Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day as a Family

Saint Patrick’s Day is a chance for the world to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Whether you're Irish or not, Saint Patrick’s Day is a wonderful excuse to make some crafts, cook up an Irish recipe with your parents, or learn Irish history.

So take some time this week and plan a fun activity to involve your entire family.  Below are some of our favorite ideas.  

Patrick’s Day? The color green, of course! Green shamrocks, green punch, green sprinkles on cookies, green everything! This color game will not only reinforce your child’s recognition of things that are green, but also gives her reading and listening skills a work out.

What You Need:
  • Green construction paper
  • Heart shaped craft punch
  • Glue
  • Jumbo index or flash cards, approximately 4” x 6"
  • Black marker
What to Do:
  1. Use the heart punch to make 80 hearts from the green construction paper. You will make 20 cards, each with a shamrock that is comprised of four hearts.
  2. On 20 of the green hearts, write the name of an object that is widely known as green, such as grass, pickle, or tree.
  3. On 60 of the green hearts, write the name of an object that is not typically green, such as cloud, mailbox, or dog.
  4. Each card will have four hearts on it; one with a green object written on it and three with non-green objects on it. Glue all of the hearts onto the index cards in a shamrock shape.
  5. Challenge your child to see if she can identify the color of each object, just by seeing and hearing the word.
  6. Point to the number at the top of each card and explain that there are either one, two, or three out of the four objects that are green and that she is to guess which ones they are. Rotate the card in a circular pattern as you read each word out loud, to make it easier for your child to read them.
  7. If she can’t remember all four objects, make sure to repeat them for her before she ventures a guess.

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