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St. Patrick’s Day Mommy School Unit
Letter: G Color: Green Number: Five Nursery Rhyme: Five Fat Peas

ACTIVITIES & GAMES
Playdough Make green playdough and use shamrock cookie cutter to cut out shamrocks. Shamrock Hunt Print the attached shamrocks with letters on them. Hide them around the room and sing the song below: (Sing to the tune of “The Farmer In the Dell”) Let’s look for shamrocks now, Let’s look for shamrocks now, And when we find a bright green one Then we’ll take a bow. You can also practice letter recognition using these shamrocks. St. Patrick’s Day Parade On St. Patrick’s Day, have a parade! March around wearing ALL green. You can go all out with green leis, green hats, green beads, green nail polish, etc. Leprechaun Visit Before your child wakes up, leave green footprints all over the house. (An easy way to make footprints is to trace a shoe on green paper.) You can even tape some footprints on the ceiling! Mess up the furniture, etc. Leave a note from “Leprechauns” along with a treat if desired. When child wakes up, he/she will be surprised to see that leprechauns have visited your house!!
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Lucky Penny Hunt Hide pennies and see if children can find them. They can trade each penny for a treat—if they can explain a reason why they feel they are lucky. (I am lucky because I have great parents, etc…) Word Search For older children, complete the attached word search and maze.

ART
Handprint Shamrock Press children’s hand into green paint. Press 3 handprints into a shamrock shape and add a stem using a green pipe cleaner. Paper Plate Leprechaun Paint the rim of a paper plate orange. After paint dries, cut slits. (This will be the beard.) Cut out a hat out of green construction paper. You can also add a black belt with yellow buckle for hat. Add a face on the center of the paper plate. Felt Shamrocks Cut hearts out of different colors of felt. Encourage child to put together different color combinations to create a shamrock on a felt board. You could also photograph color combinations and ask your child to duplicate the shamrocks in the same way. Rainbows Paint a rainbow and glue on cotton balls as “clouds.”

Sensory Tub Make a sensory tub using split peas. Bury gold coins inside the split peas and have children search for them in their “pot of gold.” Color Mixing If you’re really brave, drop yellow food coloring and blue food coloring into the toilet. Flush, and watch the colors mix to become green.
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SCIENCE

MATH
Shamrock Hunt Using the template attached, cut out several shamrocks and color them different colors (or print on different colors of cardstock). Hide the shamrocks around the room and let child collect them in a basket. • Help your child count out the number of total shamrocks. • Sort the shamrocks into colors. • You could also make patterns using the colors of shamrocks. • For older children, do some addition. “Give green shamrocks plus one red shamrock equals… six shamrocks.” Shamrock Measuring Trace your child’s body on butcher paper while they are lying down. Use a shamrock cut-out to do some measuring. How many shamrocks tall are you? How many shamrocks long is your arm? You could also practice measuring other things in the house. Shamrock Sizes Use attached shamrocks to help your child put them in order by size from smallest to largest. Leprechaun Grid Game Use the attached grid game to roll a dice, identify the number, and count out the manipulatives. (Such as green M&M’s). Place one manipulative over each square on the grid until the grid is full. Lucky Charms Graphing Before eating a bowl full of Lucky Charms, sort the different types of marshmallows in your cereal. You can download this graph from Two Teaching Mommies here: http://www.2teachingmommies.com/2011/02/sneak-peak-st-patricksday.html Lucky Leprechaun Play Lucky Leprechaun by taking turns rolling 2 dice. Add the numbers together to determine what part of the leprechaun you will draw. The goal is to try to draw the entire leprechaun! (This is great for older kids.)
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Color By Number Complete the attached color by number sheet to practice numeral recognition and make a St. Patrick’s Day picture! Pot of Gold Activity Complete this fun pot of gold activity using color dot stickers. Roll dice to know how many dots to cover. You can cover them in a rainbow shape. http://www.2teachingmommies.com/2011/02/sneak-peak-st-patricksday.html

FLANNEL BOARD FUN
Five Wee Leprechauns Use the attached “Five Wee Leprechauns” visual aids to act out this rhyme as a flannel board story.

SNACKS
Magic Leprechaun Drink Mix a package of lemonade and add yellow food coloring to make the color brighter. Add a drop of blue food coloring to the child’s clear cup, and then pour in the lemonade. Watch as the drink turns green! Shamrock Glass Cookies Sugar cookie dough Green hard candy (Lifesavers or jolly ranchers) Roll out cookie dough and cut out using shamrock cookie cutter. Cut out a hole in the center using another cookie cutter. Crush candy using rolling pin and fill the holes in the center of the cookies. Bake on a foilcovered baking sheet. Cool completely and peel off foil. Shamrock Rice Krispies Treats Add a drop of green food coloring to your Rice Krispies treats and cut out with a shamrock cookie cutter. You could also add green M&M’s!

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BOOKS
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss Little Green by Keith Baker “Mr. and Mrs. Green” series by Keith Baker Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day by Joan Holub Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson Leprechaun Gold by Teresa Bateman The Luckiest Leprechaun by Justine Korman Lucky Days with Mr. and Mrs. Green by Keith Baker The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka by Tomie dePaola Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tomie dePaola

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Songs & Finger plays
I’m a Little Leprechaun Tune: I’m a Little Teapot” I’m a little leprechaun. Dressed in green. The tiniest man that You have ever seen. If you ever catch me, So it’s told, I’ll give you My pot of gold.

This Little Leprechaun Tune: This Old Man This little leprechaun, He hid one. (Hold up correct number of fingers.) He hid gold in the noonday sun. Whew! With a tap, tap paddy whack (Stomp feet for tap, tap) Hide a pot of gold. It’s a secret that can’t be told. (Place fingers up to lips.) Continue song, adding a new line for each number: Two—He hid gold in his left shoe. OUCH! Three—He hid gold in the deep blue sea. AHOY! Four—He hid gold behind the door. BANG! Five--He hid gold in the old beehive. BUZZ! Six—He hid gold beneath the bed. GOTCHA! Seven–He hid gold beneath the bed. THAT DOESN’T RHYME! Eight—He hid gold near the garden gate. SQUEAK! Nine—He hid gold in the nick of time. TICK, TOCK!
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If You’re Wearing Green Today Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It If you’re wearing green today, Dance a jig. If you’re wearing green today, Dance a jig. If you’re wearing green today, Dance a jig, then smile and say, “Have a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” * Clap your hands, twirl around, shout hooray

Leprechaun Song Tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low Do your ears point up? (Pull on top of ears) Do you have a lot of luck? (Cross fingers on both hands) Can you dance an Irish jig? (Dance) For a pot of gold you’d dig. (Pretend to dig) Can you toss gold over your shoulder (Pretend to toss over shoulder) Like a giant throws a boulder? (Pretend to throw heavy object) Do your ears point up? (Pull on top of ears)

Counting Shamrocks Tune: Ten Little Indians One little, two little, three little shamrocks. Four little, five little, six little shamrocks. Seven little, eight little, nine little shamrocks. Ten little shamrocks all in a row.

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COLOR: GREEN
Green Scavenger Hunt Use the attached sheet to go on a green scavenger hunt. This could be really fun while looking through green sunglasses or green paper glasses. Kool-Aid Play-dough 1 c. flour 2 T. cream of tartar ¼ c. salt 2 packages of green Kool-Aid. 1 c. water 1 T. oil Green food coloring 1. In a saucepan, combine everything but the oil. Stir well. 2. Stir in oil. Add drops of food coloring. Stir well. 3. Move saucepan to stovetop and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Stir well the entire time. 4. When a soft ball starts to form, turn off the heat and remove the pan. Playdough will be hot. 5. Remove the ball of dough from the pan and let cool for a second. 6. Knead well until soft. 7. Store in airtight container or a ziplock bag. Green Snack Ideas Kiwi, green grapes, pesto, green beans, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, green apples, grasshopper pie, spinach tortillas, zuchinni, mint brownies, cucumber, honeydew, lettuce, limes, peas, pistachio pudding. Apple Jacks Sorting Sort apple jacks into green and orange. String green apple jacks onto string and wear them as a bracelet. Green Car Counting Go on a picnic somewhere you can see cars driving by. Look for cars of different colors, especially green. Use the attached sheet to make a mark for each car you see. What color of car did you see the most? What color did you see the least?
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Green Songs “Green” from Color songs by Stephen Fite “The Green Grass Grew All Around” “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” Green Art in the Tub Add a few drops of green food coloring to shaving cream. Have fun playing with this in the bathtub. Green Picnic Go on a green picnic. Wear all green. Sit on a green blanket. Eat green foods. Lime Slime Jello Make lime slime jello as a snack. You could also make this jello and hide some of your child’s favorite toys inside. It could become a fun sensory experiment to dig out favorite toys inside the slimy jello! Lime Slime Jello 1 large package of lime jello (6 oz.) 1 large package of jello lemon pudding, cooked variety (6 oz.) Make lime jello as directed on package. Cook lemon pudding as directed on package, but omit the eggs. Stir pudding into jello. Refrigerate at least 6 hours. Color Flashcards You can download your own “green” flashcards at Homeschool Creations. (http://www.homeschoolcreations.com/preschoolcolorsandshapes.html) Red Light/Green Light This is a great chance to discuss stoplights and the meaning of the color “green.” Play Red Light/Green Light.

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NUMBER: FIVE
Card Search Search for the five’s in a deck of cards. Songs Five Green and Speckled Frogs. Five Fat Peas Number Pattern Print the attached 5 number pattern. Paste 5 shamrock cut-outs on the number pattern. Craft Stick Houses Use 5 craft sticks to create a house... or anything else you would like to make! Writing Rhyme While practicing writing the number five, say this rhyme to help form the numeral: The little train First goes back, Then goes down And around On the railroad track. I like to practice writing numbers in finger paint, shaving cream, or using Crayola’s window crayons. Finger Games Let your child place 5 olives on his/her fingers. Or 5 rings. Or 5 finger puppets. Count them as they take them on and off. Five French Fries Cut 2 yellow sponges into 5 long “fries.” Set the sponge fries out with 2 cardboard fry boxes from McDonald’s. Let child count the French fries as they place them in the fry boxes. Five Fat Peas
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Glue 5 green fuzzy pompoms to a craft stick. These will be the peas on the pea pod. Use this to practice the nursery rhyme. Tactile Learning Cut the numeral 5 out of sand paper. Have child trace with his/her finger. You could also do a rubbing of the numeral by placing paper on the top and coloring over it.

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LETTER G
G is for Green Grass Cut a G out of cardstock. Cover with glue, sprinkle with green Easter grass. (Or real grass.) Flashcards Use attached flashcards to learn other “G” vocabulary. I usually laminate them, cut them apart, and bind them together using a book ring. The best time to go through these is while your child is eating! “G” Art Use green gummy bears to create the shape of a letter G. Glue into shape of letter if desired. G on the floor Using masking tape, tape a large G on the floor. Give child a variety of tasks to do on the letter: GRAB the letter, GROWL at the letter, etc. G is for…. Coloring Pages Complete the attached 3 “G is for…” coloring pages. Also practice writing letter G. Muffin Tin Meal Create a muffin tin meal using foods that start with G. Here are a few ideas: Goldfish, grapes, gingerbread, graham crackers, granola bar, grapefruit, green beans, grilled cheese, gravy, gummy bears, gushers, grape soda, garlic bread, gelato,

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SHAMROCK PATTERNS
Print one sheet of shamrocks on several different colors. Use these for several math activities including addition, sorting, patterning, etc.

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Shamrock Letters
Print on cardstock and laminate if desired. Practice letter recognition. You can also go on a shamrock hunt! Hide the lettered shamrocks around the room. Have child find them while singing this song:
(Sing to the tune of “The Farmer In the Dell”) Let’s look for shamrocks now, Let’s look for shamrocks now, And when we find a bright green one Then we’ll take a bow.

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Five Wee Leprechauns
Act out the 5 Wee Leprechauns rhyme by using the attached visual aids. Print on cardstock and laminate if desired. Mount them on craft sticks or use them as a flannel board activity.

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Five Wee Leprechauns
Five wee leprechauns scurrying by my door, One jumped away, and then there were four. Four wee leprechauns climbing in my tree, One hid in the green leaves, And then there were three. Three wee leprechauns, just a busy few, One went for his pot of gold, then were two. Two wee leprechauns having lots of fun, One hopped over the rainbow, Then there was one. One wee leprechaun with all his work done, He slipped off for a nap, Then there were none.

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Print, cut and laminate these shamrocks. Help your child put these shamrocks in order by size.

Shamrock Sizes

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Green Scavenger Hunt
Give your child the following guidelines to collect things that are green. As items are found, mark them off with a green marker or green sticker.

Find something that grows green. Find something soft that is green. Find one snack item that is green. Name one animal that is green. Find something hard that is green. Name a fruit that is green. Find something you play with that is green. Find something you can color with that is green. Find something you can build with that is green. Find something on a wall that is green. Find something you can wear that is green.

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Directions
Print the 5 number pattern. Cover with 5 shamrock cut-outs.

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Five Fat Peas
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
(Put thumb and fingers up one by one) (Children hold hand in a fist)

They grew and grew And did not stop, Until one day The pod went POP!
(Children clap hands together) (Raise hand in the air very slowly)

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Credits
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