Dig Into Reading: Gardening (Toddlers)

This week marks the first week of summer reading program events.  Which means I will have four toddler storytimes and two all ages storytimes a week- bring it on!  This is quite the change from my one storytime weekly at my last job!

Here is my outline for my garden storytime with toddlers!

I am using the same opening song as I did with my previous group of kids, Hi,Hello.

Picture books:

what does bunny see
What Does Bunny See
By Linda Sue Park, illus by Maggie Smith
i have a garden
I Have a Garden by Bob Barner
maisy grows garden
Maisy Grows a Garden (a non-circulating pop-up book) by Lucy Cousins

The kids and adults alike loved Maisy Grows a Garden.  The pop-ups were so fun!  And the ending is my favorite, so of course I had to take a pic ;)


Songs and Fingerplays

Every week we will be singing a favorite of the toddlers- Icky, Sticky Bubble Gum
We also listened and did actions along with In My Garden by Raffi

“Dig a Little Hole” action rhyme
Dig a little hole (dig)
Plant a little seed (drop seed)
Pour a little water (pour)
Pull a little weed (pull up and throw away)
Chase a little bug (chasing motion)
Heigh-ho, there he goes! (shade eyes)
Give a little sunshine (make sun)
Grow a little rose (smell flower, eyes closed)

“Herman the Worm” action rhyme
We did the traditional Herman the worm song but he ate vegetables instead of his family members!  Before the song started we all practiced chewing our bubble gum, playing with our yo-yo’s and asking “what happened?!”

We also did a flannel activity, There’s Something in My Garden.  You can find the poem and templates here!

This summer I am doing a new Closing Song which I already love.  We will be singing Wave Goodbye which you can find in the Closing Songs tab!


We used the adorable cupcake-liner flower craft from Storytime Katie! I changed it around a bit to make it a little easier for the toddlers.  We didn’t use buttons and instead of craft sticks just drew stems and leaves with green crayons.  The kids loved it and they all turned out very adorable!  I found a variety of colorful and patterned cupcake liners at Hobby Lobby.

Flower/Garden Storytime

Thanks for reading :)