Thursday, June 17, 2010

6 Tips for Strawberry Picking with Children

Strawberry picking with friends has been a June tradition for my family since 2005.  At 2 years old and 4 months old, I can't say Will and Ben contributed much to our baskets back then but we sure had fun!

After 5 years of strawberry picking with my children I've learned a few lessons I want to share with you.

1.  Take a bottle of water for each person.  Hard working pickers get thirsty!

2.  Expect them to eat as they pick!

3.  Take pictures of your kids when you first arrive.  Be sure you squat down to your child's level to get the best pictures.

4.  Wear hats and sunscreen.  The sun can be brutal in an open field.

5.  EVERYONE should wear red shirts.  Little hands WILL get wiped on their shirts and yours, too!  And strawberry juice STAINS!

6.  Stop for ice cream cones on the way home.  (Optional, but it's always a good idea to reward your hardworking strawberry pickers!)

Do you go strawberry picking?  I'd love to hear about your experience!


Amy Haynes said...

Love the picture! Wow! How they have grown!!! We missed our ice cream on Saturday! :)

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Amy, I can't believe the difference 5 years can make! They were still babies but sure seemed big at the time. I thought about ice cream Saturday but it was such a cool day and everyone seemed so satisfied (full!)I didn't mention it. Can you guess what tomorrow's Family Fun Friday is? :)

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

That picture is so cute! Were they really that little?

Love the idea of the red shirt. I would imagine it can get messy!

Carrie said...

Yeah. Maybe next year I'll take all of your advice. =D I'm still hoping that the strawberry fields will still be open this coming Saturday so that I can go and pick a few on my own.

We'll see! Fingers crossed.

Jenn said...

Wow! Was Will that little??! 5 years seems like a long time ago! Thanks for the advice- we need to find somewhere in AR to go. Thanks for the advice!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Dawn, I know it's hard to believe they were that small!! William (right) is about 25 months in this picture and Micah (left) is about around 18 months. So different from the 7 and 6 year olds today!

Carrie and Jen, I'm sure your kids would enjoy picking strawberries. It's all about the timing and having help. :)

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