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: Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
Activity: Make a tin foil river and float “pool noodle” boats down it.
Supplies: Boats (a ring cut from a pool noodle, a toothpick mast, and a foam triangle sail), a roll of heavy duty tin foil
Supplies to provide from home: A hose with water
Directions: Roll out the tin foil (ideally down a hill). Roll up the sides to create an edge. Use rocks to prevent the foil from flying away. Turn the hose on to a trickle and let the water flow down the “river.” Float the boats down the river.
Snack: Hard-boiled egg boats
Supplies: Egg, cheese, pretzels
Supplies to provide from home: Pot, knife, cutting board
Directions: Place eggs in a small pot of water. Bring the water to a boil. Set the timer for 10 minutes and start it when the water starts boiling. After ten minutes, turn off the heat and let the water cool slightly. Drain the eggs and rinse with cold water if still very warm. Peel the eggs. Slice lengthwise. Cut the cheese into triangles. Press a pretzel and a cheese triangle gently onto the egg half to create the “mast” and the “sail” of the “boat.” Enjoy!