Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lois Ehlert Books for Gardening with Kids

Interested in exploring gardening with your kids this summer? Then you MUST try these books. Planting a Rainbow and Growing Vegetable Soup both by Lois Ehlert. They explore the concepts of growing a plant from seed to harvest. Logan's favorite of the two seems to be Planting a Rainbow. He wants to read it over. and over. and over. and over. (Clicking on the image will take you to the Amazon listing for the book. These are affiliate links.)
Lois Ehlert, Planting a Rainbow, picture book, image
In Planting a Rainbow, mom and child plant flowers. Some start as bulbs, some start as seeds. All of the flowers are well labeled, which adds interest to the parent. After the flowers grow, they form a rainbow. Or as Logan would say, 'A bainbow!!!' The page sizes vary, making the rainbow very obvious. For each color, you can "lift the flap" and view flowers of that color. We've been working on learning colors this month so this was a great addition to that!
Lois Ehlert, Growing Vegetable Soup, picture books, image
"Growing Vegetable Soup" is another book that follows the plant growth cycle. In this story, a child and daddy plant a vegetable garden. Included are bold, bright, geometric pictures of tools and plants.
lois ehlert, growing vegetable soup, activities for kids, imageI gave Logan a plate full of vegetables to snack on while reading this book. He's a pretty good little eater but he has a few "hate vegetables", one of those being broccoli  As he was reading the book with me, he found the picture of the broccoli  picked up the broccoli on his plate and said, "SAME" and then started EATING THE BROCCOLI  I'm not sure he loved it but at least he tried it.

I just found this book, Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert on amazon. I think we'll have to try it!

1 comment:

  1. Great idea about serving the vegetables with "Growing Vegetable Soup." I will have to try that! Kellen LOVES "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and the board book version, "Chicka Chicka ABC." I think all kids do. Not exactly sure why, but I'm guessing the illustrations are part of the reason. So bright and colorful!