Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of February is The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts.Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, and will hopefully be a fun and interactive activity for the whole family. Scroll all the way to the bottom for some easy crafts, as well. Head over to Growing Book by Book for some talking points to get the conversation started and an idea for a family service project. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade is a great book to read with young children. It features a small girl who usually goes unnoticed, but in the end she makes a big difference in the lives of her schoolmates. I love the message this book sends that even the smallest child in school (or at home) can have a impact on their world. The menu below consists of all foods that are small and easy to hold in little hands. After I read this book to Abby and Katie, we made our binoculars and notebooks and went on a walk all around our neighborhood to see what we could observe. Katie talked all about how the smallest girl noticed things and how she could notice things, too, with her binoculars. We had so much fun and stopped every few minutes to write notes in our handmade notebooks. I hope you and your family have as much fun with this book as we did!
Kids in the Kitchen!
Kids can add all the ingredients for the hummus into the food processor and press the “go” button.
Taste the hummus with the kids and talk about what flavors you like or what flavors you want to try adding more of to the mixture. If it tastes bland, add more salt. If it is too thick, add more olive oil. If the hummus doesn’t have enough zip and zing, add more garlic.
Kids can use their hands to mix the chicken ingredients and shape them into nuggets. Make sure to wash hands well after handling raw chicken!
Who says you can’t have fun at the dinner table, too? Use your observational skills to find the smallest grape, or the the longest carrot stick. Line them up in a row from smallest to largest.
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade
Family Dinner Book Club
Bell Pepper Sticks
Green Bean Prosciutto Bundles
Pay Super Extra Special Attention with your own personal homemade notebook and binoculars.
5-10 pages 8.5×11 plain paper
2 pages 8.5×11 colored or plain paper
staples or hole punch
ribbon or yarn
2 empty toilet paper rolls
To make the notebooks:
Stack 5-10 sheets of plain paper along with 1 page of colored paper.
Fold the pages in half making sure that the colored paper is on the outside.
Use a stapler to secure the pages together, or use a hole punch to punch 2 holes along the fold of the paper.
Thread ribbon through the holes and tie into knots to secure the paper.
Tie a long piece of ribbon or yarn around the top of a pencil, and tie the other end through one of the punched holes in the notebook.
To make the binoculars:
Place 2 empty toilet paper rolls side by side. Either staple or glue them together.
Wrap the rolls in ribbon or decorative paper. Use staples or glue to secure.
Punch two holes in the same end of each roll and thread a long piece of ribbon or yarn through the holes to make a strap.
Use your notebook and binoculars to pay super extra special attention to what happens in and around your home. Go on a walk and take notes about all the things you observe and find interesting. Remember to write notes about the things you might like to change or improve and discuss those with your family.