#5 - Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey

Summary: One day, Little Sal ventures with her mother to Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries. Sal's mother wants to can the berries so that they will have enough food for the winter. On the other side of Blueberry Hill, Little Bear is being nudged by her mother to eat lots of berries to grow big and fat.  Both Sal and Little Bear are tired of walking and stop to rest.  When they get up, they start to follow the wrong mother. Little Sal's mother and Little Bear's mother discover their children are missing and go off to find them. 

Suggested Activity: Blueberry Painting

Mixing a batch of blueberry paint is a fragrant and fun activity for a creative teacher. Put a handful of blueberries into a microwave-safe bowl, add some water and microwave until soft. Mash the blueberries with a fork and strain the juice off. Give each child a bit of blueberry juice in a paper cup, a paintbrush, and a piece of paper. Allow the children to paint pictures with the blueberry juice. Be sure to discuss the smell and color of their blueberry masterpieces! 

Curriculum Area: Fine Motor Skills (controls muscles in hands, coordinates eye-hand movement, uses tools for writing and drawing)

Appropriate Age Group: 4 and up