July 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: Opposites by Sandra Boynton

Theme: Opposites

Activity: Demonstrate float and sink opposites

Supplies: Tub, items to test in water

Supplies to provide from home: Extra supplies to test in water as desired, water

Directions: Fill the tub about ¾ of the way full with water. Explain that float means the items will stay on the top of the water and sink means the items will fall to the bottom. Explain that these are opposites. Give the child the items one at a time and ask if they think the items will sink or float. Test each item and repeat. We have provided a few items to test, but add items from home as desired! (The items that we provided are small, so could be choking hazards. Be sure to watch your child very carefully and do not use the items if the child still puts things in his or her mouth.)

Snack: Food opposites

Supplies: soft (banana)/hard (pretzels); sweet (mini-marshmallows)/sour (lemon—for tasting); plate

Supplies to provide from home: Knife and cutting board

 Directions: Cut the lemon into wedges and remove any seeds. Provide the opposite pairs to the child one at a time and explain why the foods are opposites. Let them explore and enjoy. Be sure the child doesn’t eat the lemon rind. Also, you might enjoy having a camera available to capture the child’s reaction to tasting the lemon if the child hasn’t tasted one before!

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