Preschool Storytime Ideas
Digging in Flower Gardens
Flower gardening can be fun for preschoolers, even if they don’t have a yard at their home. They can have flowering houseplants, or flower pots on the windowsill. For an activity, decorate small terracotta flower pots, and have each child plant a flower seed in the pot. Marigolds, Shasta Daisies, and Zinnias are the easiest flowers to start from seeds. Or, make cupcake paper daffodils or one of the other ideas seen here.
Bracken, Beth. HENRY HELPS PLANT A GARDEN. Henry plants flowers and vegetables in this garden.
Carle, Eric. THE TINY SEED. The life cycle of a seed is explained in this charming story.
Demi. THE EMPTY POT. Ping learns that honesty is the best option when he tries and fails at growing a seed.
Ehlert, Lois. PLANTING A RAINBOW. Covering both the concept of colors and the “how to” of planting flowers, this brightly illustrated book is perfect for a wide age range.
Henkes, Kevin. MY GARDEN. A little girl imagines that her flower garden grows candy.
Lobel, Anita. ALISON’S ZINNIA. This ABC of flowers will help children learn the name of flowers.
Lobel, Anita. THE ROSE IN MY GARDEN. In this cumulative story, a flower garden begins with a single rose.
Park, Linda Sue. WHAT DOES BUNNY SEE? The rhyming text will help the audience call out the color of each flower in this interactive story.
Pfister, Marcus. AVA’S POPPY. Ava is sad when her poppy flower withers and dies, but is surprised when it blooms again in the Spring.
Rawlinson, Julia. FLETCHER AND THE SPRINGTIME BLOSSOMS. Fletcher mistakes some white blossoms for snow on the ground.
Wallace, Nancy. PAPERWHITE. Lucy helps Miss Mamie plant flower bulbs.
Wellington, Monica. ZINNEA’S FLOWER GARDEN. Zinnea grows and sells flowers in this simple story that explains the process.