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

Out on the Pond
(Sung to: "The Wheels on the Bus")
The fish in the pond go swish swish swish, swish swish swish, swish swish swish
The fish in the pond go swish swish swish, All day long

Other verses: Frogs go croak, Turtles go snap, Beavers go munch

Sink or Float?
Gather some natural objects (leaf, pine cone, flower, seed, rock, etc.) that you might find near a pond. Fill a container with water. Ask your child to sort into two groups - the ones he thinks will float and the ones he thinks will sink. Then try one object at a time. Ask, "Why do some items sink? Why do some items float? What sinks in the pond? Why?"

Pond Walk
Take a walk by a pond or river and collect things along the way (grass, stones, leaves, etc.). When you get home ask your child to draw a picture of a pond and add the objects they collected to the picture. Help them write their name on the picture.

Hatch Hatch Little Egg
Several pond animals come from eggs. In this movement game, have your child curl up into a ball and pretend to be an egg. When he is tapped on the shoulder, he pretends to hatch and act like any pond animal he chooses. He will delight in jumping, swimming, flying, hopping, and crawling and you guessing which animal, of course!

Look for more great pond books in our catalog.

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