Let your child try acting! Help your child understand and talk about books.

For this Activity you will need:

  • Tortillas and Lullabies by Lynn Reiser


  1. Begin reading the book to your child. During the story, talk with your child about the pictures in the book. Point to different things on each page, talking about the colors, shapes, and textures.
  2. Ask: “What is the grandmother doing? What do you like to do with your family? Did you like the story? What was your favorite part?”
  3. Ask your child to retell (act out) the story. If your child has trouble, open the book and use it as your guide to act-out the story.

Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Read stories with your child and then act out the stories.
  • Let your child play with puppets, dolls or stuffed animals. Together, use the puppets to act out something that happened during the day or a favorite time you spent together.


Background Information:

Support your child’s school readiness in the area of the arts!

The arts involve:

  • Trying different art activities, such as dancing, singing, acting, painting and drawing.
  • Asking questions about and looking for new ways to dance, make music, act or create art.
  • Using different art materials, such as puppets, costumes, instruments, paint, glue, scissors and crayons.
  • Showing an interest in other children’s art activities.


When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.


You can help your child develop these skills, as well as his language and literacy skills, by doing these activities.

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