Preschool Storytime: The Surprise Garden

Hi friends! Welcome to Storytime with Miss Theresa. Today we are going to read a great book for Week of the Young Child, which is this week! We’re reading The Surprise Garden written by Zoe Hall and illustrated by Shari Halpern. You can pick up a free copy to the book to keep through April 17 at Curbside Pickup or the Kids Library desk while supplies last.

Kindergarten Readiness Tip

Gardening is a science and a whole lot more! Here are some fun brain building activities for your little gardener.

  • Planting seeds and watching them grow gives kids a sense of purpose and responsibility. Have them check the plant’s water and sunlight needs. Talk about soil, photosynthesis and caring for the earth.
  • Engage their senses by feeling wet and dry dirt. Sort seeds and note the differences. Smell different plants and flowers, and talk about what you find.
  • Use a ruler to measure a flower each week and see how much it grows.
  • Count the number of flowers on a plant.

Most of all, have fun exploring the outdoors with your child!

More Fun

Interesting facts about how seeds grow


Learn about the parts of a plant while you sing and dance to this video from Harry Kindergarten Music


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I have worked with preschool children for more than 30 years, both as a teacher and as an Outreach Storyteller. I like to cook, tend to my vegetable garden, and make jam and pickles in my spare time. I love cats! If you want a great picture book, I'm happy to help you out.