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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Toddlers

A Talk & Read Activity for Toddlers

Mouse's House

Talk & Read Explore lots of words with your child.


Mouse's House

Mouse's House is a fun guessing game. Draw a mouse shape on a piece of paper and cut it out. Cut rectangles of four to six different colors, just large enough to cover the mouse. Hide the mouse under one of the rectangles and ask, "Which house is the mouse in?" Let your child point to a rectangle to guess. Name the color they point to and say, "Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the ____ house?" Flip over the appropriate rectangle and keep guessing until you find the mouse. What a fun way to explore colors!


Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds, sitting on a hill, (Hold up two hands, fingers spread)
One named Jack, (Flap fingers on one hand)
One named Jill. (Flap fingers on other hand)
Fly away, Jack. (Bring one hand behind back)
Fly away, Jill. (Repeat with other hand)
Come back, Jack. (Jack flies back out)
Come back, Jill. (Jill flies out)


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

Find these books at

  • Yellow Like a Submarine, Purple Like the Rain: A Rocking Book of Colors
  • Yellow Like a Submarine, Purple Like the Rain: A Rocking Book of Colors by John Coulter
  • Los colores/Colors
  • Los colores/Colors by Sam Hutchinson
  • Book of Colors
  • Book of Colors by Oliver Jeffers


Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

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