Following our Europe unit, it was easy to segue into a week celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I had loaded up on goodies after last St. Patricks’ Day when every item was 70-80% off, which helped a lot with having less to plan. But there were loads of great free ideas I found on Pinterest and, as we did last year, we had fun visits from the leprechaun each day, who we sadly never managed to catch despite setting up an awesome trap! I will say that there aren’t as many items out there about St. Patrick himself, which is disappointing, but there are loads of goodies on leprechauns, clovers, and rainbows. This was a short unit due to a last minute trip to Atlanta for a class my husband was taking, but we spent those two Atlanta days visiting the Fernbank Museum and Atlanta Botanical Gardens, so they ended up being very educational days despite not being as focused on St. Patrick.
Along with learning about the normal St. Patrick’s Day stuff, we also spent a day focusing on the science of rainbows, and here the Magic School Bus Rainbow kit came into helpful play! The kit contained at least 10 different activities, so the kids had a blast learning about rainbows and color mixing (not a surprise since Aria is such a huge fan of science experiments).
On the Sunday of St. Patrick’s Day, the leprechaun came to visit and took the kids on a fun scavenger hunt around the house to “Bag of gold” at the end of the hunt. The girls loved eating their chocolate coins and spent the whole week laughing about the silly leprechaun. They really bought the leprechaun peeing in the toilet to turn it green too, which was funny for us to watch as parents! What a fun week of silly fun learning all about St. Patrick’s Day!
P.S. My best advice for the week is still to check out the clearance section of your local craft store after the holiday. You might even luck out and find stuff for 90% off, which means you could be paying mere cents for activities!
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Jessica and Ana
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