Saturday, March 2, 2013

St. Patrick's Days of Old

St.Patrick's Days of Old

Did you like my clever title ? These pictures are from last year's St.Patrick's Day album. I am planning on adding to it this year but I know some of you might like to have some ideas earlier.

The great thing about this cutting activity is that what's left can be added to your sensory tray.
When you are working on your child mastering cutting skills don't limit yourself to just paper.

 Scooping is a fun activity for toddlers. Make it interesting by matching the colours to your theme. Then your activities will all tie in together.

 Here's a pre-writing activity for your young child. Have him copy letters, lines or shapes into a tray 
or plate of coloured sand , again to match your theme.

If you prefer a more colourful theme for St. Patrick's Day there are so many other ways to include colours in your unit. Here's a homemade xylophone your kids can have making their own music with. I used the leftover water to make coloured ice cubes.

You know the saying "A man's heart is through his stomach"? Well, I have five boys and a husband I can tell you they sure do appreciate it when there's food involved with the units ! Last year I made this rainbow cake for the family. You can make it as high with as many colours as you like ! Just make up some white cake and separate the batter into batches. Use food dye to add colour and bake them separately. When they cool, put some white frosting in between the layers and then finish the job !

I hope that gets your creativity off to a good start ! Come back in a bit to see what we do this year !

Here's some of our activities from this year ! 

Great for sorting and counting !

Lots of texture !

Here's a simple twist on playing with playdoh. Adding some coins for good luck ! 

Playing with textures

A math activity for all the kids. My 2 & 4 year olds learned to sort the shapes.
My 6 year old learned to read and record information on graphs.
And my 9 & 11 year olds used the information to answer questions and plot the information on different types of graphs.

Sorting the information

A math activity with a tasty ending !

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