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: Tails by Matthew Van Fleet
Age Range: 1 year to 1.5 years
Activity: Tails Sensory Boxes
Supplies: Small boxes, feathers, soft fleece strips, and pom poms
Directions: Give the child the three different textured items to explore. Encourage them to place the items in and out of the boxes. Use the boxes for discovery and play. Talk about the different textured items. Give the boxes to the child loosely-closed with the items inside and allow them to entertain themselves discovering the items (they usually don’t need much direction)! Activity extension: give the toddler instructions to follow (ex: “find the feathery tail”) etc.
Snack: Carrot and olive “tiger tails” and banana “bunny tails”
Supplies: Carrot coins; black olives, halved length-wise; uncooked spaghetti; bananas; coconut.
Directions: Cook the carrots until soft enough for your own child’s eating/chewing needs. String a carrot coin on the un-cooked spaghetti, followed by an olive half and repeat 3 times. End with a carrot coin. The spaghetti is being used as a safer-“skewer” option, so is not intended for consumption. You may need to remove the carrots and olives from the spaghetti before giving it to your child. Separately, pour the coconut onto a plate. Slice the banana into coins (or a shape and size that is manageable for your child) and coat each coin with coconut. Serve to your child. Enjoy!