Virtual Book Club for Kids Special Series: Eric Carle

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. 

This month’s selected Virtual Book Club for Kids author is Eric Carle. Our book club has already read a couple Eric Carle books (Little Cloud and A Very Busy Spider) and have another on the list for this summer. I’m pretty sure we could plan an entire “Eric Carle Baby Toddler Book Club” if we wanted to–he has so many wonderful books that provide the basis for excellent learning opportunities and snacks. For this meeting, we chose a book that is one of my son’s favorites: Pancakes, Pancakes (books about food make selecting a snack very easy)!

Pancakes, Pancakes is the story of a boy who wants a pancake so must gather all of the ingredients to make it from scratch. He has to pick grain and mill it into flour, gather an egg, milk a cow, and so on.

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Because the boy in the book makes butter for the pancakes from scratch (using a butter churn), we decided to make butter from scratch as our activity. We didn’t have a butter churn on hand, but we did have small jars and some heavy whipping cream, which is all it takes to make butter. We poured some cream into each little jar and then gave them to the kids to shake vigorously for several minutes. When the kids got tired of shaking, the parents took over!

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After several minutes, our butter separated from the whey and we had homemade butter!

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Of course, our butter went on top of yummy homemade pancakes. The credit for this healthy pancake recipe goes to my husband who has made a bit of a tradition of making pancakes with our son on many weekend mornings.

1 ripe frozen (and thawed) banana, mashed
1 egg
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup quick oatmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Combine all ingredients in order. Stir well. Spoon ladlefuls onto a hot, greased skillet. Cook until pancakes bubble on top and then flip. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

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We topped our pancakes with strawberry jelly and fresh strawberries, which was our variation on the “strawberry jam” that the boy in the book tops his pancakes with. The pancakes and strawberries were a hit with the toddlers and the food-eating-babies alike!

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Check back soon for details regarding our upcoming meetings themed around dots and the 4th of July!



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