A day of exploring carrots

“The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Krauss is a wonderful book for young children and our class has enjoyed all kinds of carrot activities to follow up our latest reading of this book…

We began by reading the book during circletime…

Then we passed a real carrot around the circle to explore the smell, color, and texture….

To extend the book into our play,we explored carrots in the water table as we made some “carrot soup”…


We cut and weighed carrots over on the measuring table…

We wrote the word “carrot” and drew a carrot in our word book journals…

And we used some of our real carrots to practice printing in our salt tray…

We played a game that is like “Doggy, doggy, where’s your bone?”  Only we changed the words to say, “Rabbit, rabbit, where’s your carrot – somebody took it and hid it!”  One child would leave the group and hide his or her eyes, then a child in the circle would hide the carrot in his or her lap. We would all pretend to be hiding the carrot in our laps. When we would say the poem out loud, the child would come back and try to guess who really had the carrot.  It often took many guesses but by process of elimination, the children would figure out who had that carrot.  We used a pretend carrot for this game and the children LOVED this game…

And finally, we ate carrots for snack and created beautiful handprint carrots at the art table.  If you didn’t read my previous post on how to make a handprint carrot, then I invite you to hop back over and check it out by clicking here!

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By |2012-04-26T16:00:25+00:00April 26th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. School Sparks Renee April 27, 2012 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Deborah – these are all such great ideas for extending the kids’ learning. Writing with the carrot is so clever! Thanks for these great tips, Renee

  2. Lois Tschaepe April 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    The triplets would have loved the carrot game! These are the kinds of things I can’t do with only 3 children. I’m so looking forward to next Fall when they can begin to have “group” experiences. Maybe they can bring organic carrots to preschool which they have grown themselves?

    Blessings, Lois

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm - Reply

      I would love having them bring organic carrots – and perhaps they can teach us how to grow some at school too:) I am so excited about next year!

  3. Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog May 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I really love the using carrots in salt for writing. We have to try this! Glad to have seen this at the Kids Co-op Playdate 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Chrissy!

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