Theme Packets Gardens - Pierce County Library

Theme Packets
Rhymes And Fingerplays
A Little Sun
A little sun
My Garden
This is my garden. I’ll rake it with care.
(hold arms above head)
(Pretend to rake.)
And them some flower seeds I’ll plant there.
(Pretend to plant seeds.)
A little rain
(wiggle fingers in the air in a downward motion)
Now pull up all the weeds
The sun will shine,
(pretend to pull weeds)
(Put arms over head in a circle.)
And the rain will fall,
Our flowers grow, all in a row
(Put hands in air and bring down as rain.)
(hold up all ten fingers lined up like flowers)
And my garden will blossom
and grow straight and tall.
(hold thumb and finger to show size of seeds)
(Make fist then open slowly as the flower blooms.)
From tiny little seeds.
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Mary Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.
The Gardening Song
First you take a shovel, a rake, and a hoe
Plant a little garden, Plant seeds in a row
Water them and weed them
Through all the summer heat
And then you'll have some..
Flowers or vegetables to eat.
Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden
Little Brown Seed
I'm a little brown seed
(Circle your finger on your child’s palm)
(crouch into a ball)
Creeps the teddy bear
One step, two steps
Rolled up in a tiny ball
The rain and the sunshine
(Walk fingers up child’s arm)
Tickle you under there!
will make me big and tall
(very gently tickle your child under the arm)
(stretch out)
Things to do together
Give your child a magnifying glass and turn them loose in the backyard or at a park. Ask them to
share with you what they discovered looking at bugs, flowers and plants under the glass.
Perhaps make a chart with drawings of what they saw.
Take a walk through a flower garden and have your child think of at least three words to describe
some of the individual flowers.
If you plant a garden, have your child make the labels for each row
Cut out or copy off pictures of bugs and plants. Mix them up and encourage your child to sort
them into categories: bugs and plants, green and not-green, large and small, etc.
Draw flowers together and give them interesting made-up names.
Other Resources
Science is Simple : over 250 Activities for Preschoolers
by Peggy Ashbrook,