March 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: The Secret Birthday Message, by Eric Carle

Theme: Shapes

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!


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