We have our Mishlach Manot lists finished both those to be hand delivered and those to mail. The hand-delivered ones will contain hamantashen, truffles (store-bought), chocolate-dipped dried apricots, and spiced nuts. Froggy is working on decorating the coffee cans we are recycling into our containers.
And of course while we complete all these preparations, we are reading all our favorite Purim stories. We added a couple of new ones this year.Cakes and Miracles after Froggy's Hebrew school teacher read it to the class. Many received it from PJ Library but we got a different book. It is a great story about surpassing challenges, being different and how everyone can find their own special way to glorify Hashem.
Two old favorites are also in heavy rotation. The Whole Megillah is too old and involved for Froggy to read by herself in its entirety but we read it together and she reads parts of it. I like it because it is the only Purim book we have that actually presents the proper Purim story. Froggy still loves her very first Purim book, It's Purim Time, probably because it is about Kindergarteners like her.