We created our own seashell garden based on My Garden by Kevin Henkes. In My Garden, while helping her mother in the garden, a little girl imagines magical possibilities for her own garden. These include a jellybean bush, glowing strawberry lanterns, and seashell plants. At the end, the little girl buries a seashell, using her foot to pat it into the ground. The book closes with an illustration of that shell growing roots in the ground.
The final image of the book really captured my 4 year old’s imagination. He went on many seashell walks this summer, and asked if he could bury his own shell in the garden. We got out gardening supplies – a trowel, gardening gloves, extra shells, and a watering can.
We cleared a patch in the garden, and my son dug several holes and planted shells, making sure to pat them into the earth with his foot. Next we put our remaining shells into the garden, as a decoration (perhaps until our own seashell plant grows?). We finished with watering our “garden” with the watering can.
(My Garden is one of many Kevin Henkes books we checked out in preparation for this month’s Virtual Book Club, which we posted about on Monday.)