A tortoise demonstrates why slow and steady wins the race, while helping to increase your child's early literacy skills.
This is a fun story for 3- to 6-year-olds. During the story, children can move in place slowly like the tortoise and quickly when the hare is featured. Explain that a tortoise is like a turtle and a hare is similar to a rabbit. This will enlarge your child's vocabulary, which in turn will help with word recognition once s/he starts reading.
Other things you can do to help build vocabulary are: