It is a berry special time of the year! We are talking strawberries, mulberries, blackberries, and blueberries! Yum! Ever since my girls were little, this time of the year has been dedicated to the berry.The first berries ready to harvest in our neck of the woods are Strawberries! Best picked early in the morning when the fruit is still cool, these little blessings from God are packed with vitamin C. After picking quart after quart of strawberries, and making oodles of recipes using our bounty, we would Share our favorite strawberry themed books, draw some pictures, and do a printout or two.
Cook-a-Doodle-Doo by Janet Stevens is about a rooster who, with the help of his farm friends, makes a delicious Strawberry Shortcake from the recipe of his famous great-grandmother, the Little Red Hen. Be sure to make the Strawberry Shortcake with recipe provided.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, And the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood, the story of a little mouse who is tricked out of his strawberry. My children always had fun with this one!
If you are looking for a fun tale about how the people of Itching Down combat an invasion of wasps by trapping them in a large strawberry-jam sandwich, then The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord might be for you! Here is a peek at the lapbook your children can make!
Next to harvest would be the Mulberries and Blackberries! With a shake of the tree, nice, ripe, plump mulberries fall onto our tarp. Blackberries are a little more painful to harvest, but worth every scratch! You can always tell it’s berry season by our purple-stained hands and jars lining the counter with fresh juice and jams.
We have enjoyed Jamberry by Bruce Degen, about a boy and a rhyme-spouting bear romping through a berry world, looking for berries as they go. Mulberries and/or blackberries can replace any berries in your favorite recipes.
We know it is a sad end to berry season when the last of the sweet Blueberries are harvested. And not a year has gone by that we haven’t read Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, with little Sal graciously sharing her fresh picked blueberries with a curious bear. And like Sal, we would make blueberry jam and other blueberry goodies.
Our berry picking traditions and the enjoyable books we shared along with them have created some sweet memories for me and my girls. If berries are part of your family’s springtime traditions, what books and activities have your children enjoyed?