Today we finished our study of the letter “B” by talking about bears and blueberries. We read the book Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. Actually, I just flipped the pages because we listened to the sound recording. We also later listened to all of the songs that were on the sound recording. There were lots of counting rhymes/songs included.
After the story we painted with blueberry paint. The children had a lot of fun painting and were amazed that it started out purple but dried blue. I found this idea at Silly Eagle Books but made some modifications.
First, I put 1 cup of frozen blueberries and 1/2 cup of hot water into my blender. If you don’t have a lot of kids painting then I would suggest only using 1/2 cup of berries and 1/4 cup of water.
I blended the berries on high speed until they were liquefied.
Here is what it will look like when you are finished. I just put a small amount into a little bathroom cup for each child and let them paint with it.
If you have a baby or toddler who is prone to putting things into their mouth but you want to let them paint then this would be a great “paint” to use. I will have to think about what other fruits and veggies could be used for other colors. Anyone ever tried this with other produce?
For our snack time, I gave each child some teddy bear cookies and some frozen blueberries. I asked them to count how many of each I had given them. Then I had them match a blueberry to each set of bears. Who says you can’t play with your food? 🙂
I pulled out this mama and baby bear matching activity I made last year because it went so well with our story.
Finally, I helped the children complete a letter “B” tracing page I created. We also practiced writing their names on the back. You can download and print one by clicking the link below.
We had a great morning. The children will be back Monday to learn about the letter “C”. Have a great weekend.