Empty food containers and wooden spoons can be used as drumsticks to explore rhythms and sounds. Turn on music and drum with the beat.


Follow the art leader! Watch your preschooler draw. Draw the same thing. Compare drawings. Notice differences & similarities. Switch roles & repeat.


Toddlers love finger puppets. Make some by cutting the tips off the fingers of old gloves. Draw faces with markers, put them on, & act out a story!


Look at family photos with your toddler. Talk about what is happening in each picture, name the family members in them and describe them.

TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten sends fun activities parents can do with their babies and preschoolers to make any time learning time. Developed by librarians and based on the Every Child Ready to Read program that encourages parents to read, write, sing, talk, and play with their little ones everyday, TALK activities are designed to get kids ready for school success. You’ll get updates for local library storytimes and other free, educational children’s events; and you’ll even get a few tips just for you, because when parents are strong and healthy, it’s easier to give your kids what they need to grow.

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Research shows that when parents and caregivers talk and listen to young children, kids develop the cognitive and language skills they need to do well in school and beyond. TALK activities increase back-and-forth parent/child conversations and provide activities for little ones to learn through exploration and discovery to help you make sure your child gets a head start on the road to success.