Friday, March 29, 2013


Spring is in the air and the bees are buzzing!  Southern folklore holds that Good Friday is the best day of the year to plant a garden.  Although many of you still have 5 feet of snow on the ground, looking at seed catalogs might be your best bet today!

The Planting Song
(Tune:  “Farmer in the Dell”)
Let’s all plant some seeds,                 (Pretend to dig with a shovel.)
Let’s all plant some seeds.
Hi, ho, it’s spring you know,
Let’s all plant some seeds.

The rain begins to fall…                     (Have fingers fall like rain.)

The sun warms the earth…                (Hands over head in a circle.)

The seeds begin to grow…                  (Make a fist with one hand and bring
                                                      the other hand up through it.)

Seed Hunt - Have children hunt for seeds in their kitchen at home.  Bring these in and plant them in plastic cups.  Be sure to label.  Water and watch.

Seedy Snack - Popcorn, sunflower seeds, pickles, and strawberries!  What do they call have in common?  They could all be part of a seedy snack.  Let the children brainstorm all the things they eat that have seeds.

Planting Jelly Beans - Have children brainstorm other things they would like to plant, such as jelly beans or pennies.  Purchase carrot seeds, radishes, and other seeds that germinate quickly and plant.  Predict what will happen.  Watch and record data.

Newspaper Tree – Open three sheets of newspaper and lay on the floor as shown.  Roll up and tape.  Cut down several strips from the top about 8” long.  Reach into the middle of the roll, grab the center, and slowly pull up.  
                              The children will be amazed as the tree grows!