First 5 Friday - Do you have a favorite summer meal?

Happy First 5 Friday! Here is a great way to start off your weekend as you READ, TALK and PLAY with your little ones!


READ: Start off your weekend as you read “Summer Supper” by Rubin Pfeffer with your little ones! Have you ever wanted to start a garden and eat the yummy fruits and vegetables you grow? See how in this week's book!

TALK: Take this time to talk to your little ones about delicious summer foods and what they think about “Summer Supper” by Rubin Pfeffer.


Suggested questions to get the conversation started for all ages:

  • What’s your favorite food?

  • Would you like growing a garden? Why or why not?

Suggested conversation questions about “Summer Supper” by Rubin Pfeffer for children ages 0-3:

  • Where have you seen a garden outside?

  • What colors did you see in “Summer Supper” by Rubin Pfeffer?

  • What food would you like to try from the book?

Suggested conversation questions about “Summer Supper” by Rubin Pfeffer for children ages 4-5:

  • What would you want to grow in a garden?

  • How would you cook a meal from a garden?

  • What skills did you learn from “Summer Supper” by Rubin Pfeffer?

PLAY: It might be too late in the summer to start growing a garden, but it isn’t too late for your little one to enjoy this fun gardening craft! Start off your weekend by painting your own carrots!


Paint Your Own Carrots:


Materials Needed:

  • White paper

  • A brown marker, colored pencil or crayon

  • Scissors

  • Green yarn

  • Orange paint (washable)

  • Glue

  • Your fingers!

How to Paint Your Own Carrots:

  1. Draw a brown squiggly line on your white piece of paper to represent the dirt in a garden.

  2. Dip your thumb into the orange paint and place it along the brown squiggly line.

  3. Dip your pointer finger into the orange paint and place it right beneath the paint spot from your thumb.

  4. Dip your pinky finger into the orange paint and place it right beneath the paint spot from your pointer finger.

  5. Repeat steps 2-4 along the brown squiggly line as many times as you would like.

  6. Cut the green yarn into small pieces.

  7. Glue the cut green yarn to the brown line above each of the thumb prints to represent the carrot stems.

  8. Enjoy your carrot painting!

Please share pictures of the special memories you make with your little one on Facebook and Instagram at @First5Lex!

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