Gardening (Toddler)

TODDLER STORYTIME

It’s Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week!  This year the State Library of Kansas has chosen Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres as the selection for the 6th Annual Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week (held November 15-19, 2010.)  Libraries across the state will read Up, Down and Around and will hold programs focused on food, healthy eating, and where our food comes from.  One lucky family attending storytime at Wamego Public Library will win a copy of this book!

OPENING SONG: The More We Get Together

FINGERPLAYS:

  • Apple Tree
    Way up high in the apple tree (reach arms up high)
    Two little apples smiled at me (make two fists)
    So I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake fists)
    And DOWN came the apples. Mmmm they were good (bring fists to ground, rub tummy)
  • 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!)


BOOK 1: Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres
This book talks about veggies that grow up (like corn), grow down (like carrots), and grow around (like green beans).  Have children point up, down and around while reading this book.  Or for a more active reading, have them jump up, crouch down and twirl around.

SORTING GAME: Foods to eat sometimes vs. Foods to eat all the time
Print out pictures of healthy foods (I used carrots, strawberries, broccoli, apples, corn on the cob, milk and water) and not-so-healthy foods (I used cake, donuts, french fries, and soda).  Ask children to name the food and then ask if it’s a food to eat all the time, or just some of the time.  Put the pictures on opposite sides of the bulletin board as you work through them.  Kids are sure to choose the ‘unhealthy foods’ as ‘everyday foods’ so this is a good time to make a few jokes – “I know that everyone here would like to eat cupcakes everyday, but ….”

I found all of these food pictures by doing a google search.


ACTION SONG:
In My Garden from Raffi’s CD ‘One Light One Sun’
(MP3 download here)
Children can act out digging dirt, hoeing weeds, planting seeds, picking peas, and then eating them!

RHYME/ACTIVITY: There’s something in my garden
There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden
That I can’t really see.
Hear its funny sound….
Ribbit - Ribbit - Ribbit
A Frog is what I found!
Ribbit-Ribbit-Ribbit

Repeat with other animals, such as a crow (caw-caw-caw), mouse (squeak-squeak-squeak), rabbit (thump-thump-thump), bird (tweet-tweet-tweet) etc.  This is especially fun if you can find stuffed animals and hide them in a box.  Let children guess what animal you have in the box based on the sound, and then ask them to make the animal sound after revealing the stuffed animal.


BOOK 2:
I Spy in the Garden by Richard Powell
“I spy with my little eye something that begins with C.”  Then lift the flap to find a caterpillar….. and many more animals that you might find in a garden.   Ask children, “what sound does the letter ‘C’ make?” and then let them practice making the sound before lifting the flap.   Who doesn’t love a good game of “I spy”?

FINGERPLAY: 10 Plump Peas
10 plump peas in a peapod pressed (press two fists together)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (bring up one finger, two fingers, then all fingers)
They grew and grew an did not stop (slowly move hands apart)
Until one day the pod went POP! (clap hands!)

SONG: Carrots, Peas and Broccoli
Tune: Twinkle, twinkle little star
Carrots,peas and broccoli
Vegetables are good for me
For my snack and in my lunch
Veggie sticks are great to munch.
Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.

CLOSING SONG: We Wave Goodbye Like This

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