Do your kids go crazy for crocodiles and alligators? Check out:
Crocodaddy by Kim Norman, or
An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni.
Then, sit on the floor with your child between your outstretched legs and act out this fun version of Row, Row, Row Your Boat.Row, row, row your boat (rock forward and backward) Gently down the stream Merrily, merrily, merrily merrily Life is but a dream Rock, rock, rock the boat (sway side to side) Over rapids we go Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily Hope we don’t need a tow. Row, row, row, your boat (rock forward and backward) Underneath the stream Ha-ha fooled you! You’re a submarine! (lean child backward and bring up again) Row, Row, Row your boat (rock forward and backward) Gently down the stream If you see an alligator Don’t forget to scream! Aaaaagh! (Make a “mouth” from thumb and fingers and nibble on tummies or fingertips.)
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Added bonus: Singing songs and reading books with rhyme, such as Crocodaddy, enhances your child’s phonological awareness. For more information about the six early literacy skills that can help your child get ready to read, check out our Born to Read page!