It's your "lucky" day - this month's Home Connection has arrived!
We enjoy being lucky enough to have your child spend time with us and while they do some fun activities theme to the month and holidays, we wanted to give you some ideas to enjoy with your child at home.
"May the road rise up to meet you" - on your way to family fun! Happy St. Patrick's Day!"
0 - 3 Months
Run a bright green piece of satin ribbon through the palm of your baby's hand. This will encourage him or her to open and close his or her hands.
3 - 6 Months
Provide your baby with a fun sensory activity by mixing vanilla pudding and green food coloring.
Cut shamrocks and rainbows from different textures and glue them securely to a poster board. Place the board on the floor for your baby to lie on or crawl over. Encourage him or her to feel and explore the textures.
6 - 12 Months
Provide green play dough for your baby to feel, push, and squeeze. Supervise closely to ensure that this sensory activity does not turn into a taste tasting.
Tie several green bandannas together to make a long "rope" and place the "rope" into a coffee can or similar container with an "X" cut into the lid. Pull the tip through the X and encourage your baby to pull bandannas out hand over hand. This motion will strengthen his or her hands and lead to grasping skills.
12 - 18 Months
St. Patrick's Fingerplay - "Five Little Leprechauns"
"Five little leprechauns knocking at my door.
One chased a rainbow, then there were four.
Four little leprechauns, oh so wee
One picked a shamrock, then there were three.
Three little leprechauns hiding in my show
One found a toadstool, then there were two.
Two little leprechauns dancing in the sun
One went to search for gold, then there was one.
One little leprechaun on the run
He shined his shoe buckles, then there were none."
Parent Note: You can find this fingerplay on YouTube for movement ideas.
18 - 24 Months
St Patrick's Goop - Add water slowly to cornstarch until you reach a desired consistency. Make the "goop" green by adding some food coloring - and be prepared for a messy, fun learning experience.
24 - 30 Months
Shamrock Memory - Find or draw pairs of pictures of green items, including St. Patrick's day items like shamrocks and rainbows. Cover the pictures with a cup or other item that your child can pick up to reveal the picture. Play a memory game and match the pairs.
2.5 - 3 Years
Leprechaun Search for Gold - Hide pieces of "gold" (circles cut from gold fabric, paper, or felt or plastic, pretend money) around your child's bedroom or around the whole house. Encourage them to find the gold that you have hidden and help them if they need support to find all of the pieces. You can help them by giving specific directions in regards to position (in, out, above, under, etc.). Dance and sing when all of the pieces have been found.
3 - 5 Years
Green Eggs and Ham - March is National Reading Month and March 2 was Dr. Seuss' Birthday - Get in the spirit by reading the book and the consider making the titular meal. (Only if your child does not have allergies or sensitivities to the ingredients, of course.)
Green Collage - Make a collage using a variety of green papers, green paint, green glitter, green tissue, green markers, and green crayons. Shamrock, pot o' gold, and leprechaun stickers may finish the masterpiece.
Play Dough Flowers - Provide your child with pink, white, yellow, and green play dough (or your choice of colors). Either using just their hands or optionally using cookie cutters in appropriate shapes and sizes, work with your child to make green stems and leaves, flowers, and make little centers.
Buggy Prints - Working closely with your child, use a washable ink pad to make thumbprint bugs on a piece of paper. Provide your child with washable markers for drawing little legs, antennae, eyes, and smiles on their new bug friends.