Digging in the Dirt

By Anne Neidinger

Books to Share

Max Loves Sunflowers by Ken Wilson-Max

Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke

Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park

Books to Show or Booktalk

Jack's Garden by Henry Cole

One Bean by Anne Rockwell

Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward

Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown

Bulletin Board

What's in Your Garden?

Cover the bulletin board with green and brown paper. Affix seed packets and photos of things that are found in a garden, such as garden tools, plants and bugs. Provide die cuts of gardening items for children to put their names on and add to the bulletin board.


Garden with Bunny and Carrot

Copy and precut theGarden with Bunny and Carrot nametag pattern provided at the end of this chapter and give them to the children as they enter storytime.


Garden Tools

Display books about gardening and seeds along with garden tools. Add clear, labeled containers with different types of seeds inside each, gluing the containers shut so that they don't get opened.


Dig a Little Hole


Dig a little hole. (Pretend to dig)

Plant a little seed. (Pretend to drop a seed in)

Pour a little water. (Pretend to pour)

Pull a little weed. (Pretend to pull up weed and throw it away)

Chase a little bug. (Chasing motion with hands)

Heigh-ho, there he goes! (Shade eyes)

Give a little sunshine, (Cup hands, lift to sun)

Grow a little rose. (Smell flower, eyes closed, smiling)

My Garden


This is my garden (Extend one hand, palm up)

I'll rake it with care. (Make raking motion on palm with three fingers of other hand)

And then some flower seeds

I'll plant in there. (Make planting motion with thumb and index finger)

The sun will shine (Make circle with arms overhead)

And the rain will fall. (Flutter fingers down to lap)

And my garden will blossom (Cup hands together)

And grow straight and tall. (Extend hands upward slowly)


"I Love Dirt"by Jean Warren from Theme-A-Saurus II: The Great Big Book of More Mini Teaching Themes by Jean Warren.

Rhymes and Poetry

Round and Round the Garden


Round and round the garden,

Like a teddy bear,

One step, two step,

Tickle you under there!

Flannel Boards

Flower Patterning

Use the "Flower Patterning" flannel board idea from PreschoolEducation.com at http://www.preschooleducation.com/fflower.shtml to practice pattern skills. After cutting out several different colors of construction paper flower petals, give each child a petal. Create flowers together on the flannel board using alternating colors of the petals. Ask the children to help you decide what color petal comes next.

Stories to Tell

Jack and the Beanstalk

Tell the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk or listen to it together online at BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/misc/stories/jackandthebeanstalk.


Planting Sunflowers
  • Styrofoam cups
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dirt
  • Water
  • Stickers

Let children decorate their Styrofoam cup "flower pots" with stickers. Fill the cup about halfway with dirt and insert several sunflower seeds into the soil. Remind the children to water their plant every day or two and watch their seeds sprout at home. If possible, have several "pots" that have been started so that the children can see what the plant will look like as it grows.

Games and Activities

Dirt Safari

(Adapted from Theme-A-Saurus II: The Great Big Book for More Mini Teaching Themes by Jean Warren.)

Gather some small gardening shovels. Take the children outside and let them put scoops of dirt on newspaper. Give the children sifters and magnifying glasses so that they can look closely at the dirt. Ask them if they can see parts of plants, rocks, and what the dirt feels and smells like.

Sorting Fruits and Vegetables

Provide the children with plastic or real fruits and vegetables, or magazine pictures of fruits and vegetables. Have them sort the fruits and vegetables according to color and size. Ask them which ones are fruits and which are vegetables, which grow on trees, on the ground, and under the ground. Discuss which ones must be peeled, and, most importantly, which ones they like to eat! Have extra fruit and vegetables on hand for snacking.

Craft Materials

Garden with Bunny and Carrot Nametag pattern

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This is a full page of four bunny with a carrot nametags. The bunny is peering over the box of the garden where only his nose eyes and ears appear. There is a carrot on the right of the box where the name will go.


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