When you think about activities to make Blueberries for Sal come alive for young readers, you automatically think about recipes: from pancakes to muffins, pie to even sauces, blueberries are perfect for so many things. But anyone who has ever dropped blueberries on their pristine summer white clothes knows that blueberries have the perfect inky purple-blue juice to make paint!
Drawing inspiration from the blue-black ink of the illustrations, this activity will expand the way you think of these yummy little berries. From the fun of smashing berries to proudly displaying finished artwork, young readers are sure to enjoy this new way to paint.
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen and thawed blueberries (you can use more or less depending on how much paint you want)
- Place blueberries in a microwave safe bowl. Add a tablespoon or so of water to the blueberries (This is just to thin it a bit; you will need more water if using fresh berries).
- Mash the blueberries with a fork. It's okay if there are some large pieces of blueberry left.
- Microwave for 1 minute.
- Use paintbrush to paint a beautiful picture with the blueberry paint!
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