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

Mitten Mates
(Sung to: "If You're Happy And You Know It")
Each mitten has a mate, has a mate.
Each mitten has a mate, has a mate.
Can (child's name) find the pair?
(He/She) is looking here and there.
Can (child's name) find the mate.
Find the mate?

Mitten Friends
When friends come to visit take a look at their mittens.  Ask your child how the mitten matches their friend.  Do they have flowers on them, a superhero, or are they a bright color?  Do they match with friends who like superheroes, flowers or like to dress in bright colors?

Mitten Art
Take apart a knitted mitten.  Dip pieces of the yarn in glue and let them create mitten shapes on a piece of paper.  Once the glue dries encourage your child to draw in a pattern or letters on the mittens, then color them with markers or crayons.

Mime Time
Have your child put on their mittens and pretend to be a mime!  They cannot talk, only move around quietly.  See if they can show you, without talking, things like:  Can I have a glass of juice?  Can we play a game?

Look for more great mitten books in our catalog.

Early Literacy
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