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Play is Learning.

And Early Literacy is fun!

Browse all the early literacy activities below, or use the menu above to narrow things down by category.

Let’s Play:  Sensory Trays!
Let’s Play: Sensory Trays!

Have you heard of a sensory tray?  You've most likely seen or at least heard about sensory tables for hours of play and learning in a preschool classroom. They're also amazing for kids to play with at home.  I love a good sensory table, but the "I love all things...

Counting With Preschool Kids
Counting With Preschool Kids

Count with Kids! Counting and other early learning math skills need to be fun and playful for kids to benefit from them.  No quizzing, no stress.  As I always say, just let them play!  So let's look at two simple ways you can play with your kids and encourage their...

Let’s Play: Ducks!
Let’s Play: Ducks!

Preschoolers Like Ducks In my experience, preschool kids dig ducks.  And anytime a preschooler likes something, they're bound to learn a lot as they play with that thing.  So let's give them lots of duck stuff to do!  Preschool duck activities galore, right here for...

Let’s Read: Preschool Number Recognition Activities
Let’s Read: Preschool Number Recognition Activities

Number Recognition Preschool number recognition is more of an early reading skill (symbols have meaning, and this symbol is a 5, and this one is an A... ) than a true math skill.  It's when kids get the idea that a specific number symbol refers to a specific quantity...

Let’s Play: Preschool Train Activities
Let’s Play: Preschool Train Activities

Preschool Train Activities for All! I have a feeling you might have a train-loving kid or two on your hands...  If you do--or even if you don't--the collection of preschool train activities, train books and train toys below is sure to have some winners that will get...

Let’s Sing: Portable Songs and Games
Let’s Sing: Portable Songs and Games

Drawing a Blank As a preschool teacher and nanny, you need to know a lot of preschool and toddler songs.  There were probably 5,798 times that I needed to sing a quick song or play a quick game to keep 'my' kids entertained.  And 10,874 more times I couldn't for the...

Parking Spaces!
Parking Spaces!

Simple Preschool Math Activities I've written before about how easy it is to build early preschool math skills as you play with the kids.  And here's another fun and playful way to incorporate math into your little ones' lives.  (This is probably an activity best...

Homemade Books!
Homemade Books!

Ahhhh...Books! As is probably evident from my last blog post featuring JBrary, not to mention the way I go on and on about early literacy, I love a good book! And so do most kids I know... Kids also love to create things and feel important. Mix all of that up and...

Librarian Love
Librarian Love

About 2 years ago, I was in a little bit of a Circle Time funk.  If I had to sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider one more time, or twinkle my little stars for the trillionth time…I mean, I actually love both of those songs—but come on.  I needed to freshen things up.  As a...