Blueberries for Sal is a fantastic picture book that illustrates the similarities between bears and humans. It’s filled with subtle personification and onomatopoeia. If you have older children reading wilderness and survival stories like My Side of the Mountain, this book will tie in with them very well.
Books: We like hardcover for children’s classics. They last so much longer, and Blueberries for Sal is one you can read over and over again while you admire the illustrations. There is a reason why this book has been featured in many homeschool curriculums. Creating a Bitty Box around it is one way to create enchantment around learning.
Games: Wildcraft! is a cooperative game designed to help you learn about edible and medicinal herbs and plants. In other words, what your own little Sal can pick and put in her mouth as you wander a hillside.
For a core-subject learning game for your preschooler, pick up The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game. This game allows practice with colors and matching.
Snacks: Obviously blueberries are needed. If you can get fresh that would be best. You can also get frozen if the berries aren’t in season and make some homemade jam. We think it would be good to have some Teddy Grahams Crackers with your blueberries. You can buy freeze-dried blueberries for an interesting texture, but they aren’t as cost effective and shouldn’t be used for making jam.
Activities: Print and play with these animal track match up cards.
Toys: We are suckers for soft, cuddly things. This black bear is no exception, and he looks just like the cub in the book! Give a small bucket for your field trip to a picking field or to put pom poms in as you read… (they won’t ker-plunk and interrupt). You can practice counting or just act out the book by playing hide-and-go seek!
Printables: To accompany your animal track match up activity, you can print out an animal track poster. Homeschoolcreations.com offers a free, printable lesson pack for preschoolers. Add the printable pack from Royalbaloo and you can easily spend a week working on this book.
Field Trips: Just as with our big Box, we recommend you go to a picking farm to gather berries, apples, pumpkins, or whatever is in season. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere where they grow wild, make a day of it and take your pails to fill with deliciousness.
Video: After you’ve read this book a few times and need a break, you can choose to let your child watch a video that is someone reading the story, with the pictures from the book being shown. Here is a YouTube video for you.