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: The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
Theme: Diversity (spices, snack toppings derived from food references in book)
Activity: Spice painting
Supplies: Paper, crayon, school glue, paint brush, spices in a few colors/aromas
Directions: Trace child’s hand or have them trace their own. Squeeze on a little glue to the traced hand, spread with paintbrush, sprinkle on spices.
Snack: “Hand Sandwiches”
Supplies: Three types of bread (potato, wheat, pumpernickel rye) cut in the shape of hands, peanut butter, chocolate spread, honey, butterscotch chips, plastic knife.
Directions: Spread bread with toppings (derived from the book). Enjoy.