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: Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by Daniel Kirk
Activity: Play with blocks
Directions: Use the blocks provided to build towers, pyramids and even little enclosures for toy animals that you may have from home. Discuss the letters on the blocks and try to make words or recite some of the ABC song. Feel free to combine with any other blocks that you may have available. Empty tissue boxes make great big “blocks” too!
Snack: Cheese cube “blocks”
Directions: Serve on a plate. Encourage the child to play, stack, and build with the “blocks.” Enjoy!