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SONGS, POEMS AND FINGERPLAYS

  1. Little Flowers
    Little flowers swaying in the breeze,
    Turning our faces up to sun and trees,
    When the night comes each one nods and sleeps.
    (Children may stand and sway back and forth, turn faces to the sun, then nod, droop head, and close eyes.

  2. The Sleepy Seed
    A tiny seed
    Slept on the ground
    Beneath a leafy cover.
    (Rest closed left hand on table)

    Until one day
    The sun did say,
    "Wake up, it's time for summer!"
    (Hold right fist (sun) over left hand, pretend to knock)

    The seed was tired
    So he snuggled up
    Close beside his brothers.
    (Wiggle fingers on left hand)
    The sun got mad
    And called the wind,
    Who blew of all the covers!
    (Wave right hand for wind, remove "covers" (left hand))

  3. The Seed Cycle
    (Sung to tune "The Farmer in the Dell")
    The farmer sows his seeds
    The farmer sows his seeds
    Hi-ho the dairy-o
    The farmer sows his seeds.

    Other verses:
    The wind begins to blow...
    The rain begins to fall...
    The sun begins to shine...
    The seeds begin to grow...
    The plants grow big and tall...
    The farmer cuts his corn...
    He puts it in his barns...
    And now the harvest is in...

  4. My Garden
    This is my garden
    (Extend one hand forward, palm up)
    I'll rake it with care
    (Make raking motion on palm with other hand)
    And then some flower seeds
    (Make planting motion with thumb and index finger)
    I'll plant in there.

    The sun will shine
    (Make circle above head)
    And the rain will fall
    (let fingers flutter down to lap)
    And my garden will blossom
    (Cup hands together, extend upward slowly until fingers stand straight)
    And grow straight and tall.

  5. Vegetables
    (Sung to tune "Mary Had a Little Lamb")
    I'm a tomato, red and round,
    Red and round, red and round,
    I'm a tomato, red and round,
    Seated on the ground.

    I'm a corn stalk, tall and straight,
    Tall and straight, tall and straight,
    I'm a corn stalk, tall and straight
    And I taste just great.

  6. Dig a Little Hole
    Dig a little hole. (Dig)
    Plant a little seed. (Drop seed)
    Pour a little water. (Pour)
    Pull a little weed. (Pull and throw)
    Chase a little bug. ((Chasing motion with hands)
    Heigh-ho, there he goes. (Shade eyes)
    Give a little sunshine. (Circle arms over head)
    Grow a little bean. (Hands grow upward)

  7. Flower Play
    If I were a little flower
    Sleeping underneath the ground,
    (Curl up)
    I'd raise my head and grow and grow
    (Raise head and begin to grow)
    And stretch my arms and grow and grow
    (Stretch arms)
    And nod my head and say,
    (Nod head)
    "I'm glad to see you all today."

  8. Mr. Carrot
    Nice Mr. Carrot
    Makes curly hair,
    (Hand on head)
    His head grows underneath the ground,
    (Bob head)
    His feet up in the air.
    (Raise feet)
    And early in the morning
    I find him in his bed
    (Close eyes, lay head on hands)
    And give his feet a great big pull
    (Stretch legs out)
    And out comes his head.

  9. Little Seed

    A little seed so soft and round (form a circle with fingers)
    I'll dig and lay you down (make a digging motion)
    And you may rest beneath the ground (cup on hand, lay other over it)
    Until your leaves come up, (point up)
    And your roots go down (point down)

    Idea submitted by Una--Thanks!

  10. Troubles with Flowers

    I once had a bouquet of flowers
    They only grew in rain showers
    Try as I might,
    Through both day and night
    But couldn't quite make them like towers.

    Poem submitted by Sammi--thanks!


ARTS AND CRAFTS

  1. Grass Hair-
    Save 1/2 pint milk cartons. Decorate the outside of carton like a face. Place soil in cartons and add grass seeds. After approximately 7 days the grass will start to grow and look like hair. If the grass becomes too long, have the children give them haircuts.

  2. Flower Collage
    Collect flowers and weeds. Press between paper and books. Dry them for 7 to 10 days. Use the pressed foliage to create collages on paper plates or construction paper.

  3. Seed Pictures
    Supply children with paper, paste and various kinds of seeds. Included may be grass, bean and popcorn seeds. Let the children express their creativity through self-expressed designs.

  4. Leaf Rubbings
    Place a thin piece of paper over a leaf. Rub gently with the long side of a crayon.

  5. Hand and Foot Flowers
    Create a flower by using the child's hands and feet. Trace and cut two left and right hands and one set of left and right feet. Put one set of hands together to form the top of the flower and the other set (facing down) to form the bottom side. Add a circle to the middle. Cut a stem from green paper and add the green feet, as leaves.

  6. Potato Prints
    Cut potatoes in half. The children can dip in paints and stamp potatoes on a large sheet of paper. These can be displayed or used as wrapping paper.

  7. Celery Leaves
    Mix some thin tempera paint. Use celery leaves as a painting tool.

  8. Decorate a Flower Pot:
    Use a plastic flower pot . Have children decorate the flower pot. Make flowers out of colored tissue paper. Add pipe cleaners as stems; put them in pots as and arrange as a bouquet of flowers.

    Idea sent by Lynn--Thanks!


RECIPES

  1. Vegetable Dip
    1 cup plain yogurt
    1 cup mayonaise
    1 tablespoon dill weed
    1 teaspoon seasoned salt

    Mix all ingredients together and chill. Serve with fresh raw vegetables.

  2. Banana Rounds
    4 medium bananas
    1/2 cup yogurt
    3 tablespoons honey
    1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 cup wheat germ

    Peel and slice bananas into "rounds". Measure spices, wheat germ and honey. Blend this mixture with yogurt and bananas. Chill prior to serving. Serves 8.

  3. Strawberry Shake
    20 fresh strawberries
    4 cups milk
    3 tablespoons sugar

    Wash strawberries and remove stems. Cut into small pieces. Combine milk, sugar and strawberries in a large mixing bowl, blender or food processor. Blend for 2 minutes.


OTHER ACTIVITIES

  1. Growing a Seed
    Give each child a Ziploc bag, moistened paper towel and lima bean. Place the bean on the paper towel and put in bag. Tape bags to classroom windows and watch them sprout.

  2. Colored Celery
    In clear containers place several stalks of celery with leaves. In each container add 3 inches of water and drop a different color of food coloring. The leaves should turn colors in a few hours. Try splitting a celery stalk in half, but do not split the stalk all the way up to the top. Put one half of the stalk in red water, and the other half in blue water. Watch what happens to the leaves.

  3. Root a Vegetable
    Place a potato or carrot in a jar, root end down so that one-third is covered by water. A potato can be held upright with toothpicks. These toothpicks can rest on rim of jar. Have the children water as needed. Roots should grow out from the bottom and shoots from the top. Then plant the root in soil for an attractive plant.

  4. Counting and Classifying Seeds
    Place a variety of seeds on table. Encourage children to count and classify them into groups. To assist in counting and classifying, an egg carton with each section given a number from 1 to 12 may be helpful. Observe the numeral and place a corresponding number of seeds in each section.

  5. Read Lois Ehlert's delightful book, Growing Vegetable Soup to the children. Use these activities:
    Play a vegetable identification game with the children, using plastic vegetables from your play center. Make a graph to determine children's favorite vegetables. Make a seed chart using real seeds. Glue to poster board. Then ask children what kinds of seeds they are and what vegetables will grow from those seeds. Have a vegetable soup day. Ask children to bring in vegetables. Get them to help you wash and cut the vegetables up (use regular table knives) and put in pot. Use the recipe in back of Growing Vegetable Soup.

  6. Greenhouse Glove- submitted by Kathy--thanks!
    Use a clear plastic glove (think sandwich shop servers) and place a wet cottonball in the 4 longest fingers. Place a name card in the shape of the thumb in the glove. Drop a different seed into each finger and write on the top of the finger the name of the seed. Tape the glove closed at the top to create a greenhouse and hang in the window. Once the seeds begin to grow in their cozy environment, cut the tip off each plastic glove finger and allow the cottonball and seedling to be transplanted into a pot of soil.


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