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: The Secret Birthday Message, by Eric Carle
Activity: Paint a secret message
Supplies: Paper, white crayon, watercolors
Supplies to provide from home: a small cup of water to use with the watercolors
Directions: Parent, draw some shapes on the paper with white crayon. Ask the child to paint the paper with watercolors to reveal the “secret message.”
Snack: Rectangle graham crackers, square cheese cubes, circle blueberries, plate.
Supplies: crackers, cheese, and fruit
Directions: Wash the berries. Serve the snack to the child and discuss the shapes!