LIVERPOOL Family Day Care's Literacy and Numeracy Week playgroup went off with a bang after a special visit from Paint Liverpool ReaD mascot Gogo the Gecko last Wednesday.
The Mission Australia centre held the event to encourage parents and children to follow the weeks' theme to "Drop everything and read".
Centre manager Marlene Greenwood said there were activities parents could do with their children to encourage literacy development.
"Research consistently tells us about the benefits of reading every day to our babies and children," she said.
"They become familiar with sounds, words and language that sets them up for learning to read, as well as fostering a love of reading and learning.
"For example, follow a recipe together to make biscuits or a cake. Before you do your next grocery shop, compile a list of all the things you need with your child, then tick items off the list together."