This is our last St. Patrick’s Day Mini Theme Post – we hope you have enjoyed some of the activities and will share them with your children in March. If you have missed the previous two posts, please look under the St. Patrick’s Day Category to find more activity suggestions.
St. Patrick’s Day Patterning - St Patricks Day Patterning
Materials needed: One Patterning file (linked above) for each child, scissors, and glue sticks.
Print the patterning file for each of your children. On the first page, the pattern is started for the children. The children should cut out the three pictures at the bottom of the first page and decide where it should be placed to complete the patterning boxes. Have the children glue the pictures into the appropriate boxes. Page two of the file has pictures and blank patterning boxes for the children to experiment and play with different or more complex patterns.
Tell the children they are going on a classroom (or house) color hunt for GREEN items. Give the children bags to collect their “treasures” in. Allow ample time for searching (assist younger children who may not know their colors) before calling the children back to the rug or carpet area. Have the children pick one or two items from their bags to share with the rest of the class. After sharing, have the children place all their items into a bucket or bin for observations and sensory explorations. *We set out different green counters, beads, blocks, etc. in the classroom for the children to find before our scavenger hunt started. After sharing and placing all the items on a tray, the children found that we had many duplicate items. They began designing patterns on their own!
Mini Pretzel Shamrock Pops
Melt the almond bark according to package directions. Add drops of green food coloring and stir until the desired color is reached. Dip the pretzels, one at a time, into the melted coating. The children can use craft sticks to turn the pretzels in the coating. Transfer the dipped pretzels to waxed paper. Arrange the pretzels to form a shamrock (slightly overlap so the melted bark will act as glue.) Dip one end of the lollipop stick into the melted bark and place in the center of the pretzels. Decorate with green sugar before the coating is dried. Allow the pops to set thoroughly before removing from the waxed paper.
We hope you have a blessed month of March!
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
~Traditional Irish Blessing