Rhyme & Rhythm, Hot Dots and Squeaky Clean Art.

Rhyme & Rhythm

Create a love for literature early with Poetry Speaks to Children ($19.95). With classic and original poems, even the smallest child will delight in the rhythmic words and silly stories. Including a CD of works read by the authors or notable actors, this book is sure to be a treasure for parent and child.

Available at The Book Loft, 631 S. Third St., Columbus, 43206, 614-464-1774, bookloft.com

......................................... Hot Dots Power Pen

This educational toy ($11) includes a talking pen that beeps, boops and congratulates its user when a correct answer is chosen on one of the accompanying cards of age-appropriate math or verbal questions. The pen will also offer some friendly guidance if a wrong answer is selected.

Available at Lakeshore Learning Materials, 2148 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus 43240, 614-846-1710, lakeshorelearning.com

......................................... Squeaky Clean Art

Have a pint-sized Picasso? Combine that creative energy with sudsy fun and you have the makings of a masterpiece. Munchkin Bath Crayons ($3.99), available at Target, come in five washable colors to spark mini imaginations while you rinse and scrub. Finally, drawing on the (tub) walls is not only allowed, but encouraged.

Available at Target. See target.com for the nearest location.