Happy early St. Patrick's Day! Here are a few fun activities from our week so far...
A lucky snack! The pot in the middle is full of yellow jello - GOLD - surrounded by a rainbow of fruit (think pot of gold at the end of the rainbow). The muffin cups are filled with "clouds" of greek yogurt and shredded coconut. No, Miss A did not eat all of this herself - this was a huge snack for sharing with little brother and Mommy.
Hide the Leprechaun Activity: print a picture of a leprechaun, buy some stickers or use some shamrock cut outs, roll two dice, add the numbers together and add that many stickers to the leprechaun. The goal is to help the leprechaun by eventually "hiding" him under the shamrock stickers. For younger kids, just roll one die and add that many stickers to "hide" the leprechaun - for older kids, use two dice and multiply, etc.
We've been practicing the numbers 1-100 in school this year so I wrote some of these numbers on slips of paper. I purchased some pretend gold coins and piled them on the table. Miss A and I pretended to be leprechauns and the goal was to see who was the luckiest leprechaun.
We each took turns drawing a number - the one with the largest number won a gold coin. At the end of the game, we compared our gold stashes and the one with the most was the luckiest leprechaun! But the fun didn't end there. The luckiest leprechaun then had to jump up and do a little leprechaun dance! :)
This activity was based on a short story I wrote for Miss A titled: Magical Shamrocks! The basic idea of the story was that Miss A overheard two leprechauns talking about magical shamrocks. When gold was placed inside the leaves of a magical shamrock and the shamrock was closed, one would find the gold had doubled when the shamrock was opened back up.
After we read the short story, my daughter took some yellow paint and a cotton swab and put dots of yellow inside one half of each of the paper shamrocks I had given her. We then closed each "magical" shamrock briefly and when we opened each one again - we found that the "gold" had indeed doubled! Then she wrote number sentences corresponding to each magical shamrock.
NOTE: You may want to put a limit on how many "gold coins" your younger child can add to the shamrock if you are wanting him/her to be able to count the final results well or make simple number sentences, etc.
I had seen this idea on Pinterest before - a writing activity asking children what they would do if they found a pot of gold. I just added a leprechaun to the mix because chances are that is how you would find said pot of gold on St. Patrick's Day, right? :)
This was a rhyming rainbow Miss A made. I had seen the idea before using math facts, and thought this twist would be fun too!
I wrote some words on a large sheet of white paper in rainbow band arcs. Then I wrote a word that rhymed with each on pieces of colored paper. Miss A had to match the words up and glue the colored word on top of the word it rhymed with. Thus - a rhyming rainbow!
More fun with shamrocks! Miss A would pick a shamrock, turn it over, and then had to come up with a number sentence that would equal the number on the shamrock. THEN, if the shamrock happened to be a glittery one (she loved those the best), she had to write the number word next to the number sentence as well.
Of course we have had some visits from our house leprechaun, doling out plenty of green mischief this week! We've been victims of the traditional turn-the-milk-green caper and the not-so-traditional trick of putting green grapes in the bottoms of socks and leaving stickers (very lightly so they could be easily shaken off) stuck to our dog!
My daughter has been thinking of a way to trap the little fellow so stay tuned - come Saturday morning, we hope to be the proud recipients of a pot of gold! :)
And should you need to leave a few books out for your own little house leprechauns to read (might keep them from mischief if they have a good book in hand to distract), here are a few that graced our shelves this week:
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