Chocolate Crickets, Vegetable Crickets, Celery Crickets, Oriental Fans and Cricket Cages were only some of the excitement of our Cricket in Times Square Book Club — we also had a blast trying to eat with chopsticks.
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The Cricket in Times Square Book Club
The Cricket in Times Square is a humorous story about a mouse and his best friend, a cat, who befriend a country cricket in the subway station at Times Square. The friends make their way through New York visiting Chinatown and entertaining crowds of music fans. We loved it so much that we went out and bought the sequel, Tucker’s Countryside, as soon as we finished the book.
The Cricket in Times Square Book Club Discussion
Though the book club was at my home, it was hosted by one of the other book club member’s mom. She started off book club teaching the children about the anatomy of a cricket and the difference between a cricket and a grasshopper. I’ll have to admit – I learned something about insects. For illustration purposes, she made a fantastic vegetable cricket out of an ear of corn, a red potato, some okra, and asparagus. I was quite impressed.
The Cricket in Times Square Book Club Activities
In the book, the trio of friends travels to Chinatown to learn more about crickets. Because a large portion of the book is in Chinatown, a large part of our focus was on Chinese culture.
The kids used paper plates, markers, and craft sticks to create “oriental fans” they could take home. We just folded the plates in half, drew a design and glued the craft sticks to the back as handles.
We also used red paper and the directions from our previous month’s RaddishKids box to create paper lanterns. A little math was hidden in the project, as the kids learned how to use a ruler to measure and also draw straight lines. Then we “pretended” these were cages for our crickets.
We made crickets out of celery, peanut butter, pretzels and M&M’s. Then the children learned how to properly use chopsticks and tried picking up pretzels with them. Most of the kids gave up and begged the moms to create “kid chopsticks” from the wrappers.
The Cricket in Times Square Snacks
For snacks, some of the book club members helped make fried wontons. These were fabulous. I’m pretty sure I ate the most.
For dessert, we had chocolate crickets made out of giant marshmallows, chocolate, and pretzels. And of course, we used our chopsticks for the entire meal.
We had so much fun with our book club, that we didn’t even get to the Writing Project in our Brave Writer Arrows. That’s okay. We’ll save it for later.