Activities Through the Curriculum
Having Fun with Language
Challenge the children to make silly words ending with 'berry.' For example, each child can end their name with 'berry', like Johnberry, Tomberry, Julieberry, and Toniaberry. How about going to bedberry, bathberry, schoolberry, carberry, toyberry, and so on. You are sure to hear giggles with this game.
Counting and Patterns
This book is full of counting opportunities - "one berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry" and "three berry, four berry, hayberry, strawberry." If possible, bring in some fresh blueberries to count. Mark an egg carton from one to twelve in each section with a marker. Invite the children to place blueberries to match the number in each section cup. If blueberries are not in season, use manipulatives such as Legos to place in the sections.
Practice patterns while making fruit kabobs for snack. Help the children thread berries (in season) onto plastic coffee stirrers or small straws. Use a simple ABA pattern such as strawberry, blueberry, strawberry, or advance to an AABAA pattern like raspberry, raspberry, blueberry, raspberry, raspberry.
Paint with Berry Baskets
Collect those plastic pint berry baskets you get in the supermarket. Place tempera paint into containers. Invite the children to dip the basket into the paint and then print onto paper. Have several baskets along with a variety of primary (red, yellow, blue) paint colors. Note the square designs that are printed and the color mixing when two primary colors overlap to make secondary (orange, green, purple) colors.
Music and Movement
Invite the children to dance in the strawberry meadows like in the story. Make crepe paper wands for props that will blow in the wind as they dance. Take empty toilet paper cardboard tubes and tape or staple three lengths of crepe paper streamers on each tube. The children can decorate the tubes with markers or stickers if they wish. Put on some happy music and dance.
Jam Tasting Party
Bring in a variety of berry jams and invite the children to taste and enjoy them served on crackers or toast squares.
Note: Always check with parents to make sure a child does not have an allergy to berries. Strawberry allergies are common.