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Summer Fun: Enjoy Blueberries with Sal

Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 16, 2013 @ 7:43 pm In Booking It,Family Fun,Learning,Parenting and Family,Seasonal Fun,Summer Fun,Summertime | 11 Comments

Enjoy blueberries and the classic book Blueberries with Sal [3] with your little ones this summer.

berry picking

Summer is the perfect time to go berry picking. Strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are all in season somewhere in the country. A perfect accompaniment to the berry picking is a reading of Blueberries with Sal [3] by Robert McCloskey and a few “extension” activities.

Try these recipes and activities with your children this summer:

reprinted from Fifty Books to Enjoy with Kids [4] by Veronica Getskow

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Caldecott Honor Award, 1949

Find this book at Amazon [5] or at your local library [6].

This delightful book shows two moms and their children picking blueberries on Blueberry Hill. Sally and her mom are picking berries on one side of the hill while a mother bear and her cub roam the other side, eating berries.

Activity Ideas for Blueberries for Sal

  • Locate three things in each room that are blue. Then find something that is light blue and another item, dark blue. Talk about the shades of blue.
  • Blueberries are usually in season from late May through August. If possible, go blueberry picking.
  • Eat fresh blueberries for a healthy snack. Try dropping them into a metal pail or bowl to hear the “kerplinks.”
  • Have your child help you make blueberry muffins or pancakes. Try some of the following recipes.
  • Cut 25 small blue dots out of cardboard. Hide the “berries” around the room. Give your child a tin pail to go berry picking. Count the berries as they are dropped into the pail.
  • Create a new song – Here We Go Round the Blueberry Bush – from the tune to Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.

blueberries

Got berries?

If you’ve gone berry picking or simply found a great deal on blueberries at the store, exploring the tastes and textures of the fruit is a great activity to do with your kids. We prefer the hard, crunchy crisp ones.

Blueberry Nutmeg Muffins [7]

Lemon Blueberry Scones [8]

blueberry pancakes

Multi-Grain Blueberry Pancakes [9]

RWB Scones

Red White and Blue Scones [10]

Buy the Book: Fifty Books to Enjoy with Kids

50-books-to-enjoy-with-kidsFifty Books to Enjoy with Kids [4]

A reading guide listing 50 must-reads for young children as well as accompanying extension activities, discussion topics, and other family fun to coordinate with the books.

Price: $9.00

DIY-on-a-DIME-summer-fun-125This post is part of the DIY on a Dime: Summer Fun series [11]. For more ideas on how to enjoy the summer holidays on a budget, check out the list.

I know what we’re gonna do this summer.


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[6] at your local library: http://www.worldcat.org/title/blueberries-for-sal/oclc/302732&referer=brief_results

[7] Blueberry Nutmeg Muffins: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/07/blueberry-nutmeg-muffins/

[8] Lemon Blueberry Scones: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/08/lemon-blueberry-scones/

[9] Multi-Grain Blueberry Pancakes: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/multi-grain-blueberry-pancakes/

[10] Red White and Blue Scones: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/4th-of-july-recipes-and-an-ultimate-recipe-swap.html

[11] DIY on a Dime: Summer Fun series: http://lifeasmom.com/2013/05/diy-on-a-dime-summer-fun.html

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