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: In the Snow by Keith Baker
Theme: Seed for winter birds
Activity: Make bird feeders
Supplies: Bread, peanut butter, birdseed, string, plate, kid-safe butter knife
Directions: Toast a piece of bread. When the toast cools, help the child spread on some peanut butter. Place some birdseed on a plate and encourage the child to sprinkle the bird seed on the bread, covering as much as possible. Poke a hole in the bread somewhere near the top and tie a string to the bread with one end. Tie the other end to a tree branch or similar space.
Snack: Toddler “seed”
Supplies: Vanilla yogurt, sesame seeds, flax seeds, raisins, shredded coconut*, bowl, spoon
Directions: Place a scoopful of yogurt into the bowl and top with the shredded coconut to represent “snow”. Add additional toppinds as desired to create the “seed” mixture. Hand your child a spoon and enjoy. *Individual eating level of each child should be considered when presenting this snack. A child should only be given this snack if they are able to appropriately chew seeds, raisins, and shredded coconut. Dairy or non-dairy yogurt could be used based on the restrictions and preferences of the child/family.