Language Works

Neighborhood Picture Book

Ideal for Infant, Toddler, Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

Teacher with red shirt on holding a picture book and reading to a young excited girl.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to listen to, understand, and respond to communication from others.

Materials Needed:

  • Pictures from neighborhood (house, family member’s house, school, park, church, firehouse, school, toy store, farm, etc.)
  • Sheet protectors or clear contact paper
  • Masking tape
  • Hole punch
  • String

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction


  1. Take or find pictures of buildings or places your child might be familiar with. If you can’t get out to take pictures, try the city website.
  2. Print out 4” x 6” pictures and cover each with contact paper or place them in a sheet protector and cut to the size of the picture. If you use a sheet protector, you will need to use masking tape to tape the sides that are open.
  3. Punch a hole through the pictures on the left side and tie them together with the string.
  4. Read the book with your child.

See PDF for photo examples.

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