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: Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Theme: Zoo animals
Activity: Pretend to be zoo animals!
Supplies: Laundry basket
Directions: Ask the child to “hide” underneath the laundry basket and pretend to be a zoo animal. You might ask questions like, “what sound does a lion make?” and then encourage the child to lift the laundry basket off while you say playful things like, “the lion escaped the cage!”
Snack: Banana (like the mouse carries around throughout the book).
Directions: Simply peel and provide the banana to the child in whatever form is most suitable to the child’s eating needs.