Early Learners

Start developing essential language skills with these early literacy activities for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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    ABC Read With Me

    Parents and caregivers are a child’s most important teacher. Help your child develop essential language skills by doing these early literacy activities together every day.
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    Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

    It is never too early to introduce your child to concepts they’ll need for creative, mathematical, and scientific thinking later on. Each of our STEAM storytimes includes an activity guide so you can experience the joy of science, technology, art, and math at home!
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    Learning Through Play

    At NYPL, our early literacy team and our expert children’s librarians know firsthand how transformative play can be in a child’s life. Check out our play recipes using basic household materials to encourage hands-on learning at home!

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  • Side-by-side illustrations of four jubilant children dancing or playing instruments—on the left, the background is yellow and text reads At Home Learning Early Literacy Activities; on the right, background is blue and the text is in Spanish

    Develop Early Literacy & Numeracy Skills

    Explore colors, shapes, animals, feelings, art, transportation, family and friends, and more with this activity guide for at-home learning and play. Download the guide in English and Spanish.
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    Songs for Our Children

    Listen to an original album created by children's librarians at NYPL. Each song encourages early literacy skills that you can do with your child every day!
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    Online Discussions

    Share your experiences, hear from other caregivers, and receive tips from librarians about recommended resources.