At every opportunity, we stir imaginations, spark curiosity and encourage enthusiasm for learning. Keep the blueberry theme going after you leave the Park! Here are some tips and ideas:
Pick Berries Together
July and August are the best times to find blueberry picking in our area. It can be such a great memory to make with your kiddos, and here are a few tips to help make sure it’s a fun experience:
- -Beat the heat by going early. Be sure to wear sunscreen, bring water, wear a hat and dress appropriately (closed toe shoes or rain boots, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty).
- -Bring a towel and a change of clothes or shoes if it has rained recently.
- -Check with the farm about their preference for bringing your own buckets or baskets.
- -Go to the bathroom before you leave the house.
- -Don’t step on plants, and only pick what you want to keep. Some farms ask that you not eat while picking.
- -Call ahead. You’ll want to make sure picking is available before you make the drive.
- -Keep your expectations appropriate for your kids’ ages. Remember the young ones may not be able to do as much as older kids.
Our friends at KC Parent magazine have put together a great online resource listing local farms that allow you to pick your own berries. You can view that here.
Make More Goodies
There are so many things you can use fresh blueberries for! Enjoy the process with your child–from looking up recipes and deciding what to make, to gathering the ingredients and cooking or baking together, and then enjoying the work of your hands! It may just be one of the things they remember most about their summer!