Parent Tip:

    A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

    For children ages 3 to 6



    Books that have no words, just beautiful pictures, invite you and your child to use your imaginations to make up your own stories to go with the pictures.


    What You Need

    Wordless picture books

    Old magazines

    Safety scissors

    Construction paper


    What to Do

    The first activities in the list below work well with younger children. As your child grows older, the later activities let him do more. But keep doing the first ones as long as he enjoys them.

    · Look through the whole picture book with your child. Ask him what he thinks the story is about. Tell the story together by talking about each page as each of you sees it.

    · Ask your child to identify objects, animals, or people on each page. Talk with him about the pictures, and ask him if he thinks that they are like real life.

    · Have your child tell another child or family member a story using a wordless picture book. Doing this will make him feel like a “reader” and will encourage him to continue learning to read.

    · Have your child create his own picture book with his drawings or pictures that you help him cut from magazines.




    From: Helping Your Child Become a Reader, U.S. Department of Education, 2005.