Each month, we donate the book that we read to a community organization that supports low-income families and children. Along with the book, we include all of the materials, ingredients, and instructions for a child (or two) to recreate the activities and snack of our book club meeting that month in their home with their parent or caregiver. The organization will choose a family each month to be our ‘book club pal” and receive our book and activities. We are very excited to be able to share the joy of parent-child reading, playing, and healthy snacking with other parents and toddlers in the area.
If you wish to recreate a similar bag for yourself or to donate, here’s what’s in the bag this month:
Book: What Makes a Rainbow? By Betty Schwartz
Activity: Rainbow Ribbon Bookmarks
Supplies: A piece of plastic canvas cut 6-squares wide, a piece of ribbon in the six different colors of the rainbow.
Directions: Lay all of the ribbons in front of you and your child. As you read the book, ask your child to find the color of the ribbon that corresponds to the color featured on that page of the book. Then tie the ribbons onto the squares on one of the short sides of the bookmark. Admire your rainbow bookmark when it is complete!
Snack: Fruit rainbow
Supplies: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple fruit and a light blue paper plate.
Directions: If needed, cut the fruit into pieces that are manageable for your child’s eating abilities. Place the fruit on the plate in arches by color to create a rainbow. Hand it over to your child to enjoy!