St Patrick’s Day Fun

March 25, 2012 at 11:37 am (Uncategorized)

I meant to post this last weekend, but I’ve been busy with other stuff.

In our “study” of St Patrick’s Day, the kiddos got to explore rainbows, shamrocks, leprechauns, and the color green.

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The shamrocks (above) were a color mixing experiment. I put a squirt of blue and a squirt of yellow on each shamrock and gave each kiddo a paintbrush to see what would happen.

Of course, what is a rainbow without a pot of gold at the end?

This hat has made for a great game in our classroom. We read the book The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Nancy Cote.  Then we decided to build our own rainbow. I had cut strips of foam from each color of the rainbow and glued magnets to the back of them and put those in the hat. Then we went from top to bottom putting something of each color from our classroom into the hat and making each color “fly” out of the hat and onto the chalkboard. Probably the cheapest and most simple activity I could have imagined, but you wouldn’t believe how many times last week I heard “let’s build a rainbow!”

On Friday, the kids decorated small styrofoam cups like leprechaun hats. The plan was to do the shrinking hat trick, but I must have not done it right, because the cups didn’t form like they were supposed to (there’s a lesson in there somewhere about always testing out your activities before trying them with the kiddos I’m sure). Fortunately, I had planned to surprise them with the hats after nap time, so the kiddos weren’t exactly disappointed.  I think I made it work:

The kiddos woke up to this little bucket with some gold and a note inside. Here’s the note:

The kiddos had a blast hunting down the “gold” (rocks I had spray painted). As for the special snack,

Leprechaun floats: lime sherbet and Sprite. Once I got them to try it, most of them really liked it. As for the leprechaun pudding, I didn’t get pictures of it. But it was just vanilla pudding cups that I had buried 1 drop of green food coloring in. Once the kiddos started stirring, it turned green – which was a very exciting discovery for them, but once it was green, they weren’t interested in eating it.

I’m not Irish, but St Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for preschool – all that magic 🙂

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