Gardening Preschool Theme
This is a full gardening preschool theme for Preschool children. You can plan an entire week around the activities.
SONGS, FINGERPLAYS, AND GROUP TIME FUN
Arrange a trip to a nursery. Ask the employees to show the children blooming plants. The employees should tell why the plants bloom and what will happen to the plants after they bloom. Have the employees explain how to care for plants. You might want to buy a plant for your classroom.
Purchase several packages of different types of seeds. Read the directions on the seed packages to the students and allow them to plant the seeds in soil-filled paper cups. Be sure to mark each cup with the type of seeds inside. Have the children observe the seeds daily and water as needed. Each day, have the children describe what they see happening to the seeds.
Purchase a rain gauge from a hardware store or make one from a clear container by marking inches along the outside with a ruler and permanent marker. Place the gauge outside and support it so it will not topple. Have the children check each morning for overnight rainfall, or after a rainstorm or shower during the day. Graph the amounts of rainfall for the month.
This is the Way We Plant the Seeds…
This is the way we plant the seeds,
Plant the seeds, plant the seeds.
This is the way we plant the seeds,
Early in the springtime.
This is the way we
dig the hole, put in the seeds, cover the seeds, water the seeds, check the seeds.
Little Wiggle Worm…
The Eensy-Weensy Spider
The little wiggle worm (wiggle pipe cleaner worm)
Went crawling underground. (wiggle worm under hand)
Down Came the rain; (wiggle fingers downward)
Soon mud was all around. (open arms wide)
Rain filled the tunnels (open hand; move fingers together)
And pushed out the little worm. (push worm through other hand)
So the puddles on the ground (make an O with hand)
Were the only place to squirm. (wiggle worm into O)
Show the children items that you would use for gardening. Allow them to guess the name and use of the tool. Extension of the project would to place item in a box and have the children identify the item by just using their sense of touch to identify the item.
Of course you must have the traditional wheelbarrow races.
Sweet Potato Vines…
Insert toothpicks in a spoke fashion around the middle of a sweet potato.
Rest the toothpicks on the top of a jar, with bottom half of the potato in water. Place in lighted area & watch the vine & roots grow.
Parts of a Plant
- Roots – absorbs water and nutrients, anchors plant, transports nutrients, & stores food
- Stem – transports water and food
- Leaves – soaks up the sun’s energy, makes food
- Flower – produces seeds
- Fruit – holds seedSee Rest of Activity
Hands on science activity where the children can see the changes in sprouting seeds.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly in Your Garden
ART TIME FUN
Gather several types of seeds, wax paper, string, and glue in squeezable bottles. Have the children squeeze glue onto wax paper to make designs approximately 4” to 5″ long. Have them sprinkle the seeds onto the glue squiggles. Tell them to leave the extra seeds on the paper until the glue is dry and then shake the excess seeds into a bowl. Have the children gently peel their seed squiggles from the wax paper. Tie a string to each squiggle and hang from the ceiling.
Have the children cut their paper plate into the shape of a sunflower and then paint it yellow to make ‘flowers’.
When plate is dry put glue on plate and glue sunflower seeds on the middle of their plates. Attach them to green paper stems to create the leaves of the plant.
Cupcake Liner Flowers
Pop popcorn and place handfuls of popcorn in plastic Baggies and add a different color to each bag of powdered tempura paint.Shake well to distribute paint all over the popcorn Cut stems and leaves out of green construction paper and glue them to tagboard. Glue on the colored popcorn to make spring flowers.
A cute book that tells the story of a little boy who spends his time planting a garden. He tends his garden by pulling weeds and watering it. When play distracts him, he notices that his seeds have sprouted. The book has a nice message of hard work, patience and being in touch with our earth can bear something fruitful. Buy It Here.
Join Ms. Frizzle and her class on their next adventure! The characters make learning about science fun and exciting! Jump aboard The Magic School Bus and learn how living things grow. Purchase Here.
A young girl and her father board the city bus to purchase a garden. They purchase flowers to bring home and lovingly plant in a window box. The mother comes home to see her Birthday surprises. The story is simple, but extremely captivating. The children can’t wait to see the next step. They will ask you to read it again! Purchase Here
Observing Seeds and Bulbs…
Place several types of seeds, leaves and buds on the science table along with magnifying glasses. Allow the children to use the magnifying glasses to observe the small details of the seeds, leaves and buds. Ask them to describe the details they see.
In The Sand Box…
Outdoors provide buckets, watering cans,empty seed packages, shovels, hoes etc. and have the children pretend to plant their own garden.
Place out a variety of tools for the children to sort into three groups, gardening tools, household, woodworking. You may want to include some of the following hammers, screwdrivers, hoes, rakes,spoons, wrenches, spatulas ect. Have three separate laminated cards one with seeds, one with furniture and the other a picture of a food item. Have the children place the items on top of the correct picture.
(click on picture for directions and printable)
Flowers In The Sensory Table…
Provide flower pots with numbers written on them. Children must “plant” correct number of flowers.
Provide plastic worms (found in the fishing department), and potting soil and allow the children to play freely.
Sensory Table Close Look At Soils…
Have the children examine several types of soil. these could be Sand, clay, potting soil, topsoil, etc….. Have the children use a magnifying glass to look closely at the soil. Let them touch it to see how it feels.
One day fill a clear, see through container with sand, clay and topsoil. Add enough water to cover all the soil. Give the mixture a good stir and ask the children what they think will happen to the mixture tomorrow. You should have different soil levels according to the weight of the dirt and clay.