Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Celebrating Memorial Day With the Kids


The last Monday in May is a patriotic holiday, and you may have your younger family members ask, "Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?" Along with the solemn history of the day, this long weekend is also a time to bond with families. Because the holiday marks the beginning of the summer, plan some outdoor cooking, games, and a little relaxation with these excellent Memorial Day party ideas.

Why We Celebrate

Memorial Day was originally called "Decoration Day," first celebrated on May 30, 1868, as an attempt to heal the bitterness between the North and South following the Civil War. The event honored the dead of both the Union and Confederate armies, and The Grand Army held a celebration at Arlington National Cemetery. Other communities held their own ceremonies across the country.
The term Memorial Day was first used in 1882, but didn't become widespread until after World War II. With the US involved in other conflicts early in the 20th century, the day became an opportunity to remember the country's fallen military personnel. Decoration Day officially became Memorial Day in 1967, with observance switching from May 30 to the last Monday in May in 1971.
Below are four activities you can use to help your family understand the importance of Memorial Day and why we observe it.

Create an Ancestry Scrapbook

Making a scrapbook to remember your family's ancestors is a project that helps answer the question, "Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?" Talk to your kids about the important people in your family history, in particular those who served their country. Work with your kids to recreate the stories of your family, and place these stories in a ring binder. Including pictures is a great way for kids to feel a connection with relatives, especially if there are family resemblances to point out. Bring out this book every year as part of your Memorial Day celebration. It's a project that never ends; you can add new pages each year as you and the kids discover more about your ancestors.

Add a Patriotic Bandanna to Your Memorial Day Wardrobe

If your family is attending a service or parade on Memorial Day, it's a nice touch to wear something patriotic. You can help the kids make star-spangled bandannas to show their support. Gather white fabric cut into large squares, and provide fabric paints in red and blue. With a star-shaped sponge, or even a cookie cutter, show them how to dip the star into the paint and print designs onto the bandanna fabric. When the paint dries, finish it off with some custom flash using a fabric glitter pen.

Poppies Are Symbolic Flowers


Memorial Day is sometimes known as Poppy Day in recognition of the traditional red flower worn to honor those who died during military service. Many veterans create these flowers so they can be distributed, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) works with the American Legion to dispense them at many civic celebrations. Do the same this Memorial Day by crafting paper poppies with your kids to wear and to give out to friends. There are many paper options to choose from for this activity, including tissue paper, cupcake liners, and coffee filters. Just add a green chenille stem to complete your flower.

Ways to Volunteer Your Services on Memorial Day

Volunteering teaches children to give by putting others before themselves, and there are several ways to help them support our veterans on Memorial Day. If your city has a civic event, check with city hall to see how you can pitch in. Make extra paper poppies with the kids and pass them out to veterans at your local VA hospital. Teach your children about the importance of saying "thank you" to a soldier who served or is currently serving in the military. You can also have your family write thank you notes to servicemen and women; kids can make it an art project by drawing pictures on construction paper, folding them, and writing a message inside. The "AMillion Thanks" organization explains how to get these letters to their destination.

These are just four of the numerous Memorial Day celebration ideas kids can use to learn about their country. Does your family have other ways to celebrate? Share your ideas with me below.

Until next time -- Happy Parenting,
Tania


Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com, public domain




Friday, May 12, 2017

What is a Mother? Teach Your Children Through Books


There are so many types of women who love and nurture young children at home. They may be stay-at-home moms, single parents, working moms, foster mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, big sisters… It is so important that children realize that all mothers do not look or act alike. I found the best way to get young children thinking about their moms is to read stories about mother/child relationships and use these stories to talk about their own families. Choose books to read that talk about people that reflect in different family situations. Help children explore the caring relationship of a mother figure in each story.
Suggested books to read:
My Mom Travels A Lot by Caroline Fellen Bauer (Puffin) What is it like to have a mother who travels?
Here I Am, an Only Child by Marlene Fanta Shyer (Aladdin) This story shows the advantages and disadvantages of being an only child - with the pluses winning out.
My Mommy's Special by Jennifer English (Children's Press) A little girl tells about her mom, who uses a wheelchair to get around.
Everett Anderson's 1,2,3 by Lucy Clifton (Owlet Paperbooks) Everett likes being alone with mommy. He's not sure he wants a new man in the family.
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman (Tricycle Press) A loving story of the nurturing relationship of a lesbian couple and their child.
I Love My Mommy and My Mommy Loves Me by Crystal William (Amazon Kindle Edition) A poem to read at bedtime that explains the love between a mother and child. This poem contains fun rhymes.
Stevie by John Steptoe (Harper & Row) Robert is an only child - until his mom starts foster care for another little boy.
A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams (Greenwillow) After her family's house burned down, a little girl, her mother and grandmother rebuild their lives.
I Miss You! A Military Kid's Book About Deployment by Beth Andrews (Prometheus Books) A challenging situation for both child and parent is when a mother (or father) must be sent away from home for military duty. A necessary book for military families who serve our country.
My Grandmother's Cookie Jar by Montzalee Miller (Price/Stern/Sloane) Every time she offers a cookie, a child's grandmother has a story about their Native American heritage. When grandma dies, the child realizes that her cookie jar will always be filled with grandma's love and her Native American spirit.
The Not-So-Wicked Stepmother by Lizi Boyd (Puffin) Hessie is about to meet her new stepmother. Are the stories she's heard about stepmothers really true? Maybe not!
My Mommy's in Heaven and I'm Still Here by Sarah Julian (Tate Publishing) Lillie's mommy has just passed away. The fun things she does on a daily basis isn't as much fun without her mother. The story shows how Lillie copes without her mother and how God has a plan for everyone.
Grandmother by Jeannie Baker (Dutton) This story describes a child's day with her elderly grandmother in her very old house.

I hope you have selected and enjoyed several of these books with your child. Please feel free to list your own favorites about mothers in our comments section below.
Happy Mother’s Day to All~~
Tania

Source: personal experience in the classroom and at home
Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com 


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Goodnight Moon: Enhancing This Classic Book With Activities


Several generations of children have been lulled to sleep by the recitation of Margaret Wise Brown's picture book Goodnight Moon, published in 1947. Picture this: "great green room, a telephone, a red balloon, and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon." Clement Hurd magically illustrated the book from sunset to darkness as the little bunny says, "Goodnight room, goodnight moon," and slowly nods off to sleep.

Read this classic book to your children and celebrate its literary milestone with some of these activities to enhance the story.

Words That Rhyme -- Reread the story, stressing the rhyming words in the text. As the children learn these combinations, say the first word and have the children supply its rhyming partner. Look for these word combinations in the text.

  Kittens/mittens
  Toy house/young mouse
  Mush/hush
  Room/moon
  Bears/chairs
  Clocks/socks
  House/mouse
  Brush/mush
  Air/everywhere
 
Moon Prints – Take a variety of lids from jars and a crescent-shaped cookie cutter and dip them into yellow poster paint and proceed to make prints on paper. Add adhesive stars to your moon painting.

Another activity is moon watching. This is a great family activity. Have the children observe the moon every night and record their observations on a calendar (or a page you have printed). Children can draw what they see, or for reference you might provide a sheet with small drawings of the eight phases of the moon.

Room Media Art -- Have the children draw a bedroom scene with crayons on construction paper. They can add finishing touches, such as fabric scraps for the bedspread and curtains and wallpaper scraps for the walls. From magazines and catalogs, help them to cut out pictures of dollhouses, kittens, mittens, red balloons, ladies in rocking chairs, and so on. Ask them to find as many items from the story as they can glue onto their scenes.
 
Bunny Magnet -- Make a magnet to resemble the bunny in the story. Give children a clothespin (not the clip kind), and have them paint it white. Color the two prongs pink for the bunny's ears. Draw a face and other bunny features with a black marker. Affix a piece of magnetic tape to the back to make a cute note holder for the refrigerator.

The Cow Jumps Over the Moon -- In the book, the bunny has a picture of the cow jumping over the moon in the bedroom. Teach your kids the popular nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle." Recite the rhyme daily and encourage children to make up actions to go with the rhyme.

Enhancing books via art, music, movement, and science is a way for children to remember stories and enjoy literature. Make story time an important part of your child’s day and enjoy teachable moments together.

These are activities from my personal experience as an early childhood teacher.
Always enhance children's books with activities to foster comprehension.

Until later -- Happy Parenting,
Tania  :)


Saturday, April 22, 2017

4 Earth Day Activities for Children


Earth Day is celebrated April 22. Use these fun activities to teach children the importance of taking care of our planet and learning to become environmentally friendly.

Children can develop an understanding of protecting our environment with the help of adults who make them aware of the fact that we are all interdependent. We can be guardians of the plants and animals in our surroundings. Below are several activities to help develop awareness for Earth Day and every day.

Take a litter walk together

Put some excitement into a clean-up litter walk by also making it a scavenger hunt. Together, make a list of various types of things that when thrown away becomes litter, such as soda cans, newspaper, paper cups, plastic or glass bottles, and so on. Children can become aware that certain items, although good in themselves, can become litter when discarded -- and litter dirties up our Earth.

When walking, take a brown bag and the list. When the child finds an item on the list, check it off. See how long it takes to cross off each item. Of course, dump the litter in appropriate containers -- some may be recycled.

Grow-it-again foods

A great way to save the Earth is to repopulate things that we eat. Many fruits and vegetables can be grown again by planting the seeds or stalks. Here are a few examples.

Pineapple: Cut off the top and trim three rows of the bottom leaves. Let this dry for a few days and then plant the pineapple top into the soil, with the top above ground. Keep it moist and in a sunny place. Pineapples will repopulate into new plants that will eventually bear fruit.

Onion: Find an onion that has already sprouted. Plant it in the soil and watch it regrow into a new onion.
 
Carrot: Cut off the top and trim off any leaves. Place in a layer of pebbles in a low dish container. Keep it well watered and when the carrots sprout roots, plant in the ground.

Avocado: Place three toothpicks into an avocado seed. Set this inside the mouth of a jar filled with water. Place this in partial sunlight. When the roots sprout about four to five inches, plant this in soil outdoors.

Learn to compost


If you garden with your children, you may want to start a compost pile. Composting takes time to break down, but becomes great fertilizer for a garden. Children can also see how some waste materials can be recycled. A compost pile uses vegetable scraps such as potato peels, carrot scrapings, cornhusks, lettuce, cabbage, and onion peels. It can also use coffee grounds, plant clippings and grass.

To make a compost pile, surround a small area with chicken wire. Place another small circle of chicken wire in the center to help circulate the air. Layer the vegetable scraps with fresh soil. Keep it moist and add some lime and fertilizer. Continue the layers, always covering with soil. You will have good rich mulch for a garden within a few months.

Recycle together as a family

Introduce your children to the recycle emblem on many products. Talk about why we recycle. Discuss the differences in packaging of goods -- paper, plastic, and glass. Ask the kids, which would be better to use and why? Together, make a game of sorting product containers using paper, plastic, cans, and glass (do not sort glass with very young children). This is a good activity that teaches classifying as a math skill. Have a recycle center at your home and ask the children to use it daily.

After these discussions, brainstorm together ways that will help our Earth -- like use cloth towels instead of paper towels in the kitchen, don't let the water run needlessly, turn out the lights when you leave a room, and use both sides of the paper when drawing or coloring. Better yet, use junk mail for extra drawing paper on the clean side.


As parents, we can show our children how some things taken from nature can be returned to help it thrive.

Until next week -- Happy Parenting,
Tania

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

While Waiting for April the Giraffe to Give Birth



Kids love all animals and a giraffe is no exception. The world has been patiently waiting for April the giraffe to give birth to her calf. Many are watching the days go by with the live stream from Animal Adventure Park, a zoo in upstate New York. This may be a good time to teach your children about the giraffe. Look into the variety of books on giraffes, as reading and pictures are great tools for preschool learning.

Next, pass the time with toys. There are companies who have toys that are related to the giraffe and other toys that are just fun when passing time. Keeping busy is important, no matter the circumstances. Below are a few of the toys I recommend and the important information about each play item.

VTech® Zoo Jamz Guitar™
Rock and learn with the Zoo Jamz Guitar! Join the animal band and play along with the silly giraffe. The eight light-up buttons and strings allow little musicians to jam to the included music or make their own. The light-up buttons also add funny animal sounds to the melody. Sing along to eight familiar tunes with the giraffe. Turn the dial to choose acoustic, electric or distortion guitar to learn about different types of guitar sounds. Bring the animal band together by pressing the star-shaped button and hear the giraffe sing with the zebra from Zoo Jamz Piano™ and the lion from Zoo Jamz Microphone™ (each sold separately). Be a rock star with this cute giraffe!
Ages 1 ½ – 4 years, $19.99


Janod A Day at the Zoo Funny Magnets
These four chunky wooden jungle animal magnets are ideal for little hands to piece together as a puzzle, plus you can encourage your child to mix and match heads, bodies and tails to create very funny looking animals! Each animal is segmented into three parts and children will enjoy creating their favorite zoo animals by snapping them together with the help of the safely embedded magnets. Designed in the Jura mountains of France, the quality of these magnets is absolutely superb and will make a special gift for toddlers.
Ages 1.5+, $21.99

Janod Tactile Puzzle “A Day at the Zoo”
Janod Tactile Puzzle - A Day at the Zoo lets your little one bring the petting zoo home! Build the 20-piece puzzle to create a scene featuring 7 types of zoo animals in their habitats. One of each animal is textured, so you can feel their fur or skin. Touch a flamingo, koala, tiger and more, they won't bite! Includes a 25.5 inch x 19.5 inch puzzle with 7 textured pieces.
Ages 3 – 6 years, $21.99

ALEX Toys Tots Art Start
Alex Jr. Tots Art Start lets you have fun introducing art to your toddler and preschooler. Everything is included for 6 great activities. These colorful projects include sticky collage frames, which encourage your child to draw in the center. Includes easy grip crayon, crinkly, tissue and fringe papers, doilies, stickers and specially colored activity paper shaped like a tree and giraffe.
Ages 1.5+; MSRP $17.00

ALEX Toys Ready Set Count
Finger puppet counting friends are as easy as 1-2-3! Learn number, counting and easy math concepts with Ready, Set, Count. Each activity is packaged separately so everything is ready to go when you open the kit. Make a giraffe ruler, linked paper counting chains, adorable finger puppets and make a number collage!
Ages 3+; MSRP $12.00


And let's not forget about Slinky. It's a toy that has no age -- it was a favorite in my day and now with the kids. The Slinky is an icon of traditional fun. The MSRP is about $5.00 for the original size and mini Slinky toys are available too.

Check your local toy stores and online for these wonderful and educational products.
Alex Toys
Janod Toys
VTech Toys

Looking forward to April the Giraffe's baby in the near future. Find more information here.

I want to thank all the toy companies for the opportunity to try their products. I was not paid or coached to write this blog post. The information about the products were provided and these are my own opinions.
Photos by Tania Cowling, all rights reserved

Monday, April 10, 2017

In Your Easter Bonnet



As Easter approaches this month, nature is putting on new “clothes” with the coming of spring.  What nature does, humans tend to follow.  The donning of new clothes for Easter symbolizes the coming of spring.  Not only is the donning of new clothes customary, in Northern Europe it was considered rude and bad luck to the goddess of spring, then known as Eastre, to be seen in anything but fresh and new clothing.  The custom of the Easter Parade comes from this.  The wearing of three new things at Easter assures good luck in the coming year.  The Easter bonnet got its start as a wreath of flowers and/or leaves, the circle as an expression of the roundness of the sun and its travel through the heavens which brought it back for the return of spring.  You and your child can make lovely Easter bonnets from things around the house—then parade through the neighborhood for everyone to see.  Be creative and have fun!

OH! YOU BEAUTIFUL BABE         (Toddlers and Twos)

Making hats out of paper, poster board or paper plates isn’t as hard as it sounds.  They won’t last forever, but they are great fun to make and wear.  Little boys will enjoy this activity as well as girls.  A simple hat to make is using a paper plate.  Cut a slit from one edge of the circle to the center.  Pull the two edges together so they overlap—this will make the hat pointed.  Staple the edges in place (you may want to protect your child by placing a piece of masking tape covering the staples—less pulling of hair).  Make two holes opposite each other near the edges of the hat and thread elastic through them to make a chinstrap knotting each end.  Decorate your hat by drawing on it with crayons or markers, gluing on squares of tissue paper in pastel colors, and using Easter stickers.  Here’s a finger play to recite as you and your child parade with his/her new hat.

NEW CLOTHES AND HATS OF PINK AND BLUE.  (point to clothes and head)
BABY ANIMALS AT THE ZOO.
FLOWERS BLOOM AND ROBINS COO.  (raise hands above head, form wings with arms)
EASTER WELCOMES SPRING ANEW!


HOW DO I LOOK?    (Preschool +)

The best part of making an Easter hat is the decorating.  Your child will be so proud of his/her creation.  You might allow your youngster to wear the hat to church or to a family gathering.  The hat can be made as feminine or masculine as you wish.  Boys may enjoy a crown instead.  Help your child in this hat construction by cutting the center out of a paper plate and stapling a paper bowl over the hole.  Make sure the bowl fits the child’s head.  Punch two holes on opposite sides and attach ribbons to use as ties.  Set out glue and collage materials such as Easter grass, Easter stickers, paper or silk flowers, fabric scraps, rickrack, buttons, sequins and glitter.  Invite your child to glue on the materials any way they wish.  Together sing this fun song as your child parades around the house.
(Tune:  “The Mulberry Bush”)

TODAY WE’LL MARCH IN THE EASTER PARADE,
EASTER PARADE, EASTER PARADE.
TODAY WE’LL MARCH IN THE EASTER PARADE,
SO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

WE’LL WEAR OUT HATS IN THE EASTER PARADE,
EASTER PARADE, EASTER PARADE.
WE’LL WEAR OUR HATS IN THE EASTER PARADE,
PLEASE TELL ME HOW I LOOK!

THE FASHION SHOWDOWN  (School Age)

Here is a hat that both girls and boys can decorate.  Bring out the recycle box and get creative this Easter. Use a purchased straw hat, cowboy hat or even a sports helmet.  With a glue gun attach all kinds of materials along with some purchased Easter decors.  Think of silk flowers, ribbons, bows, faux jewels, pastel cotton balls, pipe cleaners, Easter grass; the list can go on and on.  But did you ever think of gluing on marshmallow peeps and bunnies and what about a few colorful jellybeans?  Make this a contest with other family members.  Model your hat, be proud as you walk down your hallway or should I say “runway”.

Bonnets aren’t always for your head.  Here is a recipe to make Easter bonnet cookies.  Make your favorite sugar cookie recipe or store-bought dough.  Divide the dough and roll it into two logs—one about 10 inches long and 2 inches in diameter.  The other roll about 10 inches long and 1 inch in diameter.  Wrap these in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least three hours.  Preheat your oven according to your recipe.   Cut the logs into ¼-inch slices and bake on cookie sheets.  Stack the small cookies on top of the larger ones, gluing them in place with a dab of frosting.  Frost the bonnets, then decorate them with gel icing, sprinkles, and even fruit leather ribbons.

For more Easter crafts, check out my article on Bright Hub Education

Have a wonderful holiday and Happy Parenting,
Tania


Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CONTEST: SMURFS Movie Tickets

WE HAVE A WINNER:
Congratulations Tina! You have won 2 free tickets to see SMURFS:The Lost Village.
Enjoy the movie.

Hi everyone,

So, the new SMURFS movie opens this Friday, April 7th. Who would like to win two free movie tickets?

To enter the contest, FOLLOW my blog and then enter your name and email in the comment section below. Friday afternoon, I will randomly pick a winner and send you codes for two FREE tickets to see this new movie. You will have from April 7 through April 16th to use these tickets.

I'm sure your kids will love the film. Good luck!

Happy Parenting,

Tania :)

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Friday, March 31, 2017

The SMURFS are Making a Comeback!



Who's ready for a new movie? On April 7, 2017, the SMURFS are coming back in their new film "SMURFS The Lost Village" to a theater near you. And to get you and the kids ready, here is some information about the film, the official movie trailer, and coloring sheets your kids will love.



"Best friends Smurfette (Demi Lovato), Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest, an enchanted wonderland that's filled with magical creatures. Their adventure leads them on a course to discover the biggest secret in Smurf history as they race against time and the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) to find a mysterious village."


View the official movie trailer HERE.  And at the top of the page you will find coloring sheets and activities.



After you and your children enjoy the film, here is a parent discussion guide to help you quiz the kiddos to see how much they have absorbed from the film. Click HERE for the downloadable guide.

Parents, put this movie and opening date on your calendar -- your children will be happy you did!!!!!

Stayed tuned for more information about this movie opening.

Until then,
Happy Parenting,

Tania  :)

Photos courtesy of the official Smurfs movie site: http://www.smurfsmovie.com
#SmurfsMovieL3

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Keep Learning During Breaks From School With LeapStart



March is National Reading Month, Spring Break and soon the Easter holidays. Although you will have planned family activities, why not keep learning in this off-time from school? Whether your child is in preschool, kindergarten or the primary grades, LeapStart Interactive Learning Systems will keep the "learning" during your holiday breaks.  

Jam-packed with school and life skills for curious 2-7 year olds, the LeapStart activity books are designed to help build key skills and challenge kids to get ready for their next step in learning. The system works with a library of 16 re-playable activity books that get kids excited about a multitude of concepts from the ABCs, numbers, shapes and colors to reading, writing, social skills, science, technology, engineering, math and many more. Both LeapStart platforms work with all four levels of activity books for complete interchangeability and ability to find just the right level for each set of skills.

The LeapStart interactive learning systems include a portable kid-tough device with a downloadable Parent Guide that fosters the development of kids ages 2-7 with tips, tricks, and activities that parents and kids can do together. Each system comes with a sampler book: Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten designed for the younger platform and Kindergarten and 1st Grade designed for the older platform. Availability LeapStart Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten system (MSRP $39.99, ages 2-4) and LeapStart Kindergarten & 1st Grade system (MSRP $39.99, ages 5-7) as well as the 16 LeapStart Activity books (MSRP $12.99 each, ages 2-7) are available at major retail locations and online in the U.S.

I love this toy as you can upgrade with a variety of additional booklets (each sold separately) engaging your child in learning and stepping up to new skills. LeapStart is coming into my home for the spring holidays and continued use during the long summer months. Learning can be fun with the right tools -- from simple problems to critical thinking and even STEM learning. I thank LeapFrog for making such an innovative learning toy.

Leapstart on Amazon

Until later -- Happy Parenting,
Tania  :)

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

How Do You Amuse the Kids on St. Patrick's Day?



Calling all teachers and parents:

Lads and lassies, get ready to celebrate a “wee-bit of fun” this March 17th on St. Patrick’s Day. 


Doing the shamrock stomp:  (baby & toddler)
Put on some music (like an Irish jig or McNamara’s Band) and invite your child to dance along with you.  For young babies, hold them in your arms while you dance.  Encourage him to come up with a variety of ways to move to the music.  To do the “Shamrock Stomp”, cut out large shamrock shapes from green construction paper.  Tape these to the floor.  Start the music and have your child move and jump from shamrock to shamrock.  This is a fun way for your youngster to express himself on St. Patrick’s Day and great for practicing large motor skills.  Masking tape on the floor can be another entertaining movement game.  Stick the tape on the floor to make a design, such as a zigzag, a circle, triangle or a star.  Let your child move along, over and around the lines as they please.

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How about the shamrock shimmy?  (preschool+)
Here’s a fun locomotion game to play with your child.  It’s even better if you can gather other family members or friends.  Cut several small shamrocks from green construction paper.  Write instructions on the one side like:  hop like a bunny, gallop like a horse, crawl like a snake, walk like an elephant, whistle like a leprechaun,  skip, walk backwards, etc.  Place these instructional shamrocks in a container on the other side of the room.  Play this like a relay race, as the first person runs to the pile, takes a shamrock and does what it says while returning to his/her team, then sits down. Station an adult to help read the instructions.  The next team member proceeds the same way until everyone has a turn.  Another fun St. Paddy game is “Irish Hot Potato.”  Sit all players in a circle.  Hand one child a potato.  Explain that when the music begins they will pass the potato to the person on their right.  When the music stops whoever’s holding the potato scoots out of the circle and playing resumes. Who will end up in the circle alone with the potato? Play some Celtic or Irish Jig music to get into the spirit, although any music will do.

Cover photo courtesy of Tumisu, CC0 Public Domain, pixabay.com

Quick shopping for materials you will need for these activities: