Baby Toddler Book Club has decided to post a special series on our blog as we participate in the Virtual Book Club for Kids throughout the year! Essentially, Virtual Book Club for Kids (hosted by Toddler Approved, Educator’s Spin on It, and Rainy Day Mum) selects an author each month. Kid bloggers from around the blogging world then link up activities related to books by the featured author. This concept was so perfectly aligned with what we do already, we couldn’t pass up the chance to share what we have already done or, in some cases, try something new with our book club! Our participation in Virtual Book Club for Kids will NOT replace our regularly planned book club meetings (you can see what we’re planning on our Book Lists page), but will simply be in addition.
Fall is upon us and so are the sniffles and sneezes. Appropriately, the November Virtual Book Club author, Karma Wilson, has a book about just that topic. Those of us who were healthy, gathered together to read Bear Feels Sick, which is one of the many Bear series books by Wilson. This is the tale of bear who is cared for by his forest friends when he is ill and then cares for his friends in return when they catch his cold!
You may notice that several of the kids are hugging stuffed animals while we read this book. Each child brought a favorite cuddly friend (and a play doctor’s kit if they had one) to our meeting which they used for our “teddy bear clinic”. After we finished reading, the toddlers got to work caring for their “sick” friends. They checked their hearts…
…they gave them tea (as the animal friends in the book do) with the little play tea cups we had standing by, they administered “medicine” (rolled up and cut paper), and they even administered bandages (not really necessary for a cold, but still cute). You may notice a few wrapped their stuffed friends in blankets that we had ready for use–like in the book. There were also plenty of kisses and hugs for their furry friends to go around. Watching the kids blossom into such caring pretend play roles is very rewarding. Toward the end of the activity, my son brought his stuffed animal to me with a big grin on his face and said, “Racoon feels all better now! I made him feel better!” That melts a mama’s heart!
Even our littlest book club members were able to get in on the fun!
After play time, our toddler caregivers were hungry. We always try to base our snacks on the book in some way, but the only “food” mentioned in Bear Feels Sick is tea and a little broth, which isn’t exactly a filling enough snack for healthy busy toddlers. Instead, we opted to make something that we would give our little ones to help fight off a cold: a Vitamin C packed smoothie! Ours includes orange juice, kiwis, strawberries, and a little banana (to bulk it up). We didn’t add any extra sweeteners or seasoning but the toddlers sucked up this sweet treat in no time. Several asked for seconds and even thirds.
We enjoyed becoming acquainted with a new (to us) author and book! Join us later this month for our regularly scheduled meeting–we’ll be making Stone Soup!