Families: Garden

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



A Closer Look by Nancy McCarthy*
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn*
Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins
My Garden by Kevin Henkes*

Early Literacy Tip
Watching a seed turn into a plant is a magical experience for most children. They are fascinated by the process.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: “More Please” by Caspar Babypants*

Featured Track: #5 Rocks and Flowers*

Flannelboard: Planting a Rainbow*

Flannelboard: Six Little Bumblebees*

Props: Ten Little Flowers*

Props: Sunflower Life Cycle*

Repeating Extension Activities

I had lots of back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I starred which ones I used in this storytime:

  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Hands Are Clapping
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes*
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Mister Sun
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • Thumbkin
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Wheels on the Bus

How It Went

The books were all fairly short (and we got through THREE), and I still had a ton of time for extension activities. One of my little boys did not think I could “plant” a rainbow because plants go in the ground and rainbows are in the sky! He was pleasantly surprised when I accomplished my task. One family stayed afterwards to continue dancing to Caspar Babypants. (I play music as families arrive and leave.) And the props/puppets were AWESOME.

2 comments on “Families: Garden

  1. Diane Nelson
    October 1, 2015 at 9:02 am #


    Congratulations on your five year anniversary!


    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

      Thanks Diane! It’s lovely to “see” you here as well as in-person!

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