Enjoy Blueberries with Sal

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Enjoy blueberries and the classic book Blueberries with Sal 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 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 by Veronica Getskow

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Caldecott Honor Award, 1949

Find this book at Amazon or at your local library.

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.


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

Lemon Blueberry Scones

blueberry pancakes

Multi-Grain Blueberry Pancakes

RWB Scones

Red White and Blue Scones

Buy the Book: Fifty Books to Enjoy with Kids

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. 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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  1. I love the book Blueberries with Sal. My mother read it to me and now I’m reading it to my two boys. Can’t wait to go berry picking with them. And your recipes to go with blueberry picking all sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That was one of the classic children’s books I kept on our book shelf even though my children now range from 10 to 17. Love it! It has been a long time since I have gone berry picking and I don’t think my children ever have. I think the closest berry fields are over an hour away from us but I am going to make a note to add berry picking our summer “to do” list for next year as berry season is over where we are.

  3. Robert McCloskey is one of my all-time favourite authors/artists (along with A.A. Milne & Beatrix Potter) particularly One Morning in Maine for one of the most wonderful stages in parenting for me…..when the children lose their teeth and have such a precious way of talking/lisping. Love McCloskey!!

  4. Oh the wonderful memories of when my girls were little ones! When I checked out Blueberries for Sal from our local library, the girls knew it was berry picking time. They would pretend to be Sal for hours. Simple imagination. Thanks for the memories Jessica!

    1. By the way,

      yesterday I sifted through all my recipie clippings to see if they passed the ‘Good Cheap Eats’ test. My recycle pile dominated. Love your food ideas!

        1. criteria? i’m just an older mom/wife here who lives in the midwest tundra. i bought your not-your-mamma’s book this past spring. that and your blog have given me the inspiration to cook delicious food with budget mined ingredients that are in my cupboard already. and i don’t need a whole afternoon to make dinner like during my bon appetite days. thanks!

          1. Fun! I was just curious how you viewed “the GCE test”. I’m so glad to hear that the kitchen is fun and yummy for you. I used to slave over Bon Appetit recipes, too. 🙂