Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shamrock Fun, St. Patrick's Day Countdown Day 3

shamrock ideas for kids, st. patrick's days ideas via Little Wonders' Days
We had another fun day playing with Shamrocks!   We read the book Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting.  It about a rabbit that grows a pot of shamrocks only to find it missing one day.  He eventually finds it at goats house just in time to keep them from being eaten.  Instead, rabbit invites goat to join him at the St. Patrick's Day parade.

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Shamrock Shakes
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We had green shamrock shakes for dessert.  The kids loved the green cherries.  More on this later.

Shamrock Treasure Hunt
shamrock treasure hunt
I loved this activity, so did they.  I hid green Easter eggs filled with either Hersey Kisses or Chuck E. Cheese gold coins  around the house along with a clue.  There were simple clues for the younger ones and a little trickier ones for Little J. 
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Literacy and Math
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Juiciness and Sassyfras know the sounds of the letters and are working to identify beginning sounds.  I thought for today though, I'd see how they would do with a consonant blend of "Sh".  I put "S" on some shamrocks and "Sh" on others.  I simply asked them to pick them up and say the sound it made.  They went a step further and sorted them too.
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I cut a bunch of 3 and 4 leaf clovers.  I had them count the leaves and say the number. 
Little J went on a four leaf clover hunt in the front yard.  He was back in about two minutes with one!  We're pressing it in some books right now.

Art
Using the top of a pepper and some green paint the little ones made a shamrock print.
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shamrock craft for kids

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Little J made fingerprint shamrocks. I saw this idea in a Mailbox Magazine a few years back. However, we made it into a 4 leaf clover hunt...can you find them?
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Teachers' Presents
You know I can't leave our wonderful teachers out of our St. Patrick's Day fun!  We used the salt dough I made a bit back to make shamrock pins.  I refrigerated it and it seems to be fine.  If you go to this post, you can print the "Lucky" card.

st. patrick's day teacher's gift


To see the full countdown, go here.

6 comments :

Wonder Mom said...

Goodness gracious- y'all are all about St. Patty's Day in your house! LOVE IT!

Phyllis said...

Lots and lots of fun activities!

RedTedArt said...

Oh my word it is Shamrocks Galore at your house!!! So many shamrock related activitis! Brilliant. The pepper really is the best of all! How clever. And the fingerprints are the cutest!

Thank you for linking up :-)

Maggy

Christy said...

Wow, you did so many great activities!

Raising a Happy Child said...

I love the pepper print too! How awesome that little J found a four leaf clover. He is certainly a lucky one to be growing up in your house :)

Deb Chitwood said...

You have so many amazing St. Patrick's Day activities already, Kelly! I just featured your Shamrock Treasure Hunt photo and St. Patrick's Day posts in my Montessori-Inspired St. Patrick's Day Activities at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/03/05/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-st-patricks-day-activities/