Most of my friends are too small to understand St. Patrick's day, therefore I make it more about rainbows and the pot of gold at the end. As a result I tend to mix both together, as you will see from today's book and art activity.
The book we read is a sweet little book called Rain Brings Frogs. It is about a little boy who tends to see the bright side of everything and rain is fun because it brings frogs. The end of this story has a rainbow and this is why I chose it (besides the great message behind it). I also had Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. No explanation necessary. She is one of my favorite authors.
Our art activity was art tissue (bleeding tissue) umbrellas. I gave my friends a bunch of rainbow colored tissue paper that was already cut into squares. They simply have to paint it on with water and let dry. I had cut an umbrella out of a paper plate.
|Applying the tissue with water and a paint brush.|
My friends loved the different textures of the sand and the pasta. They like the pasta because it was noisy. After they found all the coins I had them hide them again for the Leprechauns.
I finished the class off with a fingerplay/song; Five Little Leprechauns. I printed it off and made it into a felt board story.