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St. Patrick's Day โ˜˜๏ธ Inspired Learning Space, What is on our shelves, Activities roundup

Happy โ˜˜๏ธ 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 โ˜˜๏ธ 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 โ˜˜๏ธ Inspired Learning Space, as well as what is on our shelves. The links to all the activities you will find below. 


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 ๐ŸŒˆ rainbows from Montessori Color tablets (see below). Also, Adrian reproduced a ๐Ÿ€ Lucky Four-Leafed Clover pattern on a Montessori ๐Ÿ’ฏ  Hundred Board (see a link below). 
DSC_0054On the left: Recycled Toilet Paper Rollโ˜˜๏ธ Shamrock Person Craft (see below).  In the middle is our favorite at the moment My First Book ๐Ÿ“˜ of Baby ๐Ÿฅ Animals (read a post here). And we used Montessori Knobless Cylinders to make rainbows (see below).
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.


Below, I summarized activities by the curriculum areas.


IMG_5113See here Books ๐Ÿ“š we are reading for St. Patrick'sโ˜˜๏ธ Day.

Also, please check here my ๐Ÿ’–aStore๐Ÿ›  "Books๐Ÿ“š we love โค๏ธ reading ๐Ÿ“–" under sub-category St. Patrick's Dayโ˜˜๏ธ Books ๐Ÿ“š.


DSC_0038Read here St. Patrick's Day ๐Ÿ’š Inspired:โ˜˜๏ธ Shamrock Pipe Cleaners & Beads Craft.


IMG_5123Read here "How NOT to Catch a Leprechaun" with St. Patrick'sโ˜˜๏ธ Glittery Play Dough & ๐Ÿ”ค Alphabet Beaded Pipe-cleaner ๐ŸŒˆ 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 ๐Ÿ€ four-leafed clover. 

IMG_5153 2See here a post St. Patrick's Dayโ˜˜๏ธ Inspired - ๐ŸŒˆ 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. 


IMG_5116 2Read here St. Patrick's Dayโ˜˜๏ธ Inspired Four-Leafed Lucky Clover ๐Ÿ€Montessori ๐Ÿ’ฏ  Hundred Board. 


DSC_0033Read here how we made these "cute" Recycled Toilet Paper Rollโ˜˜๏ธ Shamrock People.

IMG_5175See here St. Patrick's Day Inspired Laminatedโ˜˜๏ธ Shamrock Puppet Craft.

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

Happy โ˜˜๏ธ St. Patrick's Day!

And, by the way, a Leprechaun ended up visiting us for a quick bite after all. Children were super ๐Ÿ˜œ excited to see that he ate all the nuts we left out for him and drank some of his favorite โค๏ธ๏ธdandelion ๐Ÿตtea, though spilling most of it. He also left gold dusted foot prints ๐Ÿ‘ฃ all over and two golden coins. We did not catch him on camera though ๐Ÿ˜ฌ- leprechauns are quick, shrewd and camera-shyโŒ๐Ÿ“ธ. 




Have you been ๐Ÿ€ lucky catching a Leprechaun? 

St. Patrick's Day Inspired Recycled Toilet Paper Roll โ˜˜๏ธ Shamrock Person

Happyโ˜˜๏ธ St. Patrick's Day!

Have you been trying to catch a Leprechaun? Were you successful at all? Have any of your perfect traps worked? A legend says that you can catch a Leprechaun only if you have ๐Ÿ€a four-leafed clover!  Do you know the difference between a shamrock and a clover?

  • โ˜˜๏ธ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 โ€˜Seamrogโ€™ meaning little clover or young clover. The plant never flowers, and if planted outside of Ireland it will wither and die. Usually, shamrock has three leaves, which stand for  faith, hope and love. The shamrock is associated with Ireland because Saint Patrick, Irelandโ€™s patron saint, have used the plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity of the father, the son and the holy spirit. 
  • ๐Ÿ€ The four-leafed clover or โ€œlucky cloverโ€ is very difficult to find since it is an uncommon variation of the three-leafed clover. A four-leaf clover is meant to represent Godโ€™s Grace and is considered to be a symbol of good luck. Have you been lucky?

Today, we enjoyed making "cute" shamrock persons from recycled toilet paper rolls, green ribbons and cut out shamrock templates. We are using a common โ˜˜๏ธ 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 make friends with him.

DSC_0033  On a tray: recycled toilet paper rolls, green ribbons, cut out shamrocks & wiggle googly eyes (buy here).

DSC_0033Scotch tape adhered to the back of the googly eye holds it in place.  


We also used pipe-cleaners and one green bead at the end to make person's hands. 

DSC_0033We did similar craft here  "Shamrockโ˜˜๏ธ Pipe Cleaners & Beads Craft".

DSC_0033Adrian insisted that his person has a blue mouth. We used a piece of a pipe-cleaner & again, the scotch tape did the trick:) 

DSC_0033"They are so cute!" Adrian kept saying.


Happy โ˜˜๏ธ St. Patrick's Day! I hope you are enjoying the day with your family, while wearing๐Ÿ’š green, eating ๐Ÿ green foods and making ๐ŸŽจ crafts and ๐ŸŒˆ rainbows! Please, let me know if you ended up catching a Leprechaun! (Don't tell me where his๐Ÿ’ฐgold is :)

St. Patrick's Day โ˜˜๏ธ Inspired - ๐ŸŒˆ Rainbows from Montessori Color Boxes (Color tablets) & 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 ๐Ÿ’ฐ gold at the end of the ๐ŸŒˆ rainbow. So, today, we are making rainbows from Montessori color tablets and knobless cylinders. Adrian had put together all the rainbows, referencing Julia's ๐ŸŽจ rainbow-chart.

DSC_0152Read here a detailed post about Montessori Color Box 1, 2 & 3.

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_0152Have you been doing ๐ŸŒˆ rainbows for St. Patrick's Dayโ˜˜๏ธ with your child? Would love to hear your ideas. 

How NOT to Catch a Leprechaun (with St. Patrick's โ˜˜๏ธ Glittery Play Dough & ๐Ÿ”ค Alphabet Beaded Pipe-cleaner ๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow)

Children decided that this year they are not setting up a trap for Leprechauns, but rather they wanted to created a peaceful 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. I agreed, and we went straight to work. Ironically, a Leprechaun ended up visiting us anyway - I guess he loved โค๏ธ๏ธ what we have created for him ...


We started by making St. Patrick's Day Glittery Play Dough, in which we were hoping to track Leprechaun's foot steps. How to make:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  •  1/2 cup of salt
  • green food coloring
  • green glitter
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Have you child enjoy the sensory play! 


Adrian then made a ๐ŸŒˆ rainbow from colored pipe cleaners, and he also threaded one pipe-cleaner with Alphabet letters.

DSC_0090First, a child would make a knot, so that the letter-beads would not fall off once threaded. (We did similar ๐Ÿ€ craft here.)
DSC_0090Then, let the child "write" a message. 
DSC_0090Adrian wrote: "Adrian โค๏ธ๏ธLoveโค๏ธ๏ธ Julia."

DSC_0125Glittery play dough was perfect to track those little foot steps :) 



DSC_0104"Thanks๐Ÿ’š for stopping by, and rest assured, little Leprechaun, that your gold is safe at the end of the ๐ŸŒˆ rainbow!"

St. Patrick's Dayโ˜˜๏ธ Inspired Four-Leafed Lucky Clover ๐Ÿ€ on a Montessori ๐Ÿ’ฏ Hundred Board

Today, while stranded home by another unexpected snow storm๐ŸŒฌ๐ŸŒจ (we usually do not get snow in March), we are making a ๐Ÿ€ lucky four-leafed clover pattern on a Montessori ๐Ÿ’ฏ Hundred Board (buy here). First, I created a ๐Ÿ€ "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. 


Before reproducing the pattern, you would invite your child to fill the board with square wooden numbers sequentially from 1 - 100. Montessori ๐Ÿ’ฏ 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. 


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. 

 What St. Patrick's โ˜˜๏ธDay inspired activities do you enjoy with your child?

Read here Valentine's inspired - โค๏ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ’— Heart ๐Ÿ’ฏ 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).