Tot School St. Patrick's Day

So it's been snowing all day here, but we're still thinking spring thoughts! This week we were on green and rainbow overload celebrating with some St. Patrick's Day fun!

So here were our plans for the St. Patrick's Day theme:

And here is what we actually did:
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Our favorite books this week were:
St. Patrick’s Day by Anne Rockwell
Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting
The Luckiest Leprechaun by Justine Korman

 Marshmallow Stamp Rainbow: 
For this rainbow craft I prepped a sheet of paper ahead of time by drawing the arc guidelines for the rainbow with a pencil.   Then we used a mini marshmallow and a clothespin for our paintbrush. Madelynn dipped the marshmallow into each color of tempera paint and followed the guidelines to fill in her rainbow.  This was a great fine motor and concentration activity for her.
Color Sort & Stack: 
Who doesn't love playing with their food? I stuck skewers into play dough and placed one Froot Loop of each color onto the skewers.  Madelynn worked hard to sort a tray full of cereal to stack a rainbow.

 Snip and Glue Shamrocks: 
We worked on our cutting skills with this Snip and Glue Shamrock. First, I printed a shamrock outline and cut strips of different shades of green paper. Then, Madelynn used her scissors to snip small pieces of paper, and glued them to fill in the shamrock.

 Sticky Window Rainbow: 
You know we love our sticky window activities over here. This week we made a rainbow with tissue paper. To prep the activity, I drew arcs on the contact paper with a pencil before peeling the backing off.  Then, I taped the contact paper sticky side out on the window for Madelynn to fill in.

 Rainbow Ball Game: 
This game was a combination of fine and gross motor practice.  I grabbed an O-Ball, filled it with rainbow colored scarves, then we played catch. Each time she caught the ball I named a color for her to find and pull out. Then she'd toss it back and name a color for me to find.

 Rainbow Bean Bag Toss: 
For this game we used rainbow bean bags and a hula hoop for a target. The goal was to throw the bean bags into the circle.

 Rainbow Relay: 
For this relay, I gave Madelynn a bowl of rainbow colored candy and a spoon.  On the other side of the room I lined up cups for each color. When I said go, Madelynn ran one color at a time across the room to sort them into the correct cups.

 Fruit Rainbows: 
This fruit rainbow was easy and could easily be made with different variations of fruit that you have on hand.

 Lucky Charms Treats: 
We made these treats following the recipe for Rice Krispy treats but swapped out the cereal with Lucky Charms.  (6 cups Lucky Charms, 3 Tbsps butter, 4 cups mini marshmallows Heat butter and marshmallows in microwave for 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Add cereal. Press into a pan.)

 Licorice Rainbow: 
I've seen treat bags with these rainbow Twizzlers on Pinterest so I thought I'd make something similar for a special snack this week.  Since I didn't want to put them in a bag, I used a skewer and pushed it through each color. After arching the licorice back through the skewer a second time, I cut the extra length off then laid it on a plate with a few marshmallows for clouds.

 St. Patrick's Day Bin: 
In this bin: shamrock beadsgreen mega blocksgreen table scattergreen coinsglitter shamrocks/leprechaun hats(from Hobby Lobby), and green pouch lids

 Rainbow Sort Sensory Bin: 
In this bin: white beans, colored paper rectangles, colored pom poms for sorting, and tweezers

Dig for Gold Bin: 
In this bin: rainbow rice, gold coins, scoops, and cups

 That's it for this week, next week we're learning about zoo animals!

And here are the themes that will be coming soon:
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