Virtual Book Club for Kids Special Series: Giles Andreae

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 will be our last “Virtual Book Club for Kids” meeting of the year. Technically, the Virtual Book Club for Kids “year” goes for one more month, but we have a busy month of regular book club meetings in August, so decided this would be our last month of participation in this particular series. We LOVED reading along with the Virtual Book Club for Kids this year. Through this series we were exposed to some new authors and many new favorite books!

We traveled to the ocean with Giles Andreae for this meeting as we read Commotion in the Ocean, a brightly illustrated collection of poems about the many creatures you can find inhabiting the sea. The kids came in swimsuits and were rather excited about this book.  They all were engaged as we pretended to act like some of the creatures in the book (example: snapping our “lobster claws”).

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Since we live in the mid-west, we had to be creative about providing an ocean experience, so we made an ocean in a baby pool. We modeled our “ocean” off of this blogger’s small world: http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/06/out-of-ocean-story-and-small-world.html. We used blue bath tablets to color the water blue, added sand, sea shells, rocks, blue stones, soap to create bubbly waves, and some brightly colored sea creatures to mimic the colorful book.

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This “ocean” had lots of little pieces that would be choking hazards for kids that are still mouthing things, so we recommend adapting for younger children. We just had one who is at the “mouthing” stage at the meeting, so she had a little playtime in the water table with sea themed bath toys.

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Playing in the “ocean” makes kids hungry! Since this meeting corresponded with the birthday of one of our little members, her mommy hosted the meeting and made an extra special sweet treat in addition to our usual attempt at a healthy (-ish) snack. Our hungry beach go-ers snacked on a string cheese octopus inspired by this site: http://www.icanteachmychild.com/quick-healthy-snack-ideas-for-kids/ and a Jell-O Ocean Cup (blue Jell-O water, swedish fish, and cool whip waves) based on one of the many similar ideas on the web like this one: http://justjennrecipes.com/jello-aquariums/. Such a fun themed treat to celebrate the birthday and the book!

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We have all kinds of fun planned for our book club over the next few months, so be sure to check back soon!

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