St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is right around the corner and as everyone knows, we all pretend to be Irish on that special day, so ask all your children to find something green to wear to school. Make sure you have a few small paper shamrocks to tape on to those children who forgot or didn’t have anything green to wear.
Below is a list of great books to help you plan your special day:
· Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day. Kathy Ross, Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm
Twenty easy craft projects including a shamrock bird, leprechaun face mask, a shillelagh, a rainbow bracelet, and a pot of gold table decoration.
· Daniel O’Rourke : An Irish Tale (Picture Puffins). Gerald McDermott
Join Daniel O’Rourke as he is whisked from a small brook to the moon and then to the sea.
· Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato. Tomie dePaola
Lazy Jamie O’Rourke doesn’t lift a finger, even after his wife hurts her back digging the “praties” they depend on; but he does catch a leprechaun, who gives him a seed that grows into a potato so large that it takes the combined efforts of the village to dig it up and eat it.
· Jeremy Bean’s St. Patrick’s Day. Alice Shertle, Illustrated by Linda Shute
Shy Jeremy Bean forgets, much as to his humiliation, to wear green to school for St. Patrick’s Day.
· Leprechaun Gold. Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger
What happens when you save a leprechaun from drowning? He’ll reward you with enough gold to last a lifetime! If you’re Donald O’Dell, however, you’ll refuse to take such a generous gift. What’s a leprechaun to do but resort to matters of the heart to repay Donald for his heroic act.
We found these great book suggestions at http://holidays.kaboose.com/saint-patricks-day/books.html, or check your local library for other great titles to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
There are also some great crafts to make, such as Leprechaun masks, paint shamrocks, or even make Irish potato people. Don’t forget to have green snacks or even decorate shamrock sugar cookies by letting the children frost their own cookies with green frosting. Try using popsicle sticks to spread the frosting.
While we are in the Green mode, Little Tikes™ has some wonderful products that fit that description:
- The On The Go Turtle Dough is a green plastic turtle with a clear plastic shell and fold away handle for carrying. Open the lid and let the fun begin. Inside are various cans of fun dough and plastic molds and eyes and tails for making playful sea creatures.
- Our Classic Turtle Sandbox has a lift-off shell to open for imaginative fun. This wonderful green turtle’s dome lid makes it easier to store toys in the sandbox at the end of the day. It holds 150 pounds of sand (not included).
- Another great item offered by Little Tikes™ is our Soft Topz Pickup. Perfect for little hands, it has flashing lights and sound effects when you press down on the top. The vehicle’s body is made from soft plastic foam. Just flip it open to reveal a cool engine.
- Our TotSports Drive & Putt Golf Set features a variety of surfaces to practice your short game. When storing, it has a hang-on-the-wall design to keep all the pieces together. The removable flag goes anywhere in your yard and a moveable tee lets the kids drive the ball right to the pin.