Program for Toddlers

ABC Garden / ABC jardin

By Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

Four Friends in the Garden by Sue Heap

How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers

El jardín de Bessey, la desordenada by Pat McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

!Ten cuidado catarina!: Look Out Ladybug! by David Crossley

Una sandía bien fría / One Cool Watermelon by Hannah Tofts

¿Vegetal como eres: Alimentos con sentimientos? by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers

Books to Show or Booktalk

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

La semilla de zanahoria by Ruth Krauss

A sembrar sopa de verduras by Lois Ehlert

There's a Billy Goat in the Garden by Laurel D. Gugler



Use the pattern provided at the end of this program to create ladybug nametags.


Cover a display table with a bright green or yellow plastic table cloth. Set up a garden watering can, gardening gloves, seed packs, gardening tools, and bug puppets or plastic bugs on the table. Display books related to gardening and allow the audience to check them out after the program.

Costumes and Props

Greet the children with a ladybug hand puppet as they enter the storytime program. A very nice puppet is available from Folkmanis,


La Hormiguita

(From Dígame un cuento / Tell Me A Story : Bilingual Library Programs for Children and Families by Elida Guardia Bonet, Paola Ferate-Soto, Josefina Rodríguez-Gibbs, Nohemi López and Maricela Moreyra-Torres Published by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at

Por aquí va una hormiguita. (Use your index and middle fingers as the ant climbing up the child's arm)

Buscando su casita. (Continue climbing up and down the child's arm)

Por aquí pasó, por aquí pasó, (Move your fingers to the other arm of the child and climb up and down)

¡Y aquí la encontró! (Tickle the child's armpits)

The Little Ant

(Translated by Paula Gonzales)

A little ant goes in search of his house. (Use your index and middle fingers as the ant climbing up the child's arm)

He looks up and (Continue climbing up and down the child's arm)

He looks down. (Move your fingers to the other arm of the child and climb up and down)

Searching and searching,


I found it! (Tickle the child's armpits)


"Los Hormiguitas" on Lirica Infantil Vol. 9: De Colores by José-Luis Orozco

"Pajarito" on Lírica Infantil Vol. 13: Canto y Cuentoby José-Luis Orozco

La araña pequeñita


La araña pequeñita subió, subió, subió.

Vino la lluvia y se la llevó.

Salió el sol y todo lo secó.

Y la araña pequeñita

Subió, subió, subió.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider


The Itsy bitsy spider

Went up the water spout

Down came the rain and

Washed the spider out

Out came the sun and dried up

All the rain and the Itsy Bitsy

Spider ran up the spout again.

Flannel Boards

Diez calabacitas

(Adapted by Paula Gonzales from the traditional fingerplay, "Ten Fluffy Chickens".)

Prepare this flannel board activity before storytime, so that the children are surprised by the magic trick at the end. First place the strip of ten small pumpkins on the flannel board. Cover the pumpkins completely with the strip of ten seeds. When the gardener sprinkles water on the seeds, cover the seeds sheet with the water droplet sheet. Remove the two layers of water and seeds to reveal the pumpkins. The patterns are provided in this program. Pattern I and Pattern II are provided for this flannel board at the end of this chapter.)

Cinco semillas y cinco semillas son diez. (Cuente las semillas)

El granjero cuida las semillas cada día por un mes.

Echando agua. (Ponga agua de la hoja de gotitas arriba de las semillas).

¿Qué ves? Diez calabacitas esta vez. (Quite las hojas que tiene el agua y las semillas para revelar las diez calabazas)

Ten Little Pumpkins

Five little seeds and five little seeds make ten. (Count all seeds together, up to ten)

The gardener takes good care of the seeds.

He sprinkles water on them. (Place the water droplets felt strip on top of the seeds strip)

What now? Ten pumpkins appear! (Carefully remove the first two felt strips simultaneously which are the seeds and water droplets to reveal ten orange pumpkins that are hiding.


Flower Headband
  • Construction paper (various colors)
  • Glue
  • Poster board
  • Crayons
  • Stapler

In advance, use a die cut machine to cut out flowers. If you don't have access to a die cut machine, use the patterns provided at the end of this chapter to trace and cut out flowers. Cut strips of white poster board for headbands. Let the children color and glue the flowers onto the headband. After the craft is complete, the adult caregivers and parents will measure the child's head and assist with stapling the band to fit.

Games and Activities

Sensory Tables

Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® and What's the Big Idea? Science and Math for Children in Public Libraries are model programs that libraries are encouraged to implement. They are aligned with research and evaluation findings on child development which show that children learn through their five senses, and that sensory experiences are key factors in early literacy and learning to read.

Sensory tables fulfill a child's need to feel, smell, hear, see, and, sometimes, taste the media they are using. Almost all programs can be enhanced with a sensory table. According to Early Childhood News at, sensory activities also function as great exercises for the development of fine motor skills. Sensory tables also allow children to experiment with important pre-math skills such as sorting, pouring, measuring, and estimation. They stimulate brain development, and research shows that they help strengthen the connection between the left and right sides of the brain. Instructions for making a sensory table may be found on the Earth Kids website at

Sowing Seeds Sensory Activity

Fill two sensory tables or large plastic containers with two inches of oatmeal or sand. Place five large brown pom-poms, representing seeds, in the sand. Adults should supervise and allow the children to take turns hiding and finding the seeds (pom-poms) under the sand. If desired, include plastic toy shovels and plastic toy hand rakes to encourage use of fine motor skills by scooping and shoveling.

Professional Resources

El Día de los Niños / El Día de los Libros on the Texas State Library website at includes bilingual songs, rhymes, and fingerplays.

Craft Materials

Ladybug Nametag Pattern

LadybugPatternPrinter Friendly PDF Version (155 KB) (Full Page)

This is a full page of four ladybug patterns to be used as nametags.


Diez Calabacitas Flannel Board Pattern I

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This is a full page pattern for a flannel board that has ten little pumpkins in varying sizes across the left side of the page with the bottoms facing the edge of the page. On the other side of a line is an outline of a watering can.


Diez Calabacitas Flannel Board Pattern 2

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This is a full page of patterns that have a set of outlined pumpkin seeds and droplets of water.


Flower Headband Craft pattern

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This is a full page of patterns of four flowers. The top two are five round-petaled flowers with round centers. The bottom left flower has six pointed petals and a round center. The final flower is a small wavy edged flower with a round center.


Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011