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Early Literacy for Families

Prepare your child for success in reading, school and life with these resources from San Antonio Public Library's early literacy program.

Blogs with ideas for play

Are you looking for more ideas for play? These blogs and websites have plenty of interesting ideas.Disclaimer: Please use your best judgment when evaluating these ideas for use with the children in your care.

Why playing?

Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories as they enjoy them with others and once they begin to read.

Play is a way children can learn all six pre-reading skills.

Books about Play

Favorite Recipes









What is one of the most versatile toys you can provide your child? Play dough! In addition to the store-bought varieties of play dough, there are multitudes of recipes for dough that you can make with your child. Some favorites are no-cook varieties.

Sweet Play Dough

3 cups flour

1 1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup salt

1packet fruit-flavored drink mix


Stinky Play Dough

3 cups flour

1 cup vinegar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Food color


Sand Dough

4 cups clean sand

3 cups flour

¼ cup oil

1 cup water


 For more dough and clay-making ideas, check out MaryAnn F. Kohl's book, Mudworks (link to the downloadable e-book, or the paperback).