Storytime Theme: Spring Flowers

This week’s storytime focus was on how to grow a plant from a seed. So, we spent a great deal of time memorizing the three things a plant needs to survive and thrive:  dirt, water and sun.  We used a lot of repetition through the books, as well as with the songs and answer/question times to really drive the three parts home!  The reason?  Because each child got to plant a seed in a cup to take home with them!

Books:

  • Pinkalicious: Fairy House by Victoria Kann (Pinkalicious believe fairies bring the flowers, but we know better!)
  • Koala and the Flower by Mary Murphy (Koala doesn’t know much about flowers, but after a trip to the library, he knows everything he needs to make a flower!)
  • Flower Garden by Eve Bunting (We talked about how we are lucky where we live because there is a lot of farm land around us that let us plant gardens outside. But some kids live in big cities and have to make flower gardens inside.)
  • Zinnia’s Flower Garden by Monica Wellington (This book walks us through the steps to make a garden and then takes it a step further by explaining where the seeds themselves come from-old flowers!)

Activity:

Plant a Seed: Each child got a cup and several Marigold seeds. (I picked Marigold for their heartiness!)  I sat out bowls of planting soil on the table so the kids could scoop it out.  Children just planted the seeds at the library.  They were instructed to take the cup home and water the seed.  And while they were planting, the kids talked with their parents to decide the best place to put their cup so that the seeds would get good sunlight!  I asked parents to post pictures of their flower’s progress on our Facebook page!

 

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

flower 1flower 2flower 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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