The first “Ideas” post.
St Patrick’s Day:
1) St Patricks Day: Changed a bit from being a Religious Holiday and a day of abstention. Now it is about a big party and everything green. Possibly difficult to talk to Pre-school age children about the history but here is a glimpse from www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick’s_Day
To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world
- To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity
- To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations.
- To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal.
Activity 1: Grow some Shamrock (Clover). Science.
Usually considered a weed the clover is hard done by. The seeds are available at garden stores, Home depot and the like. (You can grow it rather like cress seeds.) a great opportunity to discuss all sorts of things, roots to shoots, leaves, stems, flowers and seeds. Make your terminology cards and labels and you are away.
1) Give each Child a small pot to grow their own, and they can nurture it themselves.
2) Make it a science project, grow a few pots in a dark box and a few in the light and record what happens with your class. A great opportunity to discuss photosynthesis.
Once you have success in growing your “shamrock” you can EAT it. It is very nutritious high in protein, vitamins and minerals; maybe that is why bunnies love it so much!! It is delicious in Salads, in a sandwich (like cress) and you can soak the flowers in hot water and make tea. Yes, you can eat the flower too.
It is also a pretty plant to watch grow.
If you do not have success growing or do not have enough time, you can find clover just about any where growing wild. Foraging for “wild food” is a fun activity too.
Activity 2 : Art and Craft.
1) On folded card make a clover with the insets for design, (perhaps the quadrefoil or over lapping circles) trace the shape with a wide green marker, cut it out and cover it in glue and green glitter (yes, every class has to go there at some point) green rice, green stickers, green lines. (pencil control)
Do various stages of preparation depending on your age range, some children like to make them from start to finish whereas others can only getting the gluing and sticking done.
This incorporates many different skills.
Activity 3: Math
The recipe is 2 cups of flour, I cup of salt, I cup of water with a table spoon of oil thrown in, drops of coloring, in this case green. You need a lot of salt to prevent it being eaten! These measurements make quite a lot so break it down to spoons for individual amounts. Alternatively, you can make this amount together and then divide it.
Involves counting and measuring different amounts, consistency, volume, area, division and addition, even weight of the finished product, in a very practical fun activity.
Not to mention all the Practical Life and Sensorial benefits.
Activity 4: Culture
What Language do they speak there? Could we talk to the Irish?
What do the Irish eat and drink? Would we like it?
Can we learn an Irish song and the dance the Irish Jig?
Let’s read some stories about Leprechauns and Fairies. A wonderful book is Mr. Quink’s Garden by Enid Blyton.
I am sure you have many wonderful ideas too, I welcome you to reply here and if you liked the post please share.