Story Time

Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Toddler • Pre-school
Flower Garden by:Bunting, Eve
Helped by her father, a young girl prepares a flower garden as a birthday surprise for her mother.
Ten Seeds by:Brown, Ruth
Great for working with math concepts.
Anna in the Garden by:Hearn, Diane Dawson
Anna gets a package of seeds for her birthday in February and she plants and cares for them and other flowers that grow in the garden throughout the year.
My Day in the Garden by:Ford, Miela
A young girl and her friends spend the day dressing up like the insects and animals they find in the garden.
Wanda's Roses by:Brisson, Pat
Wanda mistakes a thornbush for a rosebush in the empty lot. She clears away the trash around it and cares for it every day, even though no roses bloom.
Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? A Garden Guess Game by:Rockwell, Anne
This is a true classic!
The Neighborhood Mother Goose by:Crew, Nina
A collection of nursery rhymes, both familiar and lesser known, illustrated with photographs in a city setting.
The Wind's Garden by:Roberts, Bethany
A child and the wind plant very different gardens.
Fran's Flowers by:Bruce, Lisa
This is a colorful book that both toddlers and preschool children will enjoy.
Grandma's Garden by:Moore, Elaine
Kim visits Grandma in the spring to help her plant her garden.
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by:Anholt, Laurence
When Julie crawls into a mysterious garden, she meets an old man tending the flowers. The gentle gardener turns out to be the great artist, Claude Monet, and together they explore his magical world.

Sung to: "The Farmer In The Dell"

The farmer plants the seeds
The farmer plants the seeds
Hi, Ho and Cherry O
The farmer plants the seeds
The rain begins to fall
The sun begins to shine
The plants begin to grow
The buds all open up
The flowers smile at me

Flowers Tall and Small

Flowers tall, (let tall fingers stand up)
Flowers small, (let little finger and thumb stand up)
Count them one by one,
Blowing with the breezes
In the springtime sun!
1,2,3,4,5 (touch each finger as you count)

Five Spring Flowers
Five spring flowers, all in a row.
The first one said, "We need rain to grow!"
The second one said, "Oh my, we need water!"
The third one said, "Yes, it is getting hotter!"
The fourth one said, "I see clouds in the sky."
The fifth one said, "I wonder why?"

Then BOOM went the thunder
And ZAP went the lightning!
That springtime storm was really frightening!
But the flowers weren't worried? no, no, no, no!
The rain helped them to grow, grow, GROW!

Flutter, flutter, Butterfly

Sung to: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Flutter, flutter, butterfly.
Floating in the summer sky.
Floating by for all to see,
Floating by so merrily.
Flutter, flutter, butterfly,
Floating in the summer sky.

*Coffee Filter Flowers

Need: Coffee filter, Markers (or water color paints), and Green pipe cleaners.

Directions: Give each child 3-5 coffee filters. Have them color (decorate) them with magic markers (or water color paints) If they do a ring around the outer edge it looks really nice. Once they are finished, lay them on top of each other and gather in the center. Twist a green pipe cleaner around the center then let it hang for a stem.

Additional: Make paper leaves for the stems.
*Smashing Flower Prints
Need: real flowers, white construction paper, plastic (such as laminating film), hammer.

Directions: Have children pick flowers and arrange them on the paper. Cover with clear plastic. Hit flowers with hammer (Adult Supervision). Color from the flowers will make prints on the paper. This can also be done with leaves in the fall.