Preschool and Kindergarten PrintablesPreschool and Kindergarten Activities for Reading - Printable Reader 1
Preschool and Kindergarten Activities - Printable Reader 2
The book "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle is a wonderful book to use in conjunction with the Plants Theme. It tells a wonderful story, as well, it introduces key learning concepts about seeds and plants. This is one book I would recommend to use in conjunction with this theme. In the members' area you will also find a predictable retelling of the story that can be placed in a pocket chart, overhead transparency or on chart paper. There is also large pictures that can be used to make this into a big book.
Preschool and Kindergarten Activities - Printable Reader 3
Prior to introducing the mini theme "Trees" you could read the book "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. It would be a good introduction to how trees help us. After, the emergent reader "Trees" would be used for shared reading experience. The small black and white version pictures could be placed in a predictable chart along with the sentences There is also an enlarged color version that can be used to make this reader into a big book which is displayed in the photograph. The story line reads as follows: Trees give us air. Trees give us food. Trees give us heat. Trees give us wood. Trees give us paper. Trees are a home for the animals. We like climbing trees.
My Seed Book (found in the members' area) initiates a discussion that plants come from seeds and where they are found in the plant. It also initiates discussion on how we eat plant seeds.
Preschool Kindergarten Activity - Sorting
Have children sort pictures of living things according to if they are a plant or not a plant. Both color and black and white pictures are found in the members' area.
Parts of Plants (Flowers)
Introduce how plants have different parts. The picture in the link below can be used for this purpose or bring in an actual plant to show the children.
1. Root - holds the plant in the ground and absorbs water and nutrients from the soil.
2. Stem - carries the water and nutrients to the rest of the plant. It also helps support it and direct the leaves towards the sunlight for them to produce the food source for the plant.
3. Leaves - make food for the plant
4. Flowers - make the seeds to make new flowers
Children cut out the sunflower petal (in the members' area). Color or paint the petal. Glue it onto construction paper. Glue sunflower seeds in the middle of the petal. Children paint , color or add construction paper parts to make the rest of the flower as displayed in the photograph, these parts can be labeled.
In the members' area there is a smaller version of the sunflower petal. This can be colored without cutting and the rest of the plant parts can be colored on or added by using green construction paper.
Plant Parts We Eat - Color/ Black and White Pictures Found in the Members' Area Used for Discussion Purposes
The emergent reader books Where Do We See Plants? and My Seed Book introduces the children to the concept that we eat plants.
Roots - turnips, beets, carrots and potatoes
Flowers and Leaves - lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower
Seeds - corn, peas and nuts
Stems - celery, rhubarb and asparagus
1. Cut paper towel to fit into a plastic petri dish, or fill the dish with cotton batting.
2. Add water to dampen but not soak
3. Add seeds (bean and radish seeds grow quickly), cover the dish with plastic wrap
Copy the booklet below. The number of copies you make will vary depending how many days you choose to observe the plant growth.
4. After completing the above planting seeds process the children can complete the first page of their book
5. Draw pictures of the seeds
6. Measure the seed on the growth chart. Color in where it came to on the chart. Children should notice this increases after each observation
7. After the seeds have germinated they can be planted into soil
Children can measure real, artificial or pictures of plants or flowers. Snap cubes or unsharpened pencils can be used or another measuring tool.
Note: Different picture sizes can be found in the members' area similar to what is displayed in the photograph.
Preschool and Kindergarten Number Activities
In the members' area there are sunflower petal cards. A number could be printed in the center of the petal. The children must place that many seeds to represent the numbers shown.
Preschool and Kindergarten Craft Activity One
The children can make the tiny seed. Their foot can be traced, cut and facial features can be added to represent tiny seed.
Preschool and Kindergarten Craft Activity Two
Tip: When making templates for tracing or sponge painting use a soft plastic material (4L ice cream lid works great for this). This allows the templates to be reused again.
Instructions for the Craft
Preschool and Kindergarten Craft Activity Three
Classroom Flower Garden
Head shot photos of children can be taken. They would be cut and centered in the middle of the flower petal. The stem and leaves would be added to make a classroom flower garden.
Preschool and Kindergarten Craft Activity Four
Make a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head
A potato is an example of a root that we eat. Children will have fun making this craft. The picture below demonstrates the possibilities. The potato was painted prior to decorating. Shredded paper found in the craft stores was used for hair and playdough was used to make the lips, nose and ears.
1. cut the top off a used small milk carton
2. cut the strips in the link below. They have been measured to go around the base of the milk carton.
3. staple the strip onto the milk carton
4. the heading in the link below can be cut and glued onto the holder
Note: This must be copied onto legal paper
Suggested Cooking or Snack Activity
1. cucumber slicer per child
2. 6-8 carrot rounds per child
3. 1/2 celery stalk per child
4. Lettuce leaves
The cucumber is used for the center of the flower, the carrot
rounds are used for the petals, the celery stalk is the stem and
the lettuce leave for the leaves.
Dot to Dot Connect the Alphabet Tree Trunk