We took the kids blueberry/blackberry/peach picking last week. It's an activity we all enjoy a lot. It gives the kids a chance to stuff themselves with as many blueberries as they can eat while we attempt to fill a bucket or two. (Reminded me of the mother bear in Blueberries For Sal saying, "eat all you can" and Sal's mother saying she is trying to gather hers to take home for canning, not for eating at that moment.) We like that the kid experience that our food requires work and comes from a farm. It makes the food taste all the better.
|5lbs of peaches, 3lbs of blueberries and 2lbs of blackberries. not a bad haul for an hour.|
To go hand-in-hand with the picking, Rebecca read Blueberries for Sal to the boys as part of the Before Five In A Row curriculum. They loved the book and begged for it at every meal.
|They loved putting the berries in the bucket to hear them go "Kerplink, Kerplank, Kerplunk!"|
|We use the books to talk about many different subjects, counting, trees, animal classification, working in the kitchen, seasons, colors.|