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 (or adapt) 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: Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk? by Phillis Gershator (can be sung to the tune of “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”)
Age Range: Over age one. See snack note below.
Theme: Food sources
Activity: Peel eggs, feel wool
Supplies: Hard-boiled eggs (eggs provided are uncooked), sheep’s wool
Directions: Hard-boil eggs in advance and allow to cool. Read/sing the book and allow the children to feel the sheep’s wool when you come to that part of the book. After reading and when the eggs are cool, allow children to help you peel the eggs for fine motor practice.
Snack: Eggs, milk, & bread with honey*
Supplies: Eggs, milk, bread, honey, plates, napkins, plastic knife, cup
Directions: Give children the peeled hard-boiled egg to eat for the snack, along with a cup of milk, and some bread which has been spread with honey.
*Please note that honey (because of botulism risk) and milk are NOT for children under age one and in some cases parents choose to wait to introduce eggs and wheat since these are common allergens. Please use parental discretion/pediatrician consultation.