The end of August and September brings us blackberry season, a sweet hedgerow berry which has been foraged for many generations. Here are 5 things to do with Blackberries.
What can I do with Blackberries?
Blackberry Ink and Quill Writing – pick 20 blackberries, mush them up in a pot. Then find a feather and cut the feather ‘stem’ at a 45 degree angle to make the quill. Now dip the quill in the ink and get drawing and mark making.
Counting with Blackberries – when you are picking blackberries why not encourage your child to have a go at counting the number of berries they collect. Why not count in 1’s, 2’s, 10’s, 20’s, 50’s and see if you can reach 100!
Apple and Blackberry Crumble – why not have a go at making a seasonal Apple and Blackberry Crumble, a delicious seasonal dish. Here is a recipe you could try.
Blackberry Play Dough – Blackberry Play Dough is a rich purple coloured play dough. Simply mix together in a mixing bowl 150g of crushed blackberries, 2 tbsp of oil, 1/3 cup of water and then add 1 cup of plain flour and 1/2 cup of salt to make the play dough and knead together until smooth. Now get out a rolling pin and a selection of cookie cutters and let your child have fun exploring and playing with the play dough. Store overnight in a zip lock bag and sealed plastic container with lid.
Blackberry and Banana Smoothies – blackberry smoothies are a great way to eat the fruit. Add two cups of blackberries, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 cup of apple juice, 1 ripe banana and a chopped orange into a mixing bowl or jug and blend together with a blender! Pour in a cup and drink.
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Before making any of the above ensure children are supervised at all times during these activities. Be aware of allergens in recipes.