Here are favorite Spring and Garden-themed stories, rhymes, songs and activities for two and three year olds. (Learn more here about how to choose books for this age). The theme isn’t really important-it’s just a launching point. What’s most valuable is your engagement with your child and following your child’s interests. Have fun!

Books We Recommend:

Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

What Happens Next? Seed to Plant (Rookie Toddler)

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

The Carrot Seed by Kraus

Underground by Denise Fleming

Rhymes and Songs:

5 Little Peas

Here Is the Beehive

Here is the beehive, but where are the bees?  (hold up closed right fist with left hand covering top)

Hidden away, where no one can see. (shake head “no”)

Watch! And you’ll see them come out of the hive. (take left hand off)

One-two-three-four-five! Buzzz! Buzzz! Buzzz! (extend fingers and point to each one while you count, then move fingers around while making sounds; you can also tickle your child here)

I’ll Plant a Little Seed

I’ll plant a little seed in the dark, dark ground/Out comes the yellow sun big and round,

Down comes the cool rain, soft and slow/Up comes the little seed- grow, grow, grow!

Activities:

-Plant bean or radish seeds in a clear plastic cup filled with soil, and watch them grow roots, then leaves, then beans. (Note: Radish seeds are speedy- they only take about a week to germinate).

-Cut open different fruit and compare the seeds (size, color, number, etc). Looking at seeds with magnifying glass is magical for 2 year olds!

Painting with cookie cutters