how to make blueberry paint!

July 20, 2010

We went blueberry picking last week. And while the blueberries were delicious, I'm not sure they were worth venturing out into the 100 degree Georgia heat! Let's just say this 7 month pregnant lady didn't last very long in the hot, hot sun. 

We did manage to pick about a pound of berries (and when I say "we" I mean "I" because Juliet only contributed 1 berry to the pail...the rest went straight into her mouth. I think that was about a pound also.) 

I've been trying to unify my Little Learner posts with a theme each week and last week I shared some fun blueberry ideas. (This week's theme is games, in case you are wondering!) One of the ideas I found was this recipe for blueberry paint. We decided to give it a go and discovered a wonderful treat!

I filled a pot with water, brought it to a boil, and then added a small amount of blueberries. I think the recipe called for 1/2 cup, but I think I used about 1/4 cup. 

The blueberries we used are the ones that Juliet refused to eat one night and that I didn't feel like sitting through an hour long wait session with her while I made her finish them. Weak, I know. 

After they cooled, I let Juliet mash them up. She used this blender piece and I used the back of a spoon to release the juice. 

Then it was time to paint! The paint smelled delicious--somehow the cooking released an even better berry smell! It was so delicious that those berries that were not fit to be eaten the night before...

Suddenly, became VERY appealing. She ate way more than she painted. Haha! I win after all! (Although, not because I knew what I was doing or anything!)

The paint was fun to smash around on the paper and it had a nice deep color that was even darker when it dried. 

I wish I had known this recipe earlier for when Juliet was younger and still in the "I put everything in my mouth" stage. This would be a great activity for toddlers--even if they eat it the paint, it's okay!

Blueberries for Sal (Live Oak Readalong)(Book + CD)

This paint is the perfect activity for one of our favorite books: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Have you read it? It's a classic that we discovered last year at the Blueberry Farm. 

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Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Fun! Yes, it's been too hot here for us to try blueberry picking - can't imagine being pregnant this summer! Ugh.

Blueberries for Sal was my hubby's favorite book as a child. He bought it for me years before we started our family. :)

butterfly wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

we love blueberry paint i never made it from real blueberries just used the syrup from canned, horrible i know! :)

another great blueberry book is: blueberry mouse, Peter in Blueberry land and blueberry girl!

I need to get all of these again and do a blueberry day :)

Deborah said...

I love that book and the blueberry paint! Awesome

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

We haven't read those other blueberry ones yet, thanks for sharing!

Bending Birches said...

love blueberries for sal!!!!! great site, glad to have found you!!!

Silver Rose said...

This is awesome! I loved reading this book with my grandmother when I was a kid. :)

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