Blueberries for Sal is one of our favorite books. We originally heard about it when we did Before Five in a Row a couple of years ago and it’s one we pull out to read yearly before picking blueberries.
This year, it sounded like a great way to follow our plan of easing into homeschooling so we brought our bucket over to Grandma and Papa’s and picked some blueberries and a few blackberries.
Just like with little Sal, more berries were eaten than picked, but they had a fun time being out among the berry bushes. It was also the first rainy day we had in quite a while which felt great!
The remaining berries were eaten on the way home!
Luckily we had some blueberries in the freezer so we used those to make some jelly following this recipe for small batch blueberry jam. We added a little bit more cinnamon, and only 1/3 of a cup of sugar and it turned out great.
Before adding the sugar in, I put about an ounce of cooked down blueberries into jars for the girls and let them finger paint with it. They weren’t sure what to think of it at first and were definitely more interested in waiting for the finished product to eat it.
Pancakes are pretty much one of the best vessels for jam so we whipped up some 5 Minute Vegan Pancakes, using einkorn flour, avocado oil, and almond milk, and omitting the sugar. They were delicious and are going onto our list of breakfast ideas!
To finish up our Blueberries for Sal study, we read the book again a few more times and acted out the Kaplink, Kaplank, and Kaplunk sounds. We also talked about how important it is to be aware of our surroundings so we don’t end up following a bear on accident. It wasn’t just Sal and Little Bear that needed to be more aware, their mothers did also. We also had a great discussion on why the bears were eating the berries as they went along, but Sal’s mother was collecting them to store them for the winter.
There are several sites with Blueberries for Sal printables that are really fun and educational. I opted to not doing any this time around since we were doing these activities before fully starting up our homeschool routine.
Here’s a roundup of some Blueberries for Sal activities:
- Scholastic Lesson Plan
- School Time Snippets
- My Joy Filled Life
- Teaching with Children’s Books
- Homeschool Creations