The Captain’s Corner – Italy & Food

1 January, 2023

Bonjourno! It’s Mike from StoryCaptain here with your monthly recap.

This month our WobbleCaptains and CuriousCaptains went on different, age-appropriate but equally delicious adventures. Our older readers jetted over to Italy with books that will have you craving not only gelato, but also to be immersed in the history and culture of this beautiful country. And our younger ones explored all things food.

Together we went to the grocery store, ate several meals, and even baked some cupcakes. Getting your littles involved in the kitchen can both be a lot of fun and, to be honest, is sometimes critical for getting food on the table. These books will have your family cooking up a storm together in no time.

To really bring these books to life, check out these crafting activities below!


Boost Their Creativity  


Bring this month’s activity guide to life with these craft activities for the WobbleCaptain and CuriousCaptain clubs.


Counting Foods (WobbleCaptain)

Supplies: Food from the pantry/refrigerator, optional-number cards



  1. Look through your pantry and refrigerator. Gather items of varying amounts.
  2. Lay the foods out and count them together.
  3. Optional – add number cards to show the amount of each food item.

Tips for engagement: Look at recipes when baking together in the kitchen note different amounts (i.e 1 onion, 3 garlic cloves, etc.)



Lots Of Gelato (CuriousCaptain)


Supplies: Toilet paper roll, tape, playdough (or tissue paper)



  1. Cut and shape toilet paper roll like a cone. Tape it together.
  2. Roll playdough into a ball (or crumble tissue paper). Place it into the cone.

Tips for engagement: Pretend you are Oliva traveling through Venice as you get your different gelatos.

Pizza Craft (CuriousCaptain)

Supplies: Paper plate, red paint, glue, white yarn, construction paper cut outs of pizza toppings



  1. Add sauce by painting the plate red.
  2. Place glue on top of the paint.
  3. Add white yarn for the cheese covering the entire pizza.
  4. Glue any extra toppings on top.

Tips for engagement: You can use your pizza for pretend play! Pretend you are at a restaurant serving pizza.


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