reading about & picking strawberries with toddlers

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

Our June baby book club meet-up was a really fun one. We read  The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood and Audrey Wood. I usually like all of the books that we read each month but I (and C as well!) especially loved this month’s selection. Something about the vivid illustrations, the fun and silly tone of the story, and the narrator/character interaction made this one an especially fun read. C. and I read it before bedtime nearly every night in June and by the time our group met, she knew all about delicious strawberries.

For our meeting, we went to a nearby farm that lets you pick your own strawberries. I wasn’t sure how she’d react to picking strawberries herself though and whether she would be old enough to enjoy this activity but she LOVED it. As did all of the toddlers who had a blast holding their little strawberry containers and filling them with the ripe and delicious fruit. Most of them did a lot more snacking than picking ;) but that’s alright too.

Afterwards, we sat on our blankets in a shady spot and read our book together. Most of the toddlers continued to dye their hands and faces a bright strawberry red as they snacked on their findings. We found a little playground area where the last bit of energy was spent swinging and climbing before we all said our goodbyes and went home.

I think we made it about three minutes into the car ride before I looked back and saw C. completely passed out in her car seat.

You can read more about how our book club works in this post here as well as on our book club page, where you can also see more photos from past meet-ups and learn about our “bookclub pals” donation system. The book club is something devised entirely on our own – our group of moms who all enjoy books and want to share that passion with our children. Feel free to take any of our ideas and organize something like this with your friends and children as well!

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

June's Baby Book Club Meet-Up

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11 Responses to reading about & picking strawberries with toddlers

  1. Amy says:

    Have you read Blueberries for Sal together? It’s a wonderful, classic book about berry picking.

    • simplybike says:

      No we haven’t, thanks for the tip! I will look for it!

      • Allu says:

        Thank you so much for all the helpful adcvie regarding studded tires! I’ll have to look into this and also see what my local bike shop offers. And wow, you sure have Iowa beat with those temperatures! And I thought it got cold here! Do lots of people still bike in that kind of cold during the winter or are you unique in equipping your bike for winter and braving the cold still? What’s the local bike culture like? I’d love to know!

  2. Eunice says:

    What a wonderful outing you guys had! I am impressed with how productive the toddlers seemed- my kids mostly stood around and marveled that the strawberries grew from the ground!

    • simplybike says:

      Ha! there is always a good deal of “lost staring into space” with toddlers, right? And it’s always nice to let them see where food actually comes from!

  3. katie says:

    My mom and I are big fans of The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear and it is her go-to book she buys as a little fun add-on for baby shower gifts. I still have my battered copy from when I was a baby in the early/mid 1980s! Love to see little ones still enjoying this classic! Thank you for your wonderful blog. As my husband and I start thinking more about having a baby, juggling work and home life, and continuing to bike through it all, it is wonderful to turn to your blog for inspiration! All the best!

    • simplybike says:

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Katie! You’re so right, the book would make a great baby gift, something I’ll keep in mind now too :)

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  4. Carrie says:

    Awesome! I love seeing all the kids and moms together on the blanket–how cool that someone brought a tiny infant too. My baby is only 7.5 months old but she’s already enjoying “reading” (i..e, chewing on–literally, not metaphorically) board books. Your book club posts have really caught my attention, & I’m thinking about seeing if some mom friends want to start a similar group for our littles.

    I’m a longtime lurker, but I had to de-lurk and just say I really enjoy how you highlight the joys of exposing children to one’s own passions for nature, food, music, community, etc.–so many times it’s easy for the difficulties of parenting to form the emotional focus of one’s experience, and your blog is just so joyfully opposite of this. Hurrah!

  5. Nat says:

    What a great way to introduce kids to farming and food production. The book club has been a great way to introduce the children to a variety of different topics and your adventures are just an extension to help with the comprehension. Thanks for sharing!

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