February 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: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins

Theme: Drums

Activity: Make and play a drum

Supplies: Two paper plates

Supplies to provide from home: Stapler

Directions: Staple the two plates together so that the tops of the plates face each other. Give the “drum” to the child to play while you read. *You can also use oatmeal containers, pots, strainers, boxes, and other items around the house as drums. Kids can usually make plenty of noise with lots of different “drum-like” items!*

Snack: Plums (prunes) and apples (just like in the book, “Hand picks an apple. Hand picks a plum.”)

Supplies: Prunes and apple, plate

Supplies to provide from home: Cutting board and knife for grown-up use

Directions: Cut the prunes and apples into pieces that are manageable and safe for your child’s eating level. Serve.

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