How Does Your Garden Grow?

Toddler with plants, ready to garden

This spring plant some seeds, visit a garden, go to your local Farmer’s Market, and don’t forget to share some garden stories and rhymes!



Babies

Book Jacket: Planting a RainbowPlanting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert
ISBN: 9780152063047
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Rhyme: "Round and Round the Garden"
Round and round the garden (Rub your finger in a circle in child's palm)
Like a teddy bear  
One jump, two jump (Creep fingers up child's arm)
Tickle him (her) under there (Tickle under chin/arm)

Toddlers

Book Jacket: Zinnia's Flower GardenZinnia's Flower Garden
by Monica Wellington
ISBN: 0525473688
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Rhyme: "Mary Mary Quite Contrary"
Mary Mary Quite contrary   
How does your garden grow?   
With a little love and tender care   
And pretty babes all in a row   


 

Song: "The Rain"
The rain is falling down (Wiggle fingers in front of you)
Splash! (Clap the floor or your thighs with gusto)
The rain is falling down  
Splash!  
The rain is falling down  
Splash!  
Pitter patter, pitter patter (Clap hands gently)
Pitter, patter, pitter patter  
The rain is falling down  
Splash! (Clap the floor or your thighs with gusto)




Preschoolers

Book Jacket: A Tiny SeedA Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle
ISBN: 9780689871498
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Song: "A Ring,A Ring O' Roses"
A ring, a ring o'roses (Children hold hands and dance around a circle)
A pocket full of posies   
Tishoo, tishoo   
All stand still (Children hold still)
   
The King has send his daughter (Children hold hands and dance around a circle)
To fetch a pail of water  
Tishoo, tishoo  
All fall down (Children fall to the floor)


Song: "Three Little Ducks"
Three little ducks went out one day,  
Over the hills and far away  
Mama duck said "Quack, quack, quack!"  
But only two little ducks came back.  
   
Two little ducks went out one day,  
Over the hills and far away  
Mama duck said "Quack, quack, quack!"  
But only one little duck came back.  
   
One little duck went out one day,  
Over the hills and far away  
Mama duck said "Quack, quack, quack!"  
But none of the three little ducks came back.  
   
Sad Mama duck went out one day,  
Over the hills and far away  
Mama duck said "Quack, quack, quack!"  
And all the three little ducks came back.