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: Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett
Theme: Oranges, Pears, and Apples
Age Range: 1 – 2 years
Activity: Fruit Stamping with “taste-safe”* paint
Supplies: An apple, an orange, a pear, flour, food coloring, paper, plastic spoon
Supplies to Provide from Home: knife, bowl for mixing paint, water, smock or bib to protect child’s clothing
Directions: Parent, slice the fruit in half vertically and cut two notches in the top to create a “handle” (see the photo below) on the fruit stamp. Mix equal parts flour and water to create a consistency similar to thick paint. Divide into bowls for each color desired. Add a few drops of food coloring to the paint and stir. Place a spoonful of paint on the paper with a fruit “stamp” and give to the child. You might show your child how to stamp on the paper or just allow the child to explore independently.
Snack: Applesauce, home-canned pears, and oranges
Supplies: Applesauce, home-canned pears, oranges, plate, bowl, spoon
Directions: Parent, peel the oranges and slice into pieces manageable for your child’s eating level. Please do the same for the pears. Serve the fruit and sauce. Enjoy!
*While the paint is safe to taste for a child who isn’t allergic to flour and its ingredients or food coloring, we don’t recommend any child consume it as food. It won’t taste very good either!