Monday 27 July 2015

Baby Book Club

Me and Monkey love to read. And we love to spend time with our friends. So when the idea of a baby book club was mentioned at our Free From Feast we were all over it! It sounded like just our kind of thing.

I contacted a few of our friends to see if they would be interested. It sounded like they were so I started planning.

There was never any question about the first book we would read. It's my favourite - and Monkey quite likes it too!

The Gruffalo!

Everybody knows about The Gruffalo (if you don't where have you been?) so I'm not going to explain the story. I'm just going to share what we did at our very first baby book club today.

We had six babies at book club and we started by reading the story. We then had pictures of the Gruffalo to colour in before designing a scary creature of our own.

We almost had an issue with one of the activities as I'd stupidly bought play-doh without checking the packet. It has wheat in it which means it's not suitable for my little allergic Monkey. Luckily we have fab friends and one of the other mums appeared with home made edible play dough, complete with glitter and sparkle! The dough was used with play dough mats to add features to the animals from the story. That was the idea anyway - Monkey just ate it all!

The next activity was a Monkey favourite as it was all about food. Mouse talks about lots of favourite foods in the story so the babies tried some of them out. Roasted fox seemed to be the most popular!

I was quite nervous about hosting the first baby book club but it seemed to go well and I think everybody enjoyed it. I know Monkey did. We're already looking forward to the next one - We're going on a bear hunt!



  1. aaa this is such a fab idea, we did a little family book club at home but I'd love to do one with friends too, thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  2. What a fun idea - I can't wait to do this with our kids!

  3. It's so important to instill a love for books at a young age. What a fabulous idea to start a baby book club. Your activities sound like they were a lot of fun for everyone, and I like how you found a way to tie them in with the book.

  4. Aww I LOVE this idea! How fun! And the play dough mats have inspired me to go and find some to print off. I used to use them all the time as a teacher but have since forgotten about them. I hope your next baby book club goes well. My little one would love it! Amelia x