Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers - Early Literacy

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Books and Reading

 

Reading is Fundamental: Stories, nursery rhymes, games, lullabies and finger plays.  Divided into nice sections for  Babies & Toddlers, Preschoolers (interactive games for them to play), and Parents  (information about authors, Books, and activities, including music and coloring sheets)
http://www.rif.org/kids/leadingtoreading/en/leadingtoreading.htm

 

Starfall: Great resource for kids to use themselves! Whether they are just learning to read, or   already reading…it is best for ages Pre-K to Grade 2.
http://www.starfall.com/

 

Get Ready to Read: This is a great parent resource that has games for kids to play.  It is not a standalone site for kids to use by themselves, however.
http://www.getreadytoread.org/

 

We Give Books: This site has books to read online.  They are not animated and read aloud to a listener, however; someone must read them to a child, unless the child can read on their own.
http://www.wegivebooks.org/

 

Lil’ Fingers: Lil' Fingers is a storybook site for toddlers with educational games, storybooks that are read aloud, and printable coloring pages. Toddler stories, activities & holiday sections are designed with bright colors & big buttons for little fingers.
http://lil-fingers.com/storybooks/index.php

 

Between the Lions: Features animated stories, games and Video Clips focusing on early literacy.
http://pbskids.org/lions/index.html

 

Songs & fingerplays

 

KIdiddles: Listen to kid’s songs and get free song lyrics.
http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/busy.html

 

King County Library System-Rhymes and Songs: Videos of songs, rhymes, and finger plays. 
http://wiki.kcls.org/tellmeastory/index.php/Category:Rhymes_&_Songs

 

The Blog Network: This is a great index for baby and toddler rhymes, organized by category and searchable.
http://fingerplays-b3ok.blogspot.com/

 

Songs for Teaching: Good resource for fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes with instructions on how to  do them. 
http://www.songsforteaching.com/fingerplays/index.htm

 

Games & Activities

 

Disney Jr:
http://disneyjunior.com/

 

Print Activites: Print various activity sheets such as Alphabet tracing, mazes, dot-to-dot, coloring sheets  and more!
http://www.printactivities.com/index.html

 

Gamequarium: Portal to online games, books and more for preschoolers and up.
http://www.gamequarium.com/junior.html

 

Boowa and Kwala: Links to many many games for kids, toddlers to age ten.
http://boowakwala.uptoten.com/kids/boowakwala-games.html

 

Ziggity Zoom: Lists games appropriate for younger children.
http://www.ziggityzoom.com/

 

Lego:  This site has lego games and printables geared for preschoolers.
http://www.lego.com/en-us/games

 

The following websites are based on Book and Television Characters

 

Nick Junior
http://www.nickjr.com/games/index.jhtml

 

Sesame Street
http://www.sesamestreet.org/

 

Disney Junior
http://disney.go.com/disneyjunior

 

PBS Kids
http://pbskids.org/

 

Crafts

 

Dltk Kids: Great website for crafts.
http://dltk-kids.com/

           

First School Preschool Activities and Crafts: Crafts, activities and lessons for kids ages 2-6.
http://www.first-school.ws/theme/crafts.htm

           

Disney Family Fun Crafts:  Search for crafts by age, type, or materials used.  Also has other useful links for  playtime, recipes, and parties. 
http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-age/preschool-crafts/preschool-crafts-867856/

 

The Best Kids Booksite: The site not only has a lot of craft ideas, but booklists for many, many topics, as well as   many other useful links for holidays, ABCs, and Story Times, to name a few.
http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/kids-crafts-aloha.cfm

           

Busy Bee Crafts: All crafts on this site! Great index to craft ideas for toddlers and up.
http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/

 

Websites for kids and their parents

 

ALA list of great websites for kids: Great reference resources for kids; includes math, social sciences, animals, arts, history,  and languages, to name a few.  These are links with snapshots of the websites for kids to  use for either research or just for fun. 
http://gws.ala.org/

             

Internet Public Library: This link takes you directly to reading resources that include various author pages, animated and full text stories, Bilingual sites, book lists, poetry, folktales, and, nursery  rhymes.
http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=12&cid=3&tid=4248&parent=0