Storytime Theme: Plants & Seeds

        What do we want?  SPRING!  And when do we want it?  NOW!

It can’t come fast enough!  So this week we talked about plants and seeds.  THINK SPRING EVERYONE!

Books:

Toddlers: 

  • Big Red Apple by Tony Johnston (simple introduction to the life cycle of the seed in bright beautiful artwork)
  • How Does a Seed Grow? by Sue Kim (This book with big foldout pages shows seeds as they take root and grow)

Pre K:

  • A Green, Green Garden by Mercer Mayer (Little Critter is back to show us what it takes to plant and nurture a garden)
  • Let’s Go Nuts! Seeds We Eat by April Pulley Sayre  (Examples of seeds we eat before they grow into plants using colorful photography)

Craft:

 

IMG_5391Apple Seeds: Our toddler craft was taking a half apple shape and filling it with seeds!  While the kids colored the seeds black, parents cut out white ovals and glued them onto the apples.  Then they cut out the seeds and pasted those on.  This tied in nicely to the book, Big Red Apple.

apple

seeds

(APPLE & SEED TEMPLATES)

 

IMG_5393

Seed Greenhouses: Our PreK group took on the challenge of building a greenhouse this week!  This is a test of their patience because they won’t see results for a few days.  Each child cut out the middle of 2 of the house shapes.

greenhouse

(GREENHOUSE TEMPLATE)

While those were being decorated, moms took a piece of wet paper towel and a lima bean and placed both into a ziplock bag.  We then placed the ziplock bag in the middle of the two houses (like a sandwich) and taped it to the paper and then taped the houses together.  They kids will go home and hang these on a window.  After a few days, they will start to see the lima bean root and begin to grow!

Songs/Fingerplays:       

seed 1      

seed 2                                                                                  

seed 3

This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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