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: And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Activity: “Hatch” a toy penguin that has been frozen in an ice cube using a pipette
Supplies: Ice cube tray, toy penguin, pipette, water, plate, bowl
Directions: Place penguin in the tray, cover with water, and freeze. Remove the ice cube when frozen and place on a tray or plate for the child. Give the child a separate bowl of warm water and the pipette. Show the child how to squeeze the water on the ice cube to melt it and “hatch” the penguin. Please be sure to note that the small penguin is a chocking hazard so discretion and supervision are advised.
Snack: Olive, cream cheese, and carrot penguins
Supplies: Carrots, black olives, cream cheese, tooth picks (you’ll also need a can opener to open the olives and a knife for the adult to cut the carrot)