For Little Friends

By Bonnie Compton Hanson

The First Easter

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
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Illustrated by Scott Greer

Let’s Plant a Garden

Let’s plant a garden! Dig, dig, dig.
(Make shoveling motions with hands and arms.)
We’ll put in a seed and go pat, pat, pat.
(Bend down and pat the “dirt” with hands.)
Water it well with a spray, spray, spray.
(Pretend to spray a garden hose.)
Then the sun shines bright, big, and round like that.
(Clasp hands and form a large circle with arms above head.)
Now stand in our garden and watch, watch, watch.
(Form “binoculars” with hands, and look through them.)
Up comes a little sprout, pop, pop, pop!
(Palms up, move hands quickly up and down.)
It grows and it grows and it grows and it grows,
(Bend down, then slowly move hands up to waist height.)
’Til we can’t even reach the top, top, top!
(Reach hands up as high as possible.)

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Egg Carton Garden

To make a garden, you will need: a spoon, potting soil, an empty plastic egg carton, 12 vegetable and/or flower seeds, and water.

  1. 1.

    Using the spoon, fill each egg cup 2/3 full with potting soil.

  2. 2.

    Place a seed on top of the soil of each egg cup.

  3. 3.

    Add enough potting soil to each cup to cover the seeds.

  4. 4.

    Carefully add a teaspoon or more of water to moisten the soil in each cup.

  5. 5.

    Close the egg carton and put it in a warm place.

  6. 6.

    Open the egg carton each day to see if the soil is moist. If the soil is dry, add a few drops of water.

  7. 7.

    When the seeds sprout in a few days, keep the lid open and put the carton in a sunny location indoors. Continue to water the plants as needed.

  8. 8.

    After the plants have grown several inches, transplant them to pots—or outside in the garden, if the danger of frost has passed.

[illustration] Illustrated by Julie F. Young