Today, we went for a scooter ride. We really only went around the block, to get some fresh air and 10min of exercise. We went to the local tram stop and then Red Ted shouted: “Look Mummy, blackberries!”. My goodness, it is the 1st August and already the blackberries are out.
So precious. So tasty.
Well.. a picking we did go.
Though stumbled across the blackberries this time.. it is advisable to wear long sleeved arms and trousers, as well as socks and closed shoes – there are lots of prickles and nettles around blackberries!
There are several reasons why I ADORE doing this with my children:
They are tasty
They get to experience and appreciate nature
They learn about where things come from (not plastic containers) and what plants look like
Learning about seasons (and in what seasons you can find what)
It is frugal
It is healthy (both the fresh air and the fruit)
It is fun
They appreciate the “effort” that goes into getting something
We will go picking again and then we will bake and cook with them – so they can learn a bit more about cooking
In a funny sort of way it is MAGICAL!
I am now looking forward to what other lovely things I can teach them about! What can you go picking and make good! Wild Garlic into pesto… Dandelions into tea and soap. Nettles into soup. Elderberries into cordial…