We revisited Laura Numeroff this month with another book from the If You Give A… series. Typically, we try not to repeat authors or certainly not similar books in our book club, but we had planned to feature this book before Laura Numeroff was selected as the Virtual Book Club for Kids January author. We love this particular book from the series in our household and have read it several times. This book describes what will happen if you give a moose a muffin. After a series of silly incidents (all stemming from the one before), the circular tale ends where it begins: giving the moose a muffin.
We decided to try a new approach for reading the book as a group this month. As our ever-busy children have grown, they have increasingly found it difficult to sit with their own copy of the book while we read without being curious about the (same) book that the child next to them has. Therefore, we tried, what we called, “library style” this month. One of the adults sat on a chair and read the book while holding it up for the children, who were gathered around, to see (think: library story time). The children actually stayed very well engaged with this approach, so we’ll be trying it again!
In the book, the moose makes sock pockets, so this was a perfect activity for us to replicate at our meeting. Every parent brought an old sock for their child and we decorated them with a variety of materials: yarn and fabric scraps, buttons, googly-eyes, pom poms, pipe cleaners, etc.). Parents and toddlers worked together to design their socks and then the parents used hot glue guns to attached the materials to the socks. The puppets turned out really cute and the kids seemed to get a kick out of wearing them on their hands!
After the activity, we had snacks, which of course were muffins! Determined to continue providing healthy snacks at our book club meetings, we tried the Banana Oatmeal Cups recipe found at this link: http://greenlitebites.com/2009/03/07/banana-oatmeal-cups-with-chocolate-chips/. We followed this recipe very closely, except that we substituted carob chips for the chocolate chips. The kids didn’t seem to mind and the muffins got a good review from the group. Also, keeping with our mission to implement easy activities and snacks, these were very simple to make. We even made them a few days ahead and stored in the refrigerator.
Take a look at our moose muffin meeting below!