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Tot School / Week 3: St. Patrick’s Day ☘️

Our third week of Tot School was all about St. Patrick’s Day! We obviously started out with a focus on colors, however, as holidays and seasons arrive we will take a break from colors and focus on those events. We started our St. Patrick’s Day theme on a Monday with March 17th being the coming Sunday. So we celebrated all week leading up to the big day!

Here’s the rundown on all the activities Grace enjoyed throughout the week!

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin & Book of the Week

We started the week off with the book, The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day, by Natasha Wing, and a St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin filled with all things shamrock and glittery green and gold (dollar store finds). We read our book multiple times throughout the week! Bonus for Grace…there is a dog pictured on most of the pages and she wanted to point it out every time we read this book! She even started to say “doggie” by the end of the week! We also played with the sensory bin throughout the week as well (as did our cats ha!).

We danced along to a YouTube video called I’m a Little Leprechaun and watched an episode of Curious George called Chasing Rainbows throughout the week as well.

Rainbow Scarf Pull & Stuff

Our next activity was a huge hit with Grace. She absolutely loves to pull out wipes from her baby wipes containers, so this activity was planned for her love of doing just that! I ordered a set of rainbow play scarves off of Amazon, and I had saved an empty box of her wipes. All I did was stuff the colored scarves into the container and she enjoyed pulling them out one by one and stuffing them back in! I still pull this out from time to time to occupy her while I’m cooking!

Digging For Gold

The next day we did a little gold digging! I made green jello the night before, I cubed it and hid gold coins (dollar store again) in the jello. Grace wasn’t sure about the texture at first but knew she wanted those coins, so after a little testing of the water, she got down to business. I never showed her that she could eat the jello, I wanted to see if she would make that connection herself. When she finally did her face was priceless! We will certainly be using jello again for more activities in the future!

Rainbow Bubble Wrap Painting

The next activity for our St. Patrick’s Day theme produced really cool results! Grace painted a rainbow with bubble wrap. I used what we had on hand as far as supplies: white card stock, cardboard underneath (just to cover our surface), Crayola Kid’s Paint, medicine droppers, a leftover piece of bubble wrap from a recent move, and tape. I made lines of paint using the medicine droppers on the white car stock in the shape of a rainbow. The medicine droppers were just ” a using what was on hand” moment. If you have puffy paint, you could forgo this step but we only have the Crayola kid’s paint and I needed a way to make the lines of paint so I used leftover medicine droppers to do so. After the shape was there I taped a piece of bubble wrap (larger than the card stock) on top and taped it in place so Grace couldn’t move it. Then I showed her how to pop the bubbles which spreads the paint. She was very interested in the bubble wrap and preferred to pull up on the bubbles instead of pushing down to pop them, which resulted in some holes paint could get through. I just watched closely to make sure paint wasn’t escaping too fast and she really didn’t even notice. The result, regardless, was a beautiful rainbow that still is hanging on our refrigerator! I love her rainbow artwork so much I plan on framing soon!

Shamrock Sun Catcher Process

The next day we made a shamrock sun catcher. I ordered some clear contact paper and some tissue paper squares (it was cheaper than ordering full sheets and it came with multiple colors already cut into squares). To set this up I cut a square of contact paper and drew a shamrock outline with a sharpie on the non sticky side. Then I removed the backing and taped it to our workspace sticky side up. I put the green tissue paper squares on a plate next to the contact paper and showed Grace where to place them. She caught on instantly and began scooping handfuls and placing them on the contact paper. After the shamrock outline was covered, I placed another square of contact paper (sticky side down) on top of what she had just made, creating a seal. I then cut out the shape based on my outline and hung the sun catcher on our back door! It’s beautiful with the sun coming through and the different shading from the layers of tissue.

Shamrock Sun Catcher Finished

In addition to all the fun activities above, we did a few more things during our St. Patrick’s Day themed week. Our local Barnes and Nobles has a St. Patrick’s Day Story time for kids that we took Grace to on Saturday, and since the book we read throughout the week had the characters making leprechaun traps, I made a simple one (hopefully something she will do herself when she is older) we left out on the kitchen counter Saturday night.

Leprechaun Trap

On Sunday (March 17th) she woke up to a mess the sneaky leprechaun left in the kitchen and enjoyed green pancakes for breakfast!

The mess our sneaky leprechaun left!

We had a lot of fun with our St. Patrick’s Day theme! ☘️

If you’d like to see a sample of how I plan out themes for a week check out the Tot School Schedule 🍍 page!

You can also check out a list of this year’s themes on the Tot School Themes ☂️ page!

EVERYDAY a little Grace 🌷

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