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If you have been reading House of Burke for sometime, you know that we host a Baby Book Club at our home every month. Book club play dates are incredibly fun and beneficial for little ones. Not only are they exploring and reading new books, but by doing activities and eating snacks based on the book, they are further solidifying concepts they learned while listening to the story. Book club play dates bring stories to life! Inspired by those meetings, we have partnered up with some of our favorite bloggers to bring you Book Club Play Dates, a monthly series that will showcase snacks, crafts, and activities based on some fantastic books. Below is the list of what we will be reading for 2015. Make sure to save the image and join us!
This month, our book was LMNO Peas by Keith Baker. This adorable alphabet book showcasing an assortment of peas embarking on different careers and hobbies. The illustrations are great, and the story introduces your little one to all sorts of different paths in life while simultaneously teaching them the alphabet. Our category this month was sensory, so I put together a simple and colorful sensory bin based on the book! The best part? This bin is taste safe and baby friendly!
I used several cans of peas that were nearing there expiration date and some frozen peas that had seen better days! The difference in color between the canned peas and the frozen peas gave this bin a lot of depth. It also made me think twice about ever serving canned vegetables to my kids! I added our Imaginarium Letters, some utensils, and Kingston's adorable little friend to the mix and we were ready for our play date.
The kiddos were immediately drawn to the colorful bin. They spent time squishing and scooping the letters. Bentley was anxious to get in on the fun too!
We called out letters for each of the kids to find and scoop up. K used his masher to squish the peas, and A used her spoon to scoop them. Both kids pretended to eat the peas and also pretended to feed them to baby B (who surprisingly didn't seem interested in tasting them!).
They spent quite some time touching the peas, flinging the peas, and exploring the bin.
When the toddlers were done, baby Bentley dove right on in. Literally!
He loved feeling the cold peas beneath his chubby fingers and toes. We showed him a variety of letters. "B" was the most important one of course!
He loved it! One of the great things about book club play dates is that you can adapt the activities for everyone. Bentley enjoys reading LMNO Peas as much as K does!
Head on over to my fellow Book Club Play Date bloggers pages to check out their snacks and activities! Use all of these to create your own Book Club Play Date at home!
Snack: LMNO Peas Soup from Still Playing School
Craft: Parachuting Peas Craft from Craftulate
Game: Preschool Alphabet Game for LMNO Peas from Fun-A-Day
Busy Bag: Counting Peas Busy Bag with Free Printable from And Next Comes L
Stay tuned for next month's book club play date! We will be reading I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont. It is such a fun and colorful book!