As many of you know, we have been reading Charlotte’s Web this month for Family Dinner Book Club. Each month we pick a book to read together as a family. We make table decoration crafts, prepare the menu and enjoy great conversation about the book. And, we share it all with our readers!
Well, The Family Dinner Project and Cheerios contacted me to see if I wanted to participate in their Family Breakfast Project. The challenge is to eat breakfast together as a family for seven days. The project provides three easy ideas, tips and printables for each day to help make the breakfast and the rest of the day successful.
To be honest, I don’t normally sit at the table when my boys are eating breakfast. I usually use those few moments to squeeze in some blogging work. My husband is only home for breakfast on the weekends. So, I was excited to accept this challenge and enjoy eating and talking with my boys at breakfast.
Since we are reading Charlotte’s Web this month, I thought we would blend the ideas shared with The Family Breakfast Project with the story! Here is what we did.
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Charlotte’s Web Breakfast Project
For each day of the challenge, we chose to include something about farm life to compliment the chapter book, Charlotte’s Web. This was a great modification for my youngest son (2 years-old) to feel included with Family Dinner Book Club.
We took the suggestion of making a musical play list for breakfast and sang versions of the, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. We like to change our voices and do a round of “The Teeny-Weeny Spider” in a very small squeaky voice and then “The Great Big Giant Spider” in a great big voice. This was our little song tribute to Charlotte in the book.
The focus for this day is connecting. I shared with the boys that I read Charlotte’s Web when I was little and how much I loved it. We also watched a short video trailer of the original movie on Youtube.
The theme for day 3 is laughter. My 3 year-old has become quite the joke teller recently. So, we told some jokes related to farm animals. Here are few to get you started.
Why did the pig take a bath? (The farmer said, “Hogwash”!)
What is a cow’s favorite day? (Moo-years Day!)
Day 4 of the challenge encourages us to learn. We took the suggestion of trying a new fruit and enjoyed a new flavor (pineapple and mango) of yogurt. We also read the non-fiction book, My First Farm: Let’s Get Moving.
My boys really enjoyed being read to at the table during breakfast. It’s something that we have continued after the challenge.
The focus of this day is on creating. We talked about what animal we would like to be on a farm. My 2 year-old picked a pig (He’s a bit obsessed with pigs lately.) and my 3 year-old picked a duck. Then, we created a centerpiece for the table. We used their farm animal toys and one of our farm placemats. They loved creating the small world centerpiece. It was also a great way to develop oral language and build vocabulary.
The theme for this day is love. Mommy loves when Daddy makes breakfast! He made Wilbur pancakes for us. This is our special Saturday tradition.
The last day of the challenge is about sharing. Daddy was home again and he read our last chapter of Charlotte’s Web to us.
A big thanks to Cheerios and The Family Dinner Project for creating such a wonderful challenge. I really enjoyed starting the day with my boys at breakfast. I hope that you’ll consider taking The Family Breakfast Project challenge.
Now that we have finished Charlotte’s Web we are ready to try out the yummy fair inspired menu that Sarah created from Daisy at Home and make our table decorations that Jill suggested at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom for this month’s Family Dinner Book Club!
Tomorrow (April 1st), we will be announcing April’s Family Dinner Book Club selection. It will be a picture book. Then, check back on April 15th for the menu, table decoration crafts and conversation starters for your dinner club! You can also follow along at our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.