There are so many ways to integrate fun, easy, and quick educational activities into your little one’s day—especially in the summertime. Take advantage of these last sun-filled days with trips to the park and picnics with friends. How are these outings educational for your little one, you ask?

Everyday tasks present endless opportunities for learning. Every time you read a book, sort the laundry, find your little one’s favorite show on Netflix, make dinner, tell a joke, or talk about your day, there’s an opportunity to build the skills your little one needs to be ready to learn to read. These everyday activities help your little one learn new words, listen for letter sounds, and become curious about the world. All it takes is a little creativity, and a LOT of interaction!

For example, ask simple questions and explain your actions while you run errands, go to the park, or do things around the house. You can ask, “What color is this pepper?” when you’re at the grocery store. Or when you’re making dinner, talk about the ingredients and name them together. Describe the piles of laundry while you’re sorting. “This is the white clothes pile. This is the dark clothes pile. Which one is bigger?”

Taking short trips to new places is a fun way to create these daily learning opportunities. A trip to the fire station not only opens your child’s eyes to the workplace of a community helper but also provides plenty of opportunities to enrich vocabulary and comprehension. For inspiration, check out this firefighting vocabulary word list from Enchanted Learning.

In an effort to help you on this early literacy journey with your little one, we provide a monthly calendar of daily activities. You’ll find book suggestions, rhyming games, riddles, and much more. We’d love to hear your ideas! What do you do to get your little one ready to read?

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