Exploring carrots and a carrot seed book blog linky

“The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Krauss is a classic children’s book and I think I own about 5 copies of the book but when I went to look for a copy to read to my class, all I could find was the oldest copy on the shelf.  So Miss Abby and I took a few minutes to share with the children how to take care of really old books…

And then Miss Abby read this old favorite to the children. “The Carrot Seed” is about a little boy planting a seed  but no one believes it will grow. There are many meanings you can pull from a book like this and we talked briefly about how even though no one else believed the plant would grow – the little boy never gave up.  This kind of reminds me of my own planting experiences with the exception that most times, what I plant rarely ever grows but I don’t give up! I just keep on planting seeds anyway:)…

We read this book for a couple of days during circle time and did many different kinds of activities to extend the book into other content areas of our classroom.  For today’s blog hop, I thought I would share our handprint carrots we made. They are quite beautiful…

The children started by drawing around their hands and arms. We chose the word “carrot” as our new addition to the word wall and often times, we will illustrate our words from the wordwall through our art…

After tracing their hands in pencil, the children chose to retrace the pencil markings with permanent marker. I think all the children did this step but I can’t remember for sure…

Once the children finished tracing their hands and arm up to the elbow, they painted their tracings with orange and green paint…

The green paint was painted on the hand for the leaves of the carrot…

Then the children used the orange paint to paint the arm for the carrot…

Super simple handprint carrot but this process gave us another chance to review and print the word carrot and to extend our book into the art experience as well…

More about this book in my next post and in the linky below. If you are viewing this post by email – you will have to come to the blog to view the linky!

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Virtual Book Club for Kids “The Carrot Seed” Linky sponsored by Toddler Approved and Mommy and Me Book Club

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About the Author:

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. Kristina April 26, 2012 at 3:21 am - Reply

    What an awesome idea Deborah!! Their carrot handprints are gorgeous! I am like you and don’t plan to give up either… but nothing I plant ever grows! Hopefully the carrot seeds we planted on Monday will prove me wrong. So glad you are participating in this month’s book club!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      Haha – I have recently discovered that I can’t even get grass seed to grow!

  2. Debs - Learn with Play @ home April 26, 2012 at 7:02 am - Reply

    That is so cute! We’ve been growing a lot of plants lately and perhaps we could grow some carrots and then do this lovely activity. My daughter would love it… in fact she loves anything that includes her handprint! Never thought of doing it like a carrot! Thanks 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      Thank yof so much for stopping by Deb!

  3. Mrs. Erica Mack-Gant April 26, 2012 at 8:34 am - Reply

    As a new preschool teacher, and looking forward to starting my own home day care. I’m so bless to have came across your website ! Thank you for sharing the creatived ideas………..:)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      Oooh, starting your own home daycare!! Congratulations!

  4. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam April 26, 2012 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Deborah, even with this simple handprint activity you put so much thought into it. I love how you labeled it with the word “carrot.” And the kids practiced writing skills with tracing. Then got to get messy with paint! =) Can’t wait to see what other activities you did with the book.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you Rebecah! I appreciate you noticing all the fine details that go into a simple activity such as this. There is so much learning going on and so much “intentional teaching” going on but often times, it can be overlooked!

  5. [email protected] April 26, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I love this book – definitely a favorite of mine in this house.

  6. [email protected] April 26, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    These are way to cute! I love hand print art. Adorable!!

  7. Debbie Clement April 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Seriously LUV LUV LUV this. Every bit and morsel as the others have already pointed out. Sometimes simplicity is just plain brilliant, as in this example. AWESOME!!!


  8. Danielle April 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    These are beautiful! I can’t wait to try this with my little ones! Thanks for participating in our Virtual Book Club!

  9. Susan April 27, 2012 at 4:33 am - Reply

    This is so good. They must love this activity ! What age will this activity be appopriate ? I’m wondering if younger children can just stamp their hands for the leaves since tracing their hands will be difficult.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      I don’t see why they couldn’t!

  10. pinkoddy May 4, 2012 at 5:24 am - Reply

    What a really great idea. I did wonder how you got it so neatly as it looks like they painted their hands – very clever.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 4, 2012 at 8:43 am - Reply

      They did paint their own hands! The children traced them and painted them – they have had lots of painting practice this year.

  11. Pinkoddy May 4, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    I mean I thought they were hand prints.

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