One of the most powerful ways to develop your child's literacy skills is also the simplest: talk with your kids! Regular, meaningful conversations help kids learn new words and understand how to listen, and provide opportunities to share their own stories and ideas. When caring adults talk to kids about the world — explaining how a recipe works or the rules of baseball — they are planting seeds of knowledge that will grow as kids become independent thinkers, readers and writers.
How to Raise a Reader at Age Two
Sunflower Biscuit Bones
In this interactive book, your child can learn how to follow a recipe and use measurement skills to bake bone shaped dog treats.
Uppercase-Lowercase Matching Game
Your child can learn about uppercase and lowercase letters with this matching game.
Alphabet Corn Maze
This corn maze of letters will help your child practice the alphabet. Take it a step further and create a maze with other words to help your child develop spelling and writing skills.
Taking a trip to the grocery store can provide many opportunities for your child to practice math, literacy, and science skills. In this activity, your child can help pick out vegetables at the store and then sprout some vegetables at home.
Finger Puppet Show
Get creative! Work with your child to make fun finger puppets and then write and act out a play with them.
The Cook-off Part 2: How to Un-toast Toast
Can Ruff figure out how to un-toast toast, or is he out of luck?
Act Out the Life Cycle of a Butterfly
A trip to your local library can be lots of fun! Help your child find a book on butterflies and metamorphosis and then act out how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.
Operation Ice Cream
With new forms of technology and old-fashioned innovations, there are a number of ways to invite friends over for an ice-cream party! Your child will learn words such as communicate and connect. Take it a step further by helping your child make his or her own invitation!
I Spy the Butcher
WordGirl teaches the Butcher about the word "magnificent" while he shows her his new art collection.
Raise a Reader with Sesame Street
On this very special street, children learn early language and literacy skills such as letter knowledge, vocabulary, and reading and writing fundamentals.Find Activities