Preschool Adventure Box: BFIAR Blueberries for Sal

Theme: Blueberries

Jamberry  Max and Ruby: Berry Bunny Adventures  Blueberries for the Queen

 

For more book themed ideas see:

jdaniel4smom

Trays:

Blueberry tennis with paper plate rackets and blue balloon blueberries, sorting blueberries from leaves (green and blue water beads), smashing blueberries for syrup making and jam making
Blueberry tennis with paper plate rackets and blue balloon blueberries, sorting blueberries from leaves (green and blue water beads), smashing blueberries for syrup making and jam making

These tray activities were a huge hit!  The tennis in particular:

They played tennis
They played tennis
Had blueberry and spoon races
Had blueberry and spoon races
and contests to see how long they could keep a balloon on their racket
and contests to see how long they could keep a balloon on their racket

The smashing of the blueberries was ,well, a smashing success (sorry, couldn’t help myself!).  I had attached a silicone cupcake holder to a wooden building block to give the little girls a small enough tool for smashing, and smash they did:

squashing their blueberries
squashing their blueberries

We then added sugar to the juice and sugar and pectin to the fruit, boiled both up and made some blueberry syrup and jam:

Not huge amounts but enough for a muffin tin for all five children
Not huge amounts but enough for a muffin tin for all five children (jam on the left, syrup on the right)

The last tray was a sorting exercise and even B2 did it fairly well.  They needed to separate the blueberries (blue water beads) from their leaves (green water beads):

B2 sorting
B2 sorting
Tiny pails and glass beads for a blueberry hunt; colouring in sheets of pictures from the book; blueberry tiddlywinks
Tiny pails and glass beads for a blueberry hunt; colouring in sheets of pictures from the book; blueberry tiddlywinks

I covered some tiny pots in foil and added gaffa tape silver handles to make some pails, whilst T11 went and hid all the glass beads in our front garden.  The girls then went blueberry picking with their pails:

T11 had hid them in perfect places, and he enjoyed giving them clues as to where to find them
T11 had hidden them in perfect places, and he enjoyed giving them clues as to where to find them
They really enjoyed this!
They really enjoyed this!

They did a bit of colouring in, from photocopies of pictures in the book:

B2 colouring
B2 colouring

And finally the tiddly winks, which A4 requested to play during her quiet time.  She loved them!

I had covered a pail in foil and given them blue, purple and green tiddlywinks.  They needed to use the green ones to flip the blueberry ones into their pail.
I had covered a pail in foil and given them blue, purple and green tiddlywinks. They needed to use the green ones to flip the blueberry ones into their pail.

Muffin Tin meal

We used the syrup we made to make a drink; blueberry pancakes held together with a tooth pick and 3 blueberries; homemade blueberry jam; natural yogurt mixed with the jam; and plain blueberries:

Our blueberry themed MTM
Our blueberry themed MTM

For more MTM ideas see:

AnotherLunch

Snacks

  • Blueberry fruit salad and natural yogurt
Melon, blueberries and yogurt
Melon, blueberries and yogurt
  • Blueberry muffins
Blueberry muffins
Blueberry muffins
  • Homemade blueberry ice cream: simply frozen blueberries whizzed up with yogurt.
Blueberry icecream
Blueberry ice cream
  • Bread roll, brie and some delicious blueberry relish:
Homemade blueberry relish on the side
Homemade blueberry relish on the side
  • We made up some lemonade with some stray lemons and then smashed some blueberries, drained the juice off and boiled it up with some sugar to make a syrup:

    Homemade blue berry syrup diluted with homemade lemonade
    Homemade blue berry syrup diluted with homemade lemonade

Printables

http://homeschoolcreations.com/BlueberriesforSalPrintables.html

http://school.familyeducation.com/reading-instruction/resource/30300.html

http://pinterest.com/sandyfsw/blueberries-for-sal/

http://delightfullearning.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/blueberries-for-sal.html

This was one of our more simple rows, yet it was such a quaint book that we all really enjoyed ourselves!

For more wonderful preschool ideas see:

  Tot School  Highhill Homeschool

For more BFIAR ideas visit:

Delightful Learning

27 comments

  1. I am including you in a must follow homeschool blogs post and was hoping you had a button I could use next to the info about your blog. If you do, could you just email it to me 123homeschool4me(at)gmail.com.

    Thanks!
    Beth =)

  2. I love this story, and all those yummy treats you’ve made! Blueberry muffins and ice cream remain our favourite for the longest time. I also like how you’ve transformed the traditional egg-and-spoon race. Very creative indeed! When we did it, we went blackberry picking instead since there are no wild blueberries where we are.

  3. Wow you found a lot of berry books. Blueberries are one of the main crops in Western Michigan where I grew up. July and August are great months for fresh blueberries.

  4. Wow, what an awesome week! I love all the creative activities. I’ve been looking into doing BFIAR with my oldest and will definitely be pinning this post to my Blueberries For Sal board for future reference.

  5. Just saw your comment over at Mamabelly’s – I can’t find bento equipment where I live, either (Western Australia). But I have found it’s worth getting online and buying something from Japan, Hong Kong or Vietnam. Their shipping charges are often reasonable, and many of the items are very reasonably priced as well. eBay is your friend here! :o)

  6. I’ve really missed the Muffin Tin Monday theme — so I’m trying to visit others and see if we can bring some Muffin Tin Moments and gather together and share ideas. I have a link-up and button on my blog and hope that you will join us! Love the FIAR tie-in with this muffin tin 🙂

    Happy Homeschooling!
    ~addelah
    WhisperedAbundance.com

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