Babies Walkers 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Children sing a song about a different aspects of gardens and growing plants. They explore what they might see or do in a garden in the song through props or pictures to learn more about them. Songs are easy to remember for children and a good introduction to learning more about a topic.

Equipment required

  • Just the music

Link to resources

Duration

  •  Up to six weeks

How it works

This activity is about singing a song or two about some aspect of gardening. Whichever song is chosen, try to bring the song to life more by introducing it and explaining what it is going to be about. Perhaps draw out of your discover box toy versions of what you are going to sing about (e.g. some silk flowers, a small trowel and bucket, a watering can etc). At the end you could talk about the props, asking who has done some gardening or what things might you see in a garden.

What to do in the class

Choose one or 2 songs to sing. Talk to the children first if they have gardens at home and if they like playing in them. Ask them what they have in their garden and if you have done any gardening before. Explain what song you are going to sing and what it is about.

Possible song choices

MAD Academy recordings:

  • Sleepy Caterpillars
  • Mary Mary
  • Wiggly Woo
  • Round and round the garden
  • Oats peas beans and barely grow
  • This is the way we dig the earth (words below)
  • Dig dig dig the earth (words below)
  • The Gardener plants the seed (words below)
  • Dig a hole (words below)
  • Wiggly Wiggly Worm

 

This is the way we dig the earth – Sung to Mulberry Bush

This is the way we dig the earth, Dig the earth, dig the earth.

This is the way we dig the earth. To make the garden grow.

This is the way we plant the seeds etc..

This is the way we water the seeds etc…

This is the way we pull the weeds etc…

This is the way we pick the fruit. Pick the fruit, pick the fruit.

This is the way we pick the fruit, Now that the garden’s grown

 

Dig Dig Dig the Earth – sung to the tune of Row Row Row

Dig, dig, dig the earth. Then you plant your seeds. (Make digging motion. Pretend to drop seeds.)

Pat them down in the ground. And pull out any weeds (Pretend to pat down the earth. Pull imaginary weeds out.)

Dig, dig, dig the earth. Then we rake and hoe. (Make digging motion. Make raking motion.)

A gentle rain. And bright sunshine. (Flutter fingers down. Circle arms above head.)

Will help your flowers grow. (Hold one arm parallel to ground and move other arm up behind it with fingers extended to represent a flower growing.)

The Gardener Plants the Seed – sung to Farmer in the Dell

The gardener plants the seeds

The gardener plants the seeds

Deep down inside the ground

The gardener plants the seeds

The rain clouds give them water

The rain clouds give them water

Seeds need some water to drink

The rain clouds give them water

The sun gives heat and light

The sun gives heat and light

Seeds like it warm and bright

The sun gives heat and light

The gardener pulls the weeds

The gardener pulls the weeds

Seeds need the room to grow

The gardener pulls the weeds

The seeds grow into flowers

The seeds grow into flowers

Flowers that are beautiful

The seeds grow into flowers

Dig a hole – Sung to the tune of  Twinkle Twinkle

Dig a hole deep in the ground

Spread some tiny seeds around

Pat them down – so they will keep

They are lying fast asleep

Rain will help the seeds to grow

Sunshine keeps them warm I know

Training Videos

Caterpillers-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Mary Mary-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Wiggly Woo-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Round And Round The Garden-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Oats Peas Beans And Barley Grow-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

This Is The Way We Dig The Earth-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Dig Dig Dig The Earth-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Dig A Hole-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Wiggly Wiggly Worm-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

 

Adaptations for older/younger children

The activity is designed for verbal children

 

What to do in a nursery setting

No adaptation required

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