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 Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Activity: Search for “seeds” in watermelon scented rice
Supplies: Tub, previously dyed and scented rice with dried black beans, watermelon seed counter, glue dots
Directions: Provide the tub to the child and allow free play. If desired, encourage the child to search for the “seeds”. The child can stick the “seeds” to the numbers on the paper watermelon using the glue dots.
Supplies: Seedless watermelon
Supplies to provide from home: Knife and cutting board
Directions: Cut the watermelon as appropriate for your child’s eating needs and serve!