Gardening Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson, book cover

Song: “Sleeping Bunnies ” – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Zoom Zoom Cuddle and Croon

 

Book: The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes, book cover

Song/Fingerplay:
This is my garden,
(extend palm of hand facing up)
I’ll rake it with care,
(rake palm with 3 fingers of the other hand)
And then some flower seeds,
(plant pretend seeds on palm)
I’ll plant there.
The sun will shine,
(circular action with other hand)
And the rain will fall,
(fingers flutter down)
And my garden will blossom,
And grow straight and tall.
(cup hands and ‘grow’ fingers upwards like flowers)

 

Book: Planting a Rainbow by Louise Ehlert

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, book cover

Song: All I Wanna Do is Dance” – Kira Wiley: Kings and Queens of the Forest

 

Book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes

My Garden by Kevin Henkes, book cover

Closing Song

Crafts: Pipe cleaner flowers

 

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Garden Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening song

Book: Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Berry

big yellow sunflower

Song: “The Garden Song” – Junior Jukebox: Four Seasons

Book: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Up, Down, and Around book cover

Song: “Tap, Tap” – Handwriting without Tears: Get Set for School

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “flower”

Social Story: It’s Time to Start Using Your Words by Laurence E. Shapiro, illustrated by Hideko Takahashi

Closing song

Craft: flower coloring sheet with pom poms

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Garden Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes

my garden

Song: “In Our Garden” – Peter & Ellen Allard: Sing It! Say It! Sway It!

Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

Flower Garden book cover

Flannel: There’s Something in My Garden

Song: “It is Springtime” – Junior Jukebox: Four Seasons

Book: Jonathan and Martha by Petr Horáček

Jonathan and Martha book cover

Song: “Won’t You Plant Your Seeds with Care” – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

Big Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Planting a Rainbow book cover

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Fork-painted tulips in a garden

tulip preschool story time garden craft

Garden Story Time – Baby

Opening Song

Sign Language: vegetable, garden, flower

Book: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Up, Down, and Around book cover

Rhyme: Five fat peas

Song: Forgot a bag to carry (Tune: “Ring around the Rosie”)
Forgot a bag to carry (sign for bag)
Our books at the library (sign for book)
Stack’em, stack’em (lift baby, or stack hands)
They all fall down (baby to lap, or hands open)
Credit: Leah Portz

Rhyme: Pitty, patty, polt
Pitty, patty, polt, (tap feet together)
Shoe the little colt.
Here a nail, (tap one foot)
There a nail, (tap other foot)
Pitty, patty, polt. (tap feet together)

Book: Who’s in the Garden? By Phillis Gershator

Who's in the Garden? book cover

Song: “In My Garden” – Raffi: One Light, One Sun

Puppets: There’s something in my garden

Song: Hop, hop, hop along (Tune: “Row Your Boat”)
Hop, hop, hop along (hop)
Or bounce on someone’s knee (bounce)
Higher and higher and higher and higher (lift)
Bunny hop with me. (hop)

Rhyme: Round and round the garden

Book (choral): Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

Growing Vegetable Soup book cover

Song (shaky eggs): “The Valley of Vegetables” – Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz

Closing Rhyme

Spring Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! book cover

Rhyme: Little Brown Rabbit Popped Out of the Ground

Flannel: There’s something in my garden

Song: “Won’t you plant your seeds with care” – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

Book: What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Maggie Smith

What Does Bunny See? book cover

Song: “It Is Springtime” – Junior Jukebox: Four Seasons

Puppet Show: Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand (abridged)

Spring is Here book cover

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Fork-painted tulips

fork paint tulip preschool spring story time craft

Garden Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Book: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

UpDownAround

Rhyme: One arm goes up, one arm goes down, one arm goes up and down.
Two arms go up…
One leg goes up…
Two legs go up…

Song: “In My Garden” – Raffi: One Light, One Sun

one light one sun

Song: (Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet go stomp, stomp, stomp, etc…
I can make my hand wave bye, bye, bye…

Book: Who’s in the Garden by Phillis Gershator, illustrated by Jill McDonald

whos in the garden

Rhyme: I’m a little beetle
And I wiggle all day (wiggle baby)
If you get too close to me,
I’ll FLY away! (lift baby)

I’m a little bumblebee…
I’m a little ladybug…

(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Rhyme: Round and round the garden (draw circle on back or hand)
The little bunny goes
Hippity-hop, hippity-hop (bounce fingers up arm)
I’m gonna get your nose! (tickle nose)

Rhyme: The little clock goes tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock (swing baby side to side)
The big clock goes ding-dong, ding-dong, ding-dong (swing back front to back)

Book (choral reading): Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

growing vegetable soup

Song (with shaky eggs): “The Valley of Vegetables” – Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz

Closing rhyme

Garden Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: What’s in the Garden? by Marianne Collins Berkes, illustrated by Cris Arbo

whats in the garden

Rhyme: Garden Snail

Slowly, slowly, very slowly, creeps the garden snail. (Move hands down legs)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, up the wooden rail. (Move hands up legs)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly, runs the little mouse, (down legs)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly, in his little house. Squeak! (up legs and body, make ears)

Song: “In our Garden” – Raffi: One Light, One Sun

one light one sun

Book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes

my garden

Song (with shaky eggs): “Fruit Salad Salsa” – The Laurie Berkner Band: Victor Vito

Book: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown

creepy carrots

Movie: Planting a Rainbow

planting a rainbow

Craft: Creepy carrots

creepy carrots

 

Garden Story Time – Toddler

Opening Song

Book: I Have a Garden by Bob Barner

ihaveagarden

Song: Herman the Worm, repeated with different fruits and vegetables: lyrics at grandparents.com

Song: “In My Garden” – Raffi: “One Light, One Sun”

Book: What Does Bunny See by Linda Sue Park

whatdoesbunny

Action Rhyme: “Dig a Little Hole”
Dig a little hole (dig)
Plant a little seed (drop seed)
Pour a little water (pour)
Pull a little weed (pull up and throw away)
Chase a little bug (chasing motion)
Heigh-ho, there he goes! (shade eyes)
Give a little sunshine (make sun)
Grow a little rose (smell flower, eyes closed)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Activity: There’s Something in My Garden rhyme and felt activity

Book: Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins

maisygarden

Closing Song

Craft: Flowers with cupcake liners

garden toddler

*This story time was also blogged about on Miss Meg’s Storytime*