Storytime: Gardens

Books

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My Garden by Kevin Henkes
I Have a Garden by Bob Barner
Counting in the Garden by Kim Parker

Other Possibilities
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Songs

“Planting Time” (from hpcl.net)
(Tune: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Dig, dig, dig the earth  (make digging motion)
Then you plant your seeds  (pretend to drop seeds)
A gentle rain  (Flutter fingers down)
And bright sunshine  (Circle arms above head)
Will help your flowers grow (Hold one arm parallel to ground and move other arm up behind it with fingers extended to represent a flower growing)

Rhymes

“Mary, Mary Quite Contrary”
(I sing this rhyme)
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row.

“Little Seed in the Ground” (from Sunflower Storytime)
Little seed in the ground (crouch down on the floor)
Sitting so still (stay crouching)
Little seed, will you sprout?
Yes, I will! (jump up!)

Activity
Plant Seeds – I brought in seed starting pots, potting soil, and bush bean seeds. The children put soil in the pots and planted two bean seeds. I chose beans with the hope that they would sprout even with minimal effort on the children’s part.

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