Seed + Sun + Soil = Harvest
Summary: Using a familiar story, The Little Red Hen, we will explore and reenact the fun we had over this past growing season. Invite some friends and together we will put on a play with our tiny gardeners
Before Visiting the Garden:
Gather: Costumes—this can be anything-including feathers or a red scarf, for our little red hen, a brown shirt or scarf, for your cat, etc. Large seeds such as corn or beans, a loaf of bread, and a picnic blanket.
Explore: Pictures of barns. Who do you think lives here? Do you see any animals?
Read: The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton—there are many versions of this story, any will do. This particular version has simple language and high contrast images for our littlest readers.
In the Garden:
Today we are going to get in touch with our inner actor! As gardeners grow, they learn how to interact with other people and their environment through imaginative play. As you walk around the garden, try to imagine the garden as a stage and the plants your props:
Questions to Explore:
What part of the garden do you think would make a good house?
Who would live in this house?
Where would the kitchen be?
What is the first meal you would cook in your garden house?
Now that you’ve familiarized your tiny gardener with the story and the set, our garden, pull out your props!
- Choose your location and assign the characters
- Help your actor put on their costume
- As you read the story, walk your actors through their different parts
- When you finish your play, sit together and share your loaf of bread! You can add fresh, ripe produce from the garden to your post play feast. Talk together about how we help each other in the garden so it can grow.
Beyond the Garden | Visit the Library for Story Time:
Many libraries sponsor story time for children. These story times are a great opportunity for your child to meet other kids and practice their social skills in addition to learning about fun stories from around the world. Check with your local library for schedules.
Continue Exploring | Supporting Materials:
Short plays to put on from PBS Kids: https://ideastream.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/arct14.arts.artplay/play-maker/