Gardens – Preschool

Introduction Good Morning
Book Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
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Flannel or counting rhyme 5 Pretty Flowers
5 (4, 3, 2, 1) pretty flowers (raise up five fingers)
In the meadow grew.
“Hmmm,” I said (touch chin like you are thinking)
“I bet they smell pretty too!”
I bent down to sniff (sniff big)
But they ticked my nose!(tickle nose)
Ah-CHOO!  (sneeze really big)
Oh, no!
Away one flower blows. (Remove one flower or drop finger down)
Source: Kids Blog Pasadena Public Library
Book The Bad Seed by John Jory
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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 Grow, Grow, Grow
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your BoatGrow, Grow, Growing tall. (raise hands slowly)
Flowers growing tall. (raise your hands over head)
I water my garden (mimic actions)
And pull the weeds
And flowers grow from seeds. (cupped hands unfold like blossums)Grow, grow, growing wide. (hands spread outward)
Pumpkins growing wide. (arms  completely out to the side)
I water my garden (mimic actions)
And pull the weeds
And pumpkin grow from seeds. (cupped hands move outward like a pumpkin growing)Grow, grow, growing deep. (hands lower slowly)
Carrots growing deep. (hands on the floor)
I water my garden (mimic actions)
And pull the weeds
And carrots grow from seeds. (cupped hands move away vertically, like elongating carrot)
Source: Storytimes For Two-Year-Olds by Judy Nichols
Action Song LOWERS GROWING SONG
Tune: “The Mulberry Bush”Have your children lay on the floor and curl up into balls.
Have them pretend they are tiny seeds buried in the ground.This is the way we sprout our roots,
Sprout our roots, sprout our roots.
This is the way we sprout our roots,
When spring time is here.This is the way we pop through the dirt,
Pop through the dirt, pop through the dirt.
This is the way we pop through the dirt
When spring time is here.

Additional verses:

This is the way we stretch and grow.
This is the way we shoot up so tall.
This is the way we open our buds.
This is the way we bend in the breeze.
This is the way we smile at the sun.
Source: Preschool Express

Action Song I’m a Little Green Weed
(to the tune of: “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little green weed (crouch down)
growing fast! (stand up quickly)
I’m hiding in the garden (cover head)
but it won’t last. (shake head no)
Someone’s going to find me (hands over eyes, searching)
and give a SHOUT. (Cover hands over mouth on shout & say it louder)
Then bend right over (bend down)
and pluck me out. (Pretend to pull weed)
Source: Kids Blog Pasadena Public Library
Dance Song Hot Potato by The Wiggles
Dance Song Banana Dance by Dr. Jean
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 15
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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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
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Flannel PLANT THE GARDEN
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

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Source:Preschool Express

Book Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
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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
Butterfly
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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