Thursday, March 8, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Ideas!

St. Patrick's Day from last year, apparently I was feeling very festive and energetic!!
Here is Emma age 8 with Lucky the Leprechaun!!
Abby age 6!
Jesse age 4!
Have you ever tried to catch a leprechaun? If you have, I would love to hear all about - just leave me a comment!! My own kids shocked me with their creativity and each came up with their own Leprechaun trap!! Boy were they determined to catch this tricky fella!!

Jesse made a "movie theater" and put gold coins under the leprechaun's chair. He had a string attached to the box which would flip and capture!!
Here is Jesse demonstrating how it will work!!
Abby's idea was to make a "cozy bed with some books" She made miniature books out of paper and put lots of cotton balls for a soft bed. He could climb in the box with a ladder but hopefully not be able to climb back out!!!;0)
Emma set up a little house for the Leprechaun and put sticky tack on the chair. She just about caught him, because the next morning tiny green pants were stuck to her chair!!!:0)
This was our family Leprechaun trap! The idea here was that the Leprechaun would pick up the gold coin on top of the clothes pin. The clothes pin would then open up releasing the string attached to our cup disguised like a tree and voila he would get captured!! However, we had no such luck - maybe next year!!
Our Leprechaun was a mischievous and busy little guy. He pulled out all the rainbow and green toys and left us with a big mess!!!Sheesh!!
You will need to turn your head to see the shamrock!!
He left behind some gold coins, bead shamrocks, and rainbows in our water table!!
He also left a few notes with clues to where the children might find their own treasures!!
Ta Da!!! Treasure is found!!!!!
Next we had green pancakes and green milk for breakfast!!
Also some green apples and green eggs!!
We made our own leprechaun's out of toilet paper rolls!
Did a few colouring pages!!
And made this fun St. Patrick's Day decorations!! (again sorry about the sideways pic)
Lunch time was another version of a leprechaun with some gold chocolate to eat!! Yummy!

Along with lunch I made a fruit rainbow!!! Strawberries, oranges, pineapples, kiwi, blueberries, purple grapes, banana's for the gold at the end of a rainbow and mini marshmallows for the clouds!!!
Emma made a sign - "Cheer for St. Patrick's Day!"
After lunch all the kids made their very own books called "The Leprechaun's Walk"
Each page they get to write down where the leprechaun walks and draw a picture of it. They also added sticker to the book.
When everyone had finished making the books, they all took turns reading it to the group. I was so excited by how much work they each put into their books and they all did a Fantastic job sharing with everyone!!
Here is an example of a couple of the pages: (grr - sideways again)
For the three youngest kiddo's, I wrote the words they told me they wanted and then I let them draw and decorate the page!!

We also coloured mini leprechauns and glued them onto popsicle sticks so they could act out their books!! The kids were so proud of their work!!
For afternoon snack we had rainbow jello!!!! Very cool looking but wow did we ever have A LOT of jello left over!!!
We also had 'gold' fish crackers
and green cupcake from the store!!!
After snack we made these fun hats and enjoyed some outside time!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from my three munchkins!! Hope you have a lucky day!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Happy March!

The night before St. Patrick's Day the kids decorated a box and put it on the window sill (in the light of the moon) according to our directions to capture a leprechaun! The next morning they woke up and the box was missing, but a note was left behind so the treasure hunt began!! The silly leprechaun pulled out a lot of green toys and apparently had a green tea party!!
He even turned our water in the water table green!!
In the end they found the missing box which included some gold coins, stickers, rainbow skittles and a lucky penny for each of them!! They all had a blast!!
We had a breakfast of green pancake muffins AND...... eggs of course!!:0)
We made a few crafts, including this puppet leprechaun,
a shamrock at he end of a chain rainbow,
some sticker shamrocks,
and in the window, our marble painted shamrocks!!
Then we had a little fun with colours and made rainbow milk!!
For lunch who wouldn't want to eat this yummy leprechaun?!!!
Emma - age 7
Abby - age 5
Jesse - age 3
Happy Green St.Patrick's Day from Lucky the Leprechaun and our family!!