he would like to see and ask questions about bugs. Try to keep the conversation going back and forth five times.

Design A Bug
Go online or check out books and videos with pictures of different kinds of bugs. After looking through them encourage your child to draw his own bug from his imagination. How many legs would it have? Would it have wings? What color would it be?

PlayDoh Bugs
Go on a walk and collect twigs, pebbles, acorns and weeds in a plastic bags. Back home pour onto a cookie sheet. Encourage children to sort their findings. Give each child a hunk of playdoh or play and have the children make bugs! Pebbles make nice eyes, reeds/weeds make nice antennae and stingers, sticks are good for legs. Set on paper plate and leave to dry. When done have them fly/crawl the bug off on adventures.

Look for more great bug books in our catalog.

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