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: Potato Joe by Keith Baker
Age Range: 1 – 2 years
Activity: Potato mashing
Supplies: Baked potato, potato masher
Supplies to provide from home: a tub or tray
Directions: Bake a potato until very soft. Let the potato cool. Place the potato in a tub or on a tray and encourage the child to smash and mash the potato. If needed, slit the peel of the potato to help the potato smash easier, help the child to start the smashing, or add a little water to the potatoes as they mash for a different texture.
Snack: Roasted Potatoes
Supplies: Potato, oil, Italian seasoning, garlic salt
Supplies to provide from home: Potato peeler, knife, baking tray, optional foil for easier clean up
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Adult, peel the potato and chop into small cubes that are manageable for your child. Coat the cubes with oil and add Italian seasoning and garlic salt to taste (err on the side of less garlic salt to minimize salt intake for little ones). Roast the potato cubes on a baking sheet for about 20-30 minutes or until soft and golden brown. Check often and toss part way through cooking—cooking time will vary with the oven and based on the amount of potato cubes being cooked.