Story Time

In My Garden
Submitted by: Christina Thompson, Freeman
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
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.

(Children love to help "tell" this story. Have them make the "muncha, muncha, muncha" sound).
The Gigantic Turnip by:Aleksei Tolstoy and Niamh Sharkey
This hilarious retelling of the classic Russian tale about a farmer whose turnip is impossible to pull from the ground uses simple vocabulary and is ideal for reading aloud.

There are several other versions of The Turnip, including some featuring other veggies such as carrots. Use whatever version you love telling.
Planting a Rainbow by:Lois Ehlert
A mother and child plant a rainbow of flowers in the family garden.

A very short book, but if you can find a big book version, it will hold the children's attention.
Songs
Funny Little Bunny
Funny little bunny goes hop, hop, hop.
Funny little bunny please stop, stop, stop.
Wiggle your ears,
and crinkle your nose,
and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle right down to your toes.

(This is a fun action rhyme. Children enjoy doing it faster and faster)
When it's Time to Grow
(sung to the tune of All Around the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we go in the ground,
Go in the ground,
Go in the ground.
This is the way we go in the ground,
When it's time to grow.

Additional verses:
Pop through the dirt...
Stretch and grow...
Open our buds...
Bend in the breeze...

(Have the children act out the motions as you sing the song)
There's Something in my Garden
(You can make this into a flannel board and have the children guess the animal based on the sound)

There's something in my garden,
I wonder what it can be.
There's something in my garden,
Something I can't see.
It makes a funny noise, it goes
Buzz, buzz, buzz.
A bee is in my garden!
Buzz, buzz, buzz.

Add other creatures and sounds, such as bunnies (thump, thump, thump), birds (tweet, tweet, tweet), frogs (ribbit, ribbit, ribbit), etc.
Craft
Die cut colorful flowers or cut out pictures of flowers from magazines and have the children glue them onto a piece of paper to make a colorful bouquet of flowers.