Tuesday, March 15, 2011

St Patrick's Day

I have so many wonderful memories of visiting Ireland, celebrating St Patrick's Day, and teaching my students about St Patrick whilst living overseas. I have been really looking forward to introducing the celebration to the boys this year!

For many, St Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. It is always a great day to celebrate with children, whether it be from a religious point of view or simply for fun. I like to use St Patrick's Day to introduce the boys to another culture, the history and the customs. Over the years I have collected these three great books that I just love reading in the lead up to, and on St Patrick's Day.

Today we spent the morning locating Ireland on a world map as well as our globe. master 4 also has a World Map Tag Game so was very keen to find it on here also. We read The Luckiest St Patrick's Day Ever and then did some printing using green peppers. . Cut one bell pepper in half, dip in a shallow container filled with a little green paint, and then make prints on your paper. I think they look really cute and the boys loved doing this activity.

What does a rainbow have to do with St. Patrick's Day?
Most of the "fairy tales" about St. Paddy's Day involve a leprechaun. A leprechaun is said to be a short fellow with a red beard and a pot of gold. Supposedly, this pot of gold is hidden at the end of a rainbow. Because you can never find the "end" of a rainbow, you can't get the pot of gold. To get the gold, you've first got to catch the little Leprechaun.

St Patrick's Day is a wonderful opportunity to talk about the colours of the rainbow and do some wonderful Rainbow Themed Activities.

Why not celebrate St Patrick's Day with a Rainbow Morning tea! Your little one's can help you cut up the fruit and arrange it on the plate, making sure all the colours of the rainbow are ready to eat!

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