Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time For Tots: St. Patricks Day

I started to get some ideas ready for our Time for Tot's day, but then I realized next week is St. Patrick's day so we should do something for that. So we shifted gears and started celebrating the luck of the Irish.

I began by talking about why St. Patrick's day started; Lucas already knew about the wearing green to not get pinched thing, but I figured they should know some of the real history. We then started talking about some of the things that are associated with St. Patrick's day, clovers, rainbows, leprechauns; the kids colored pictures.Then they did a shamrock dot-to-dot. It used the small letters of the alphabet so was a bit tricky for each of them but they both got it done.

I had seen this rainbow-hand painting activity and thought it looked so cute. I wasn't sure how Lucas would like it, as it took him a good year to be convinced to put his hand print on the playroom wall at Mimi's house. But he agreed to do it.

Maybe their hands weren't curved enough and they definitely didn't stick the next color close enough... and well after three colors they were done, but hey it was worth a try.

The next activity was definitely their favorite. I printed out some shamrocks and then wrote a spot in our house on each one and then they had to follow the clues to find their "pot of gold"at the end of the rainbow-in our case candy in a Halloween basket. They had to sound out and read the words to know where to go next. I was amazed at how many letter sounds Alex knows. And Lucas stepped in and helped too of course.

We ended the day by learning and saying a cute number play/poem about clovers, which can be found here.

It is hard to get the right amount of fingers up.

Hope you have a great St. Patrick's day next week. More Time For Tot's days can be found here.

  • Leprechaun coloring picture found on Kaboose or here
  • Dot to Dot found or specifically here
  • Hand Painting Rainbow idea found on Kaboose or here
  • Shamrock poem we read found DLTK's Growing together or here


  1. What fun! You're such a good mama!

  2. That hand rainbow is a great idea!

  3. Looks like a lot of fun things. I was kind of wondering if you do all your activities in a row, or space them out during the day?

    Lucas' hair cut looks nice!

  4. We usually do them all in a row... on average we spend a little over a hour doing everything. There have been times where we have spread them out, but usually it is one thing after the next, so more of a school-move on to the next activity feel.

  5. You are off to a great homeschooling start! I always tried to make school fun for the young ones I homeschooled. They retained so much more when you made it fun like you do.

  6. Ryan would not do that. hahaha. none of the kids actually. But it looks like a lot of fun.

  7. You're my kind of mom...I was all about the crafts too and I loved making them themes!

  8. Emmy, so cute. I love the hand print rainbow idea - parents will love it too ;)

  9. oooh, I love the hand print rainbow idea! You've given me a great idea for how to spend my one day in 12 that I didn't have somewhere to be!
    Your kids are adorable.

  10. The rainbow picture would have been my favorite if I were there ;)

    I used to do a version of the Shamrock hunt when I taught kindergarten and the students were wild for it- super fun!

  11. Love those rainbows, that will make a nice keepsake.