On Monday the kids came into a big mess all over the classroom, with a nice note from the leprechauns telling us that they do NOT like cleaning up their messes.
The kids had to clean up and sort the toys back in their spots, then they enjoyed writing a note back to the leprechauns. Each morning there was a new note waiting from our leprechaun friends telling about their home and life in Ireland, and each day the kids worked together to write a note back and practice signing their names.
On Monday the kids also shared a take-home project that they had been working on from http://blog.reallygoodstuff.com/?p=8901. I sent home each student with a large blank four leaf clover, and they had to decorate it with reasons they are lucky. Some of them used glitter, drawings, pictures, and cut-outs, and they were all adorable.
Some of the books we read included "Saint Patrick's Day," "The Lucky Leprechaun," "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover," and "The Night Before St. Patrick's Day."
The kids put together this Paper Plate Leprechaun from http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Paper-Plate-Leprechaun.html by painting the plates, fringing the edges with scissors to make a beard, and adding a face. The finished it off with a hat, belt, and buckle. They made cute masks in pictures!
We also did a Rainbow Hat Project from http://www.couponsaregreat.net/crafty-tuesday-march-9th-rainbows-and-hats/. I changed the project a little by numbering the colored strips in order of how they appear on the rainbow so the students would have to practice recognizing, naming, and ordering numbers as well.
Fur our clover craft, we did Handprint Clovers from http://www.meetthedubiens.com/search/label/crafts?updated-max=2011-03-21T05%3A33%3A00-04%3A00&max-results=20. We painted the kids' hands, had them stamp a paper 4 times for 4 leaves, then add a stem with their finger. I added a cute little poem to the bottom, too.
On Wednesday we did a Fruit Loops Rainbow Color Sorting Activity from http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2009/02/frugal-friday.html, where the kids had to glue the fruit loops on the line of the rainbow that they belong based on their color. I was so excited to see that a box of fruit loops contains all the colors in the rainbow, except green and indigo, that made for a very convenient activity! It also really made the kids work on their fine motor skills.
Finally on Thursday (the last day before spring break) the kids put together these cute Gold at the end of the Rainbow Treats from http://lifewiththedepews.blogspot.com/2012/03/st-patricks-day-treats.html?m=1, which they took home.
We also played different games.
On Monday, we played 'messy room,' where the kids were divided into two groups with a line of tape down the middle. The kids were given a bunch of beanbags, and they had one minute to throw as many beanbags as they could into the other tea,'s 'room'. At the end of one minute, whoever had the cleanest 'room' won.
On Tuesday, the kids did a four leaf clover hunt. The 'leprechauns' hid four leaf clovers all over the room, and when the kids found them they would have to tell a teacher where it was (behind the shelf/ in a book/ under the table, etc).
We also played a version of 'Mother May I', but instead of mother we played 'Leprechaun May I?'.
We all had a very relaxing and energizing spring break, and came back ready to take on the rest of the year!