At our most Nim’s Island book club, the kids imagined what life would be like on their own secret island. Then they designed it and built it out of salt dough.
All while eating crab legs and mangos.
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Nim’s Island Book Club Discussion
Our most recent book club was over the middle school adventure, Nim’s Island. Nim is a young girl who lives with her father on a secret island. She is left alone while her father leaves on a trip and then eventually gets stuck at sea. The book is the first of the Nim books and was produced as a major motion picture.
The idea of living on a secret island was fascinating to the book club. We talked about what our “dream island” would be like. Then the girls took “pencil in hand” and sketched out all the details.
Nim’s Island Book Club Activity
Inspired by the Brave Writer Arrows, I started out the activity by having the girls sketch out their secret island. They each had their own ideas of what they would need on their islands, but they all agreed that a volcano was a must.
Once the designs were finished, we began the messy (but fun) process of making salt dough. Salt dough is pretty easy. You can follow this simple recipe.
The kids painted their islands and decorated them with rocks and moss. Here are the results of the girls’ secret island designs.
Nim’s Island Book Club Snacks
No book club is complete without snacks. They are a crucial part of the “fun aspect” of book clubs. Snacks always make literature discussion better.
I started by decorating our school room table with a tropical tablecloth, luau masks, and tropical flowers. We snacked on grapes, strawberries, kiwi, mangoes, pineapple, raspberries, cantaloupe, crab legs, and sushi. The crab legs were a HUGE hit, as was the sushi.
We enjoyed this book about a homeschooler who was an adventurer. And, since we read it, we get to watch it (Mom’s crazy rules!) I’m off to rent Nim’s Island.