Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Blueberries for Finn

After seeing my friend, Mary, do this project with her little boy, I decided that we needed an in-house blueberry picking day as well. I began the morning by bringing the tin pail out and asking Finn what the pail reminded him of. Although we've only read Blueberries for Sal a few times this season, he immediately recognized the pail as Sal's. I asked Finn if he'd like to make some blueberries for the pail, to which he looked at me confused and said, "can't we just go to the farmer's market?" That's my boy!

But he indulged my idea, and we rolled pea-sized amounts of sculpey into little blueberry balls, then placed them in a pan for baking.

Once they were hardened and sufficiently cooled, we painted them with a dark blue acrylic.

Although Mary's presentation on the green felt bushes was nicer, Finn preferred to roll them all over the kitchen floor so he'd have more "picking" to do.

One by one, Finn's berries went "kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk" until he'd gathered all of his blueberries into his pail.

And then we paused for a snack of more edible blueberries. (I love the little fingernails trimmed in blue paint.)

What a tasty treat!

When we finished gathering blueberries a few more times, Finn asked if we could read Blueberries for Sal again and again until lunchtime. We settled on 3 more readings.

With Finn providing the "kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk", of course!


  1. Such a sweet idea! I'll bet those little blueberries will get lots more play too. By the way Finn is looking like such a big kid these days :)

  2. How fun! I can't go blueberry picking without thinking of that book either. What a great idea that was to make play blueberries.

  3. What a fun idea! We haven't got the book, though. I should order it and do this with the girls. They just love projects that go along with their story books.

  4. Whata great postand cute idea!! I love the fingernails <3

  5. What a fun idea and nice memories , greeting from Belgium


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