Ready, Set, Grow!


Early Literacy Tip

Extend children's enjoyment of non-fiction and informational books with related activities. Exploring the topic through hands-on activities encourages their curiosity and makes them want to learn and read more about it.

READY, SET,GROW!—BOOKS | SONGS AND FINGERPLAYS | WEB SITES

Library Books

Fiction

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
Helped by her father, a young girl prepares a flower garden as a birthday surprise for her mother.

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Intensely colored graphics capture the complete growing process from seed to cooking pot, with the focus on the plants.

Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole
Cumulative text and illustrations depict what happens in Jack's garden after he plants his seeds.

My Garden by Kevin Henkes
After helping her mother weed, water and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy
After a young girl finds two old potatoes at her father's house, they plant and tend them to see if they will have new potatoes in September.

Non-Fiction

Some non-fiction books may not be developmentally appropriate for every preschooler. You know your children—if any of the text is beyond where you think they are, you can still use the book by discussing the pictures and illustrations.

Garbage Helps Out Garden Grow by Linda Glaser
Photographs and text helps young readers understand the importance of compost for their garden.

How Do Plants Grow by Louise Spilsbury
Introduces plants, where they live and how they grow. 

Plants Are Alive by Molly Aloian
Vibrant images and clear, simple text teach readers what plants need to survive, the basic parts of a plant and the stages in a plant's life cycle.

Seed to Plant by Kristin Rattini
Introduces a plant's life cycle, explaining how seeds grow into flowers and trees.

What Are Bulbs and Roots? by Molly Aloian
Introduces readers to the plant parts that are not often seen—roots and bulbs. Readers will discover the functions of these plant parts and how new plants can form from bulbs and roots.

READY, SET,GROW!—BOOKS | SONGS AND FINGERPLAYS | WEB SITES

Have fun with finger puppets.

Songs and Fingerplays

Five Little Seeds

Five little seeds in the deep, dark ground, (hold up five fingers)
Sleeping and waiting, not making a sound. (finger to lips)
Along came an ant, across the garden floor, (wiggle fingers like ant crawling)
He carried off one seed, and then there were four. (crawl fingers over to take away one) 

Four little seeds in the deep, dark ground, (hold up four fingers)
Sleeping and waiting, not making a sound. (finger to lips)
Down came a birdie, out of the tree, (flap hands like a bird)
He ate up one seed and then there were three. (“eat” down one finger with opposite hand) 

Three little seeds in the deep dark ground, (hold up three fingers)
Sleeping and waiting, not making a sound. (finger to lips)
Out snuck a cat, as cats often do, (move hands slowly like a cat walking)
He dug up one seed, and then there were two. (pretend to dig in the ground like a cat)

Two little seeds in the deep dark ground, (hold up two fingers)
Sleeping and waiting, not making a sound. (finger to lips)
Along came some children, out having fun, (point to or tickle children)
They ran through the planted seeds, and then there was one. (run with fingers) 

One little seed in the deep dark ground, (hold up one finger)
Sleeping and waiting, not making a sound. (finger to lips)
Down came the rain, and warm was the sun, (wiggle fingers down for rain, and hold up above head for the sun)
They woke up the little seed, his sprouting had begun! (close fingers into a fist, then burst open at the word “woke,” and slowly raise hand up for remainder of the line)

The Garden Song
(Tune: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")

Dig, dig, dig your garden,
Make it smooth and neat,
Push, push, push that shovel,
Push it with your feet.

Plant, plant, plant your seeds,
Push them down an inch,
Cover your seeds with some soil,
Cover with a pinch.

Water, water, water your seed,
This will help them sprout,
Sprinkle lightly and let's not pour,
And don't let them dry out.

Sun, sun, sunshine,
It will turn them green,
Carrots and radishes and peppers, too,
Tomatoes and some beans.

Watch, watch, watch them grow,
See them grow so tall,
Put a scarecrow in the ground,
To protect them all.

Pull, pull, pull the weeds,
Keep your garden clear,
To make them grow up and out,
And stretch out here and there.

Pick, pick, pick your feast,
Cook some veggie soup,
You'll have lots and lots to eat,
Enough to feed the group.

Out in the Garden by Jean Warren
(Tune: "Down By The Station")

Out in the garden,
In the month of May.

See the busy farmers
Planting seeds all day.

Soon there will be flowers
And red ripe tomatoes.

Maybe even squash
And little brown potatoes.

Planting Poem

I took a little seed one day?
About a month ago.
I put it in a pot of dirt?
In hopes that it would grow.

I poured a little water?
To make the soil just right.
I set the pot upon the sill?
Where the sun would give it light.

I checked the pot most every day,
And turned it once or twice.
With a little care and water?
I helped it grow so nice. 

Seeds
(Tune: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star")??

Dig a hole deep in the ground,?
Spread some tiny seeds around.

Pat them down—so they will keep,?
They are lying fast asleep.

Rain will help the seeds to grow,
Sunshine keeps them warm I know.

This is the Way We Plant Our Seeds
Tune: "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"

This is the way we plant our seeds,
Plant our seeds, plant our seeds,
This is the way we plant our seeds,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the wind does blow,
Wind does blow, wind does blow,
This is the way the wind does blow,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the rain comes down,
Rain comes down, rain comes down,
This is the way the rain comes down,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the sun shines bright,
Sun shines bright, sun shines bright,
This is the way the sun shines bright,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the seed grows up,
Seed grows up, seed grows up,
This is the way the seed grows up,
Early in the morning.

This is the way we hoe the soil,
Hoe the soil, hoe the soil,
This is the way we hoe the soil,
Early in the morning.

This is the way we pick our beans,
Pick our beans, pick our beans,
This is the way we pick our beans,
Early in the morning.

READY, SET,GROW!—BOOKS | SONGS AND FINGERPLAYS | WEB SITES

Websites

The Activity Idea Place—Plants
Everything Preschool—Garden Theme
Kids Activities—Gardening Theme
Prekinders—Plants and Seeds Theme
Pre-K Pages—Spring Theme





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