Our Charter Club was busy in the fall of 2010 testing the activities, games, and recipes for our brand new non-profit organization. In October 2010 we tested the Pear-fect Buddy craft recipe and activities. Of course, if you read the story you know that Buddy is Cilie's pet dog. In case you don't know, the story is: Cilie Yack is Under Attack. Who's buddy? He's a cattle dog that works on a Farm in Co. Clare Ireland. To learn more about him visit our Buddy Puzzle Page. Buddy has a nose for food and is constantly looking for a snack. Buddy doesn't care what it is. He just wants to eat it. Kids like to hear about Cilie's funny cartoon dog and his obsession with food. It is something that they understand more than regular folks realize. The club kids loved the food craft and enjoyed eating it too! We made a few adjustments to the original recipe because one of our club kids is allergic to grapes.
Did you know...You can read up more about dogs and the allergies that they might have. Some dogs have allergy symptoms that are pretty similar to people allergies. When a dog is allergic it will have a lot of skin problems, too.We organized the kids into three groups and rotated them into three stations. There was a lot of giggling and laughter as we talked about Cilie's dog Buddy and his bad eating habits. We laughed about what we all know happens when our pet dogs eat something they shouldn't. (It makes them a bit gassy, for one thing!) Then we got a bit more serious and talked about certain foods that can make a dog very ill or possibly kill it. We connected these things to our club kids own experiences with foods that make them sick.
One of our kids is allergic to many of the same things that most dogs are intolerant to. That was a really neat thing for her to realize. And the kids connected some of the very same symptoms in themselves as they have seen in their poisoned pet after he's eaten something bad.
Our group also completed some activity sheets. They are geared toward two different ability levels. Our club kids are from kindergarten to fourth grade and the varying grade level sheets worked great with the kids because the content was identical. At times the kids with the picture pages were helping the bigger kids with their "crack the code" sheets figure out some of the foods. The sheets just simply reinforced the names of dangerous foods for dogs that the kids had learned about in our discussion.
If you are visiting here for the first time and you'd like to learn more about our charter club project just look at the ABOUT US section. We will be updating interested folks with news from the club on a regular basis.
We'd like to see more Cooking Clubs for Kids starting up just like ours! So get started right now! Parents just need to download the FACILITATOR GUIDEBOOK. It's all in there. And best of all, it's FREE! We can make a world of difference for kids who suffer from food allergies and intolerances.