October Book Club Pals

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: Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino

Theme: Pumpkins/Jack-o-lanterns

Age Range: 1 – 2 years

Activity: Pumpkin bowling

Supplies: Small pumpkin, 6 toilet paper rolls

Directions: Stack the paper towel rolls into a pyramid of “ghosts”. Help the toddler roll the pumpkin into the stack of toilet paper to knock it down. Repeat as desired!

Snack: Sweet potato jack-o-lanterns

Supplies: Sweet potato, coconut oil, cinnamon

Supplies to provide from home: Potato peeler, large knife, small knife, baking sheet, oven

Directions: Adult, peel the sweet potatoes and use a large knife to slice it into several round circles. With a very small sharp knife, cut out two triangular eyes and a smile to create the look of a jack-o-lantern. Brush/spread the coconut oil (melt just slightly in microwave if needed) over both sides of the sweet potato jack-o-lanterns and sprinkle with a small amount of cinnamon. Bake at 375 degrees on a baking sheet for about 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft and easy for your toddler to eat. Cooking time will vary substantially based on how thick each piece is cut and the individual oven—watch carefully! Let cool before serving.


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