MU Extension MU Extension       University of Missouri    ●    Columbia    ●    Kansas City       Missouri S&T     ●    St. Louis

Books and Bites


Food Related Books and Activities
(Originally produced in cooperation with the Summer Library Reading Program)


Fizz Boom Legumes

It’s Alive Biological Science

Book: How Groundhog’s Garden Grew
Author: Lynn Cherry
Publisher: Blue Sky Press
ISBN-13: 978-0439323710
Age Level: 4 to 8 years
Little Groundhog learns how to plant and tend to his own food garden.

Activity Supplies:
Groundhog's Garden Activity Example Doing the Folder Garden Activity:
  1. After reading the How Groundhog’s Garden Grew give each child a manila folder
  2. Have children take vegetables out of the envelope and put them face up in front of themselves (pictures showing).
  3. Hold up 1 food model card vegetable at a time and ask children what vegetable it is. With the food cards and with the new vegetable cards you will have plenty of vegetables for this lesson. You do not need to do all of them; children may become bored if you do.
  4. As you show the food model card explain to children this is the part of the vegetable that we eat.
  5. Hold up the smaller card that you/child cut that belongs with the vegetable model card and have children place it into the vegetable crop where it belongs: root, leaf, seed, stem, and vegetable/fruit.
  6. Do this for as many vegetables as time permits (remember small children may become bored easily).Cooked vegetable food model cards


Books and Bites Home



University of Missouri logo links to

Site Administrator:
Copyright  ADA  Equal Opportunity

MissouriFamilies is produced by the College of Human Environmental Sciences,
Extension Division, University of Missouri

Last update: Wednesday, December 07, 2016