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: All of Me! A Book of Thanks by Molly Bang
Theme: Thankful for myself!
Activity: Trace child’s body on a brown paper bag
Supplies: Brown paper bag, crayon
Supplies to provide from home: Scissors, masking tape (optional)
Directions: Open a brown paper bag. Cut along one edge and cut off the bottom so that you have one long piece of brown paper. Lay your child on the brown paper and trace around their body loosely. Allow the child to see their body outline when they get up and add details like eyes, nose, mouth, etc. together. If the child does not want to lie on the floor, tape the bag against a wall and trace while they are standing up.
Snack: Vegetable Person
Supplies: Paper plate, small plastic cup, baby or petite carrots, grape tomatoes, mini-cucumbers, yellow peppers, broccoli pieces, ranch dressing.
Supplies to provide from home: Knife and cutting board; vegetable peeler
Directions: Peel and slice the cucumber in half lengthwise and then slice vertically into bite-sized pieces, cut pieces of pepper to look like eyes and a mouth (little squares and a rectangle). If needed for your child’s eating needs/safety, slice the carrots and tomatoes into manageable pieces. On the plate arrange the vegetables into a stick person. The cucumber becomes the body, the carrots become the arms and legs, the tomatoes become the hands and feet, and the ranch filled cup becomes the head. Place the pepper pieces on top of the ranch as the eyes and mouth and the broccoli above the “eyes” as hair. Serve!