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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mortimer’s First Garden

Planting a garden is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. I absolutely loved this book the first time we read it. This is the same mouse from Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. My kids love Mortimer Mouse.

mortimers first garden

  • Read Mortimer's First Garden by Karma Wilson … Mortimer hears the big people talking about planting seeds in the dirt. He has one sunflower seed left and decides to see if this miracle is true!

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  • Match the seeds … we can grow so many delicious foods. This fun matching game from Montessori for Everyone shows the inside and outsides of several fruits we eat.
    1. Print these wonderful, free matching cards here.
    2. Click on the “Whole and Half Fruit” link
    3. Cut the cards apart and laminate.
    4. Lay all of the whole fruits on the ground.
    5. Choose a half fruit and make a match! Be sure to examine the different seeds inside!
    6. OPTIONAL: Have a real piece of each of these fruits. When you find a match, cut open the real fruit, examine it, and try a slice!
  • Let’s Plant a Garden Fingerplay … a fun fingerplay from The Friend magazine!

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earth egg carton seeds

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  • Plant a mini garden … just like Mortimer, let the kids plant a few seeds and watch them grow!
    1. Carefully remove the lid from an empty egg carton. 
    2. Lay newspaper out on the table (or do this outside!)
    3. Use a spoon to fill each section 1/2 full with soil.
    4. Plant a seed in each section. We will plant sunflower seeds!
    5. You may want to label the sections if you plant a variety of seeds.
    6. Top with more soil and spritz with water (use a squirt bottle)
    7. Place in a sunny window.
  • Snack Idea: Fruit & Sunflower Seeds!

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