Here are some Spring and Garden-themed books for ages 3 and up.
Preschoolers love: stories with action and description; funny characters in silly situations; stories about families, friends, and relationships; non-fiction with accurate information and detailed pictures; subjects the child shows interest in; counting books, ABC books, and shapes; books with rhymes and simple poems; and books about the child’s concerns, feelings, and real life experiences, such as getting ready for school or a new sibling. Follow your child’s interests!
Books We Recommend: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell, Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell, Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert , The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin, Rah, Rah Radishes! A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre
Rhymes and Songs:
Mary Mary Quite Contrary rhyme and coloring sheet
Cut open different fruit and compare the seeds (size, color, number, etc). Look at seeds with magnifying glass. Make a chart showing the results of your study, notice similarities.
Choose a different stamp for each color of paint. Slice any vegetable you have handy in half lengthwise. Place cookie cutter on the cut side of one half; set aside the other half to use for another stamp. Push the cutter through the vegetable, keeping it flat on table; break away excess. Poke shape out of cutter, blot away any moisture with paper towel. Spread a thin layer of fabric paint on a paper plate. Dip the shape, white side down, into the paint a few times, moving it around for an even coat; wipe off any paint on the sides of the stamp with paper towel. Stamp the shape on a piece of paper, cotton shirt, or other surface.
Glue or draw eyes on a small flower pot or plastic cup. Fill with potting soil or dirt. Sprinkle with grass seed and keep moist for about 7 days.
Books We Recommend:
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
Activities: Yarn Bird Nest Craft
Science in the Backyard or Park (from PBS)