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St. Patrick's Day ☘️ Inspired Learning Space, What is on our shelves, Activities roundup

Happy ☘️ St. Patrick's Day!

Children have been so excitedly anticipating the holiday, and here it is. We learned that on St. Patrick's Day many people give cards or flowers to their family and friends. People also make cookies, cakes and other goodies to share with others. Some people wear green carnations or pin shamrocks to their clothing to celebrate the holiday. People dance Irish jigs and play games. Pipers and fiddlers play Irish tunes. There are green hats everywhere, people are wearing green costumes, green banners are hung on windows ... there is a lot of green - everywhere! People also decorate their houses with shamrocks, a plant with three leaves, looking like a clover. Shamrock ☘️ is a symbol of Saint Patrick as well as of Ireland. 

 We also read few legends about St. Patrick:

  • St. Patrick and the Poison: some people say that a wizard tried to kill St. Patrick by putting poison in his drink. St. Patrick quickly turned it into ice and tossed it from the cup.
  • St. Patrick & his Cloak: it is said that St. Patrick had a friend who borrowed St. Patrick's cloak. This friend was miraculously saved from the fire, without being hurt, by wearing St. Patrick's cloak. 
  • St. Patrick & a Shamrock: St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain to people about the Holy Trinity -  one God in three divine beings: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Growing at his feet was a shamrock, so he used this plant to explain three in one, one stem with three leaves. 
  • St. Patrick & the Fish: each year, on March 17th, fish rise from the sea. They pass before St. Patrick's alter in Ireland and then disappear back into the sea. 
  • St. Patrick & the Sunset: it is said that the sun did not set when St. Patrick died and that is shone in the sky for 12 days and nights.

Below I will show you a sneak peak into our St. Patrick's Day ☘️ Inspired Learning Space, as well as what is on our shelves. The links to all the activities you will find below. 

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DSC_0054Here, we have been using St. Patrick's Day symbols instead of spindles for a Traditional Montessori Math Activity "Spindle Box" (read here).  We made 🌈 rainbows from Montessori Color tablets (see below). Also, Adrian reproduced a 🍀 Lucky Four-Leafed Clover pattern on a Montessori 💯  Hundred Board (see a link below). 
DSC_0054On the left: Recycled Toilet Paper Roll☘️ Shamrock Person Craft (see below).  In the middle is our favorite at the moment My First Book 📘 of Baby 🐥 Animals (read a post here). And we used Montessori Knobless Cylinders to make rainbows (see below).
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DSC_0054Children love pipe-cleaners beading activities! (See below). We also used golden coins as counters while learning numbers. (Adrian would "trace" each number with a green dot sticker first.) See a similar activity with counters here.
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Below, I summarized activities by the curriculum areas.

 LANGUAGE

IMG_5113See here Books 📚 we are reading for St. Patrick's☘️ Day.

Also, please check here my 💖aStore🛍  "Books📚 we love ❤️ reading 📖" under sub-category St. Patrick's Day☘️ Books 📚.


PRACTICAL LIFE 

DSC_0038Read here St. Patrick's Day 💚 Inspired:☘️ Shamrock Pipe Cleaners & Beads Craft.


 SENSORIAL 

IMG_5123Read here "How NOT to Catch a Leprechaun" with St. Patrick's☘️ Glittery Play Dough & 🔤 Alphabet Beaded Pipe-cleaner 🌈 Rainbow.

Leprechauns are imaginary figures from Irish folklore, the size of a thumb, mischievous but hard-working, earning their gold by making shoes for fairies. Leprechauns like nuts and dandelion tea. They live long lives - 200 years is not even considered of age. And, you can only catch a Leprechaun if you happen to have in a possession a very hard to find 🍀 four-leafed clover. 

IMG_5153 2See here a post St. Patrick's Day☘️ Inspired - 🌈 Rainbows from Montessori Color Boxes (Color tablets) & Knobless Cylinders.

It is said that Leprechauns hide their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 


MATH

IMG_5116 2Read here St. Patrick's Day☘️ Inspired Four-Leafed Lucky Clover 🍀Montessori 💯  Hundred Board. 


 ARTs/CRAFTs

DSC_0033Read here how we made these "cute" Recycled Toilet Paper Roll☘️ Shamrock People.
 

IMG_5175See here St. Patrick's Day Inspired Laminated☘️ Shamrock Puppet Craft.

I would love to know which activity was your favorite during this holiday!

Happy ☘️ St. Patrick's Day!

And, by the way, a Leprechaun ended up visiting us for a quick bite after all. Children were super 😜 excited to see that he ate all the nuts we left out for him and drank some of his favorite ❤️️dandelion 🍵tea, though spilling most of it. He also left gold dusted foot prints 👣 all over and two golden coins. We did not catch him on camera though 😬- leprechauns are quick, shrewd and camera-shy❌📸. 

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Have you been 🍀 lucky catching a Leprechaun? 

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☘️Shamrock ✂️DIY ♻️Recycled 🚽Toilet Paper Roll 💚Craft

Are you excitedly anticipating☘️ St. Patrick's Day? Will you be trying to catch a Leprechaun? Do you think any of your perfect traps would work? Well, a legend says that you can catch a Leprechaun only if you have 🍀a four-leafed clover! Do you know the difference between a shamrock and a clover?

  • ☘️A shamrock (a symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick's Day) is a young spring of white clover that grows during winter in Ireland. The word shamrock comes from the Irish word ‘Seamrog’ meaning little clover or young clover. The plant never flowers, and if planted outside of Ireland it will wither and die. Usually, the shamrock has three leaves, which stand for faith, hope, and love. The shamrock is associated with Ireland because Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, have used the plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity of the father, the son and the holy spirit. 
  • 🍀 The four-leafed clover or “lucky clover” is very difficult to find since it is an uncommon variation of the three-leafed clover. A four-leaf clover is meant to represent God’s Grace and is considered to be a symbol of good luck. Have you been lucky?

Today, we enjoyed making ☘️Shamrock Persons ✂️DIY  💚Craft from recycled toilet paper rolls, green ribbons and cut out shamrock templates. We are using a common ☘️ three-leaf shamrock (not the lucky four-leafed clover) since children decided that this year they do not wish to catch a Leprechaun, but rather they are hoping to become friends with him.

DSC_0033   You will need ♻️ toilet paper rolls, green ribbon, shamrock cut outs & googly eyes.

DSC_0033Self-adhesive eyes are easy to peel and stick.  

DSC_0033 Green pipe-cleaners and one green bead at the end will become hands. 

DSC_0033Adrian did a similar craft here  "Shamrock☘️ Pipe Cleaners & Beads Craft".

DSC_0033Blue & pink pipe cleaners become Shamrocks'👦🏼👧🏻 mouths.

DSC_0033Meet our ☘️Shamrock✂️DIY♻️Recycled 🚽Toilet Paper Roll👧🏻👦🏼Persons.

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What will you be doing on ☘️ St. Patrick's Day? I hope you will be enjoying the day with your family, while wearing 💚 green, eating 🍏 green foods and making 🎨GREEN crafts and 🌈 rainbows! Please, let me know if you end up catching a Leprechaun! (Don't tell me where his💰pot of gold is though :)


For more on St. Patricks Day inspired hands-on fun, see here ☘️St. Patrick's Day Kids Activities.

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St. Patrick's Day ☘️Inspired 🌈 Rainbows from Montessori Color Boxes & Knobless Cylinders

It is believed that Leprechauns, mischievous and canny, and at the same time hard-working and honest (Leprechaun always keeps his word), hide their pot of 💰 gold at the end of the 🌈 rainbow. So, today, we are making rainbows from Montessori color tablets and knobless cylinders. Adrian had put together all the rainbows, referencing Julia's 🎨 rainbow-chart.

DSC_0152Read here a detailed post about Montessori Color Box 1, 2 & 3.
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We are also using Knobless Cylinders (read an introductory post here about this Montessori Sensorial Activity) and read here about Christmas inspired Knobless Cylinders.
DSC_0152Buy Knobless Cylinders here
DSC_0152Buy Montessori Color Boxes (Tablets) here. 

DSC_0152Have you been doing 🌈 rainbows for St. Patrick's Day☘️ with your child? 

For more St. Patrick's hands-on fun, see here ☘️St Patrick's Day Kids Activities.

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🍀Leprechaun Land •Glittery Play Dough • 🙌🏻Fine Motor 🔤Alphabet Beaded Pipe-Cleaner 🌈Rainbow

Are you as excited in anticipation of 🍀St. Patricks' Day as we are? Well, this year, children have decided that they will not be setting up a trap for Leprechauns, but rather they want to create a peaceful and inviting atmosphere. "He earned his gold by working hard making shoes for fairies, so why should we catch him to take from him what is rightfully his?"  they said. So, with Daddy's help, children made a Leprechaun village using all natural materials and treasures we have found during our nature walks like moss, stone, glass, and bark. 

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We also made St. Patrick's glittery play dough, in which we are hoping to track Leprechaun's footsteps. What you will need:

  • 1 cup of flour,
  • 1 cup of water,
  •  1/2 cup of salt,
  • green food coloring,
  • green glitter.
     
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Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir well and cook over medium heat until dough forms into a ball, which will happen very quickly,  so watch out ( I would say a minute or so.) Remove from heat and allow to cool down. If you would like a no-cook recipe, see here how we made No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough.

DSC_0081Have your child enjoy the sensory play! 

Knead, squish, smash, twist, pull! As your child manipulates and molds playdough, they are doing much more than just having fun. Just the basic act of playing with playdough builds those little hand's muscles, developing gross motor control. Playdough is about exploring using the tactile sensory system: from textures to consistencies, playdough is all about hands-on exploration!DSC_0090After Adrian made a 🌈rainbow from colored pipe cleaners, he also threaded one pipe-cleaner with alphabet letters. To make sure that beads do not fall off once threaded, make a knot first. (We made a similar 🍀 craft here ☘️Shamrock Pipe Cleaner Beads Fine Motor Craft.)


DSC_0090Invite your child to "write" a message while exercising fine motor skills and spelling.
DSC_0090Adrian wrote: "Adrian ❤️️Love❤️️ Julia."

DSC_0125Glittery playdough was perfect to track those little footsteps. 

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This Small World invitation to create and play, besides spurring creativity, also triggers imaginative skills allowing a child to express thoughts and experiences commonly dealt with through play. Small world is a very important part of child's play, promoting many areas of child's development, such as affording an opportunity to build language skills, expanding vocabulary during role play, advancing problem-solving skills and instilling independence as the child "creates" the small world set up. 

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When children engage in the small world play, they act out roles and scenarios many of which they have experienced firsthand by observing family members or friends. These play scenarios provide opportunities for children to imitate everyday life and cultural background and learn more about the world around them. By setting up a forest fairytale small world play, for example, you can discuss the real forest: its ecosystem, as well as what type of animals reside in a particular area and how is everything interconnected.

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A little information about Leprechauns we learned from books we have been reading (more on 📚books  we are reading for St. Patrick's☘️ Day here):

Leprechauns are miniature magical creatures originated from Irish folklore. As big as a thumb, they are remembered on St. Patrick's Day, and Old Irish word Luchorpan means wee one.  Mischievous but hard-working, Leprechauns earn their gold by making shoes for fairies. They live long lives: 200 years is not even considered of age, and they like nuts and dandelion tea. You can only catch a Leprechaun if you happen to have in a possession a very hard to find four-leafed clover. And if you are lucky enough to ever catch a Leprechaun, he will grant you three wishes or might even pay you for his freedom with a pot of gold hidden behind the rainbow. 

DSC_0104"Thanks for stopping by, little Leprechaun! We hope your gold is safe at the end of the 🌈 rainbow!"

Are you excitedly anticipating☘️ St. Patrick's Day? Will you be trying to catch a Leprechaun? Do you think any of your perfect traps would work? Well, a legend says that you can catch a Leprechaun only if you have 🍀a four-leafed clover! Do you know the difference between a shamrock and a clover?

  • ☘️A shamrock (a symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick's Day) is a young spring of white clover that grows during winter in Ireland. The word shamrock comes from the Irish word ‘Seamrog’ meaning little clover or young clover. The plant never flowers, and if planted outside of Ireland it will wither and die. Usually, the shamrock has three leaves, which stand for faith, hope, and love. The shamrock is associated with Ireland because Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, have used the plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity of the father, the son and the holy spirit. 
  • 🍀 The four-leafed clover or “lucky clover” is very difficult to find since it is an uncommon variation of the three-leafed clover. A four-leaf clover is meant to represent God’s Grace and is considered to be a symbol of good luck. Have you been lucky?

For more on St. Patrick's day hands-on fun, see here ☘️St. Patrick's Day Kids Activities.

p.s I wrote in details about benefits of Small World and Pretend Play here in a post "🍂Fall-Inspired SMALL WORLD PLAY ♻️ Green Doll 🏡 House."

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St. Patrick's Day☘️ Inspired Four-Leafed Lucky Clover 🍀 on a Montessori 💯 Hundred Board

Today, while stranded home by another unexpected snow storm🌬🌨 (we usually do not get snow in March), we are making a 🍀 lucky four-leafed clover pattern on a Montessori 💯 Hundred Board (buy here). First, I created a 🍀 "four-leafed clover" design on a control chart using foam stickers which I made with this paper-puncher, and then invited Adrian to reproduce the pattern on the Hundred Board itself. 

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Before reproducing the pattern, you would invite your child to fill the board with square wooden numbers sequentially from 1 - 100. Montessori 💯 Hundred Board is a traditional math material in a Montessori curriculum, meant to teach numbers 11-99. It consists of a blank board and wooden numbers from 1- 100. The objective is memorization, and an understanding of numbers and their sequence. Also, this material trains the child to work from left to right, top to bottom; while teaching counting and skip counting, number recognition, number sequencing, patterning and much more. An older child might reproduce the order from memory, while a younger one can be offered a control chart for references. 

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This activity promotes concentration and fine-motor skills, as Adrian had to be precise while placing lucky clover-stickers on wooden number squares. Also, during the process of having to find the number on the board to cover it with a sticker, skills such as number recognition and placement, memorization and sequencing are being reinforced. 
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 What St. Patrick's ☘️Day inspired activities do you enjoy with your child?

Read here Valentine's inspired - ❤️️💗 Heart 💯 Hundred Board (Adrian at 39 months).

p.s. The Hundred Board is generally introduced after a child had mastered Numbers Rods, Sandpaper Numbers, Spindle Boxes, Teen Board and Tens' board. Read about how to present The Hundred Board in this post (Montessori Hundred Board at 36 months).

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