Booktivity – My Garden

Good morning!

I’m starting a new feature on the blog! One of my favourite things to do with my littlest one is to read a book, and do an activity that goes along with it. This is a super popular concept among daycare and kindergarten classrooms.

I’m calling this new feature – Booktivity! (There are several other companies using this term…but it just fits so well as a book-activity theme!)

So, here it is! Our first Booktivity!

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My Garden

The book I chose is called ‘My Garden’ by Kevin Henkes (ISBN: 978-0-06-171517-4).

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This is an adorable book about a little girl who wants a garden just like her mom’s …with a few changes! She would add all sorts of interesting things to her garden to make it her own.

First, I assembled all of the items we would need for our garden:

  • A sensory bin filled with dirt (I used potting soil)
  • Fake flowers
  • Seashells
  • Umbrellas (we used the mini drink umbrellas)
  • A key
  • Jelly Beans (I used other small jelly-bean like candies)
  • Buttons
  • Chocolate bunnies (I made some from brown play-doh)
  • Butterfly toy
  • Bird toy (all I could find was an Angry Bird!)
  • Strawberry (I used a toy one from the play kitchen)
  • Red balloon, halfway blown up (for the giant tomato)

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I lay all the items on the table and as Kate and I read, I would pause so she could add each item to the garden as they came up in the book. She loved it!

*This could easily be adapted for small groups of kids. Just give them each a few of the items to place in the bin*

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At the end of the book we had a silly garden just like in the story! Kate dug in and reorganized everything and planted the flowers.

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Head to your local library to check out this book and create your own silly garden!

Thanks for looking and click below to share with other parents & educators that love booktivities!

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