- Read nursery rhymes to your kids. The simple language is full of appealing rhythm and rhyme.
- Sing songs like Raffi’s "Willoughy Wallaby Woo" or "The Name Game." Kids will get some great practice with a skill called phoneme manipulation; that is, they’ll practice substituting sounds in words to make new words, which is important for developing reading skills later. They’ll get a good giggle out of using their names and names of their friends and family in the songs, too.
- Tongue twisters aren’t exactly poetry, but they help hone kids’ attention to language sounds. Try "Peter Piper" or the classic woodchuck twister, or challenge your kids to say, “She sells seashells by the seashore.”
- Read a rhyming book to your children. Some of our favorites are Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino, Pirates of the Sea! by Brandon Dorman, Hide and Sheep by Andrea Beaty, The Napping House by Audrey Wood, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate, Moose on the Loose by Kathy-Jo Wargin, and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. Try pausing right before a rhyming word and challenging your kids to guess what word completes the rhyme.