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How to Plan and Host a Book Club Play Date for Kids

The best start to education you can give to your kids is to read to them every day! One way to encourage a love for reading is to plan a play date around book themed activities! Invite over a few friends, read a favorite story, and have a snack, game, craft, and activity to go along with the book.

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What is a Book Club Play Date? 

What: Choose a book that your child loves! Invite over a few friends, read the story, and enjoy themed activities that go with the book!

Who: Invite a few children that are around the same age as your child and their parents or caregivers if you'd like extra adult hands to help!

When: Plan a one time event, a book themed birthday party, or a regular play date

Where: Your house, the park, or another neutral location.

Why: To foster a love of reading with literacy themed activities!

Tips for Book Club Play Dates:

Tips from House of Burke who hosts regular Baby Book Clubs:

- Be selective with your group! There is fine line between fun and chaotic!

- Make sure that nobody in your group is allergic to any of your materials. 

- Announce the book and any materials you would like guests to contribute beforehand so they have plenty of time to get everything together. 

- Don't be afraid to get messy as a group. 

- Reading your book at the beginning of the meeting and at the end helps to keep little ones focused on the concept throughout the play date!

If choosing books and planning the activities isn't your passion, we've done the work for you! Our Book Club Play Dates Series presents a favorite children's book each month complete with a themed snack, game, craft, sensory activity, and a busy bag!

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Check out all of our LMNO Peas themed crafts & activities for kids!

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Find all of our Make Way for Ducklings themed crafts & activities for kids!

April - Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton 

May - Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood

June - Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson

July - The Deep Blue Sea by Audrey Wood

August - Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

September - Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

October - Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

November - Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

December - Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherry Dusky Rinker

Our Book Club Play Dates Team:

Georgina blogs at Craftulate, which features art, craft and activities for young children. She enjoys working her son's interests into their activities, and that includes his favorite books! She is the author of Art, Craft and Cooking with Toddlers.

Blayne Burke is the owner and blogger of House of Burke. She is a work at home mama to Kingston, a 2 year old, red-headed spitfire, and Bentley, the sweetest and most smiley infant ever. In her spare time, she enjoys hosting a monthly Baby/Toddler book club, doing crafts and activities with her little ones, and spending quality time with her munchkins.

Devany LeDrew is a former kindergarten teacher turned write-at-home-mom. She is homeschooling her five year old E and her two year old D by creating play based learning activities. You can follow Still Playing School on FacebookPinterestTwitter, and Instagram

Colleen is the creator and head author of Sugar Aunts, a blog by three sisters who share creative kids activities and crafts. The Aunts love to encourage creative learning and development in everyday fun. Colleen is a mom to four and an aunt to 11. She's been an occupational therapist since 2000 and also authors Mommy Needs a Coffee Break. You can follow Sugar Aunts on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.

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