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

Baby Animals
(Sung to "The Mulberry Bush")
Oh, if I were a baby snake
Baby snake, baby snake
If I were a baby snake
I'd slither around the desert

Other verses:
Moose – run around the forest
Goat – climb around the mountains
Fish – swim around the ocean

Adult Animal Names
Show your child pictures of animals and their babies in a book, magazine or video.  Explain that sometimes baby animals have different names than their moms and dads.  Talk about the names of the animals such as kangaroo & joey, chicken & chick, dog & puppy, cow & calf, etc.  Let your child ask questions. Try to keep the conversation going back and forth 5 times.

Favorite Baby Animal
Ask your child to draw their favorite baby animal and then draw it using crayons, markers, fingerpaint, etc. Ask them to tell you about this baby - where it lives, what does it eat, and so on. Ask your child to write the animals name on the picture.

Baby Animal Play
Give children a large sturdy box to use as a barn. Let children pretend to be baby calves, lambs, chicks, kittens, piglets, and more!

Look for more great books on baby animals in our catalog.

Early Literacy
Child Development