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INSPIRATIONS - blackberries

A collection of blackberry nature activities, including recipes and some great art & craft ideas.



Last August we saw some brilliant blackberry activity ideas so we wanted to put them together in this Inspirations page.

Look out for an abundance of lovely ripe blackberries towards the end of the summer holidays. Did you know that in the northeast of England October half term is known as 'Blackberry Week'?

What you'll need

  • blackberries
  • collecting container

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    Environmental Considerations

    Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

    • forage sensibly

    Health & Safety Considerations

    Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
    Some considerations particular to this activity include:

    • watch out for bramble thorns and prickles

    Blackberry Recipes

    (that's if you can manage not to eat them all when you are out picking and have some left!)

    Picking Top Tip

    Cut some holes in the lid of a reused plastic pot and pop your berries through while you're collecting. If the pot gets dropped they won't all fall out.

    Have a look at our tips for foraging. .

    Blackberry cordial

    Glass of blackberry cordial
    • Add 750g blackberries to a pan with 100ml of water & zest of one lemon
    • Heat on medium for 12 minutes
    • Strain the mixture (you should have approx. 500ml of strained liquid)
    • Return to the pan with 350g of sugar. Heat to dissolve the sugar and bring to the boil
    • Remove from the heat, add the lemon juice and bottle!

    Thank you to Mandy from @mudpieadventures

    Campfire crumble

    Blackberry Crumble
    • Cook blackberries (add apples or pears if you like) in some water and sugar until soft
    • Sprinkle on some value granola and serve when warmed through.

    We like to add cold custard!

    “Really nice this one & so easy with the granola that doesn’t need any actual cooking!”

    Thank you to Sarah from Milford Pre-School Plus

    Blackberry ice cream

    blackberry ice cream on a plate

    You will need: blackberries, 3 bananas, tin of full fat coconut milk, maple syrup & vanilla essence.

    • Slice 3 bananas. Pop them onto a baking tray and into the freezer, and put your unopened can of coconut milk into the fridge to keep cool. This will make your ice cream lovely and smooth
    • While waiting for the bananas to freeze go for a walk to forage some blackberries
    • When you get home, put the blackberries into water for five minutes to clean them and get rid of any other little guests
    • Put all your ingredients into a blender… whizz until smooth and pour into a container
    • Freeze for 3 hours and it’s done!

    Thank you to @roxannes_little_explorers

    Here are some of our recipes:

    Blackberry & apple jam

    Mmmm... what's not to like?! A traditional jam recipe for foraged fruits.

    Read More about Blackberry & apple jam

    Campfire orange cakes

    A fun, yummy campfire cake activity. Plus, reflections on campfire cooking methods & why these cakes taste SO good!

    Read More about Campfire orange cakes

    Blackberry Craft

    Blackberry Mash Tie Dye

    Forage for your blackberries, pour a cup in a big pan - mash, mash, mash! Pour in some cold water, mash some more. Add fabric (carefully rolled and tied by an adult) and mash in the purple water.

    Thank you to @littlepuddlepeople

    Blackberry ink silhouettes

    We love this idea from @ForestSchoolFun - use leaves and blackberry ink (smashed up blackberries) to make silhouette shapes - what other items could you use to make shapes?

    @ForestSchoolFun used cotton to print their shapes onto - maybe they made bunting with them. What else could work?

    More blackberry ideas to try

    • You might be also be interested in our Natural Dyes activity
    • Make some blackberry paint
    • Try making bramble cordage - see our nettle cordage activity for tips

    Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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