April Book Club Pals

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: If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff

Theme(s): Sock Puppets and Muffins

 Activity: Make Sock Puppets

Supplies provided: felt fabric scraps, yarn scraps, pom poms, googly-eyes, buttons, pipe cleaners, scissors, school glue (if you have a glue gun, this might work better)

Supplies for you to provide: an old sock

Directions: Use the supplies provided to turn an old sock into a puppet just like the moose in the book. You might give it eyes, a nose, ears, whiskers, hair, a tongue—be creative!

Snack: Muffins!

Directions: Enjoy! If you would like to make these muffins yourself, the recipe is below and was adapted directly from: http://greenlitebites.com/2009/03/07/banana-oatmeal-cups-with-chocolate-chips/

  • 3 mashed bananas (the more ripe the better!)
  • 1 cup vanilla Almond milk (any milk should work)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 3 cups (240g) Old Fashion or Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp (42g) mini chocolate chips (we substituted carob chips)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Mix all ingredients except the chocolate/carob chips together, and let sit while you prepare the muffin pans.
  • Spray a muffin pan and/or liners with with non-stick spray.
  • Stir the chocolate/carob chips into the oatmeal batter.
  • Divide batter into 12-15 muffin cups. They should be just about filled.
  • Bake 20-30 minutes, you’ll see the edges just starting to brown and they will be firm to the touch.
  • The muffins may stick when hot but are removed easily when cooled for a bit.

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