Garden – Toddler

Introduction Hello Hello!
Opening Rhyme Be a Seed
Be a seed, (crouch down)
Small and round (make your hands into a circle)
Sprout, sprout, sprout up from the ground. (start sprouting) Shake your leaves for all to see (stretch your arms out wide while shaking leaves)
Stretch your arms up, you’re a tree! (Slowly raise your arms overhead like branches)
Source: King County Library System
Book There’s a Pest in the Garden by Jan Thomas
30971648Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
Tune: “Frere Jacques”Plant the garden, plant the garden.
Watch it grow, watch it grow.
Count the pretty flowers,
Count the pretty flowers
In a row, in a row.

Plant the garden, plant the garden.
Watch it grow, watch it grow.
Count the yummy veggies,
Count the yummy veggies
In a row, in a row

Source:Preschool Express

Book Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
Nursery Rhyme Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells
and cockle shells
and pretty maids all in a row!
Traditional Rhyme This is Big Big Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk
Sign Language Garden
Action Rhyme Little Seed in the Ground
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!) 

I repeated this rhyme three times and had the children act they were a seed growing. By the the third time, the kids acted like they were bursting through the dirt.Source: Storytime Around the Year by Kimberly K. Faurot

Action Song Butterfly Beanbag Rhyme
In the Sky
Flap your wings
And up you fly.
Back and forth
To and fro,
Up,up, up
And away you go!

Each child gets a beanbag or scarf. With each line, you move the bag from hand to hand above your head. On “up, up, up” start lifting the bag higher and then throw the bag in the year on “away”.

Source: More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

Dance Song I’m a Little Seed by Carole Peterson
Dance Song Jump in the Puddles by Carole Peterson
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft: It felt only right for the kids to make their own mini gardens. Sommer’s Lion Pride was my source of inspiration.


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