February 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: Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Theme: Paint and color mixing

Activity: Bag painting

Supplies: Primary colors of paint; gallon zip lock bag with a piece of white cardstock, trimmed to fit; Q-tips

Directions: Keeping the paper in the bag, pour the three colors of paint on the paper in three different spots. Close the bag securely. Give the bag to the child and show them how to squish and manipulate the paint with your hands. Use the Q-tips as little “mouse feet” to move the paint around and make patterns. Talk about the new colors that form when the paint is mixed. You can remove the paper and let the paint dry if you would like to display the artwork.

Snack: Edible yogurt “paint” & pretzel “brushes”

Supplies: Vanilla yogurt, food coloring, pretzel sticks, bowls, plates, spoon

Directions: Spoon some yogurt into three different bowls. Drip a few drops of red food coloring into one bowl, yellow food coloring into a second bowl, and blue food coloring into a third bowl. Mix the yogurt and food coloring to make three colors of yogurt “paint.” Place some of each color on your child’s plate and give them a pretzel “brush” to use to mix the colors and to scoop up the yogurt to eat. Enjoy!

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