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.
Our book club took a little hiatus from our monthly meeting based on the “Virtual Book Club for Kids” selected author due to several sick kids from the group. My son and I decided to read the book and do an adapted version of the activity and snack with just the two of us at home anyway, so here’s a quick recap of what we did!
We read Lunch by Denise Fleming, this month’s selected author. The book follows a little mouse who eats food in a variety of colors (white turnip, orange carrots, green peas, etc.) and as he eats, little dots in those colors show up all over this body. As my son and I read the book, we put dot stickers in the corresponding colors all over him. This was a very simple activity, but he thought it was quite amusing and got a kick out of deciding where on his body the dot sticker should go. It was a great way to talk about a variety of body parts too!
Our snack was a bit impromptu as well. We scrounged the refrigerator for food items in all of the colors mentioned in the book. If we had, on hand, an item from the book, we specifically selected it. I was on a mission that day to get my son to eat some extra fruits and veggies so we focused on those items. We then put the food items into an ice cube tray…and that was lunch! He and I have made “ice-cube” tray lunches before based on ideas by bloggers (such as this one: http://www.ontobaby.com/2011/11/matryoshka-doll-birthday-party/), and he loves having so many colorful options to chose from.
These were easy activities to do at home, but we missed getting together with our book club buddies! Luckily, our group will pick up with our regular book club meeting in a couple of weeks and with our meeting based on the “Virtual Book Club for Kids” author next month!