After reading the story The Carrot Seed (or any other carrot book), invite students to count carrots with you. You can count to 5, to 10, and backwards as well.
Use the large carrots provided to count and model how to place the leaves on the carrots based on the number.
Invite students to participate putting the leaved on the carrots while modeling.
Once the carrots are completed, place them under the soil (folded brown paper).