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

Three Small Kittens
(Sung to: “Three Blind Mice”)
Three small kittens, Three small kittens.
Lost their mittens, Lost their mittens.
They all ran around with their tails in the air.
Looking for their mittens everywhere.
They found them hiding under the chair.
Those three small kittens, Those three small kittens.

Mitten Talk
Talk with your child about how mittens are made.  Are they sewn?  What fabric do they use?  Are they knitted?  How is it done?  Try to keep the conversation going back and forth at least five times.

Mitten Writing
Put mittens on your child's hands and then ask him to try writing and/or drawing a picture.  Ask him why this may seem difficult.  Then have him take off the mittens and draw/write the same things he wrote with the mittens on.  Have him talk about the differences.

Mystery Snowman
Have your child put on their mittens and pretend to be a snowman.  Tell them they can only move when you are not looking (like all good snowmen).  See if they can make it out of the room or "Sneak" a treat from the table without you seeing them move.

Look for more great mitten books in our catalog.

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