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Book List

A Garden For Miss Mouse - Michael Muntean
A Vegetable Garden - Douglas Florian
Alison's Zinnia - Anita Lobel
All About Seeds - Susan Kuchalla
Backyard Sunflower - Elizabeth King
Counting Wildflowers - Bruce McMillan
Eating The Alphabet - Lois Ehlert
Even That Moose Won't Listen to Me - Martha Alexandra
Flower Garden - Eve Bunting
Flower in the Garden - Lucy Cousins
Grandpa's Garden Lunch - Judith Caseley
Growing Vegetable Soup - Lois Ehlert
How My Garden Grew - Anne and Harlow Rockwell
I'm a Seed - Jean Maarzolla
In The Garden - Mark Haddan
In The Garden - Richard Powell and Steve Cox
Mrs. Rose's Garden - Elaine Greenstein
Oliver's Vegetables - Vivian French
Planting a Rainbow - Lois Ehlert
Rosie Plants a Radish - Kate Petty & Axel Scheffler
The Berenstain Bears Grow-it! - Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Carrot Seed - R. Krauss
The Dandelion Seed - Joseph Anthony
The Everyday Garden - Barbara Brenner
The Flower Alphabet Book - Jerry Pallotta
The Giant Vegetable Garden - Nadine Bernard Westcott
The Victory Garden Vegetable Alphabet Book - Jerry Pallotta and Bob Tomson
This Year's Garden - C. Rylant
Vegetables - Susan Wake

Songs & Fingerplays

My Garden - fingerplay

This is my garden. I'll rake it with care.
(Pretend to rake.)
And them some flower seeds I'll plant there.
(Pretend to plant seeds.)
The sun will shine,
(Put arms over head in a circle.)
And the rain will fall,
(Put hands in air and bring down as rain.)
And my garden will blossom and grow straight and tall.
(Make fist then open slowly as the flower blooms.)

Wiggle Worm - Sung to "Did You Ever See a Lassie?"

Did you ever see a wiggle worm,
A wiggle worm, a wiggle worm?
Did you ever see a wiggle worm
Move this way and that?
Move this way and that way,
Move this way and that way.
Did you ever see a wiggle worm
Move this way and that?

Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary - poem

Mistress Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

(Let children tell you what they think silver bells and cockleshells might be. Could they really plant a garden like Mistress Mary?)

I'll Plant a Little Seed - Sung to "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'll plant a little seed in the dark, dark, ground.
Out comes the yellow sun, big and round.
Down comes the cool rain, soft and slow.
Up comes the little seed, grow, grow, grow!

The Seed - Sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

I'm a little planted seed.
See the rain falling on me.
Sun shines down through the trees.
These are the things I need indeed.
Oh, how happy they make me.
I'm a little growing seed.

The Garden Song - Sung to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"

Dig, dig, dig your garden
Make it smooth and neat
Push, push, push that shovel,
Push it with your feet.

Plant, plant, plant your seeds
Push them down an inch
Cover your seeds with some soil
Cover with a pinch.

Water, water, water your seed
This will help them sprout,
Sprinkle lightly and let's not pour
And don't let them dry out.

Sun, sun, sunshine
It will turn them green,
Carrots and radishes and peppers, too
Tomatoes and some beans.

Watch, watch, watch them grow
See them grow so tall
Put a scarecrow in the ground
To protect them all.

Pull, pull, pull the weeds
Keep your garden clear
To make them grow up and out
And stretch out here and there.

Pick, pick, pick your feast
Cook some veggie soup
You'll have lots and lots to eat,
Enough to feed the group.

Arts & Crafts

Egg Carton Nursery


Egg carton
marigold seeds
12 half eggshells
potting soil

What to Do:

Let your children fill an egg carton with empty halves of egg shells. Have them fill each shell with potting soil and carefully plant one or two marigold seeds in each shell. Water each shell with a teaspoon of water. Seeds will sprout more quickly if the lid of the egg carton is kept closed so that the seeds will stay warm. When the seeds sprout, have the children replant the seedlings outside, crushing each shell as they place it into the ground.

~Submitted by Cheryl

Theme Ideas

Greenhouse or Nursery

Visit a greenhouse or you could tour a nursery or gardens. Let children experience all the flowers that are in bloom. Let them try to name some of the flowers. Let them also try to identify tools you would find in a garden shed or around a nursery.

Seed Talk

In the spring, people plant vegetable seeds and flower seeds in their gardens. After the rain falls and the sun shines, the seeds sprout. Soon, pretty flowers and yummy vegetables are growing all around the garden and shed. We eat the seeds of some foods such as peas, peanuts, beans, cucumbers, and corn. Strawberries have seeds on the outside, and we eat those, too. We do not eat the seeds in apples, melons, oranges, or peaches. What else can you think of that has seeds?

Garden - dramatic play

A small plastic hoe, rake, garden shovel, and other items that may be found in a garden shed can be placed outdoors to encourage gardening. A watering can, flowerpot, seed packages, and sun hats will also stimulate interest.


Plants Theme - A to Z Teachers Stuff
Fun Project Ideas - Aggie Horticulture Just For Kids
Garden Party - Birthday Party
Garden Crafts - Danielle's Place
Preschool Gardening Arts and Crafts - Everything Preschool
Plants Theme - First School
Garden - Preschool Education

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