Rainbows and Pots of Gold in Preschool!

There is nothing like an upcoming holiday to get Preschoolers over the moon excited.  One of my favorite ones is St. Patrick’s Day.  Even if you don’t celebrate holidays at your school, or in your home, there are so many awesome themes that can be incorporated into a March curriculum.  The first round up I did was on Rainbows and Pots of Gold.  Enjoy!

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One Artsy Momma’s fruit loop Rainbow

One Artsy Momma creates a super simple but really fun Fruit Loop Rainbow!  I’m sure kids would love snacking away as they create, but this is also a great way to practice sorting colors, following the order of the rainbow, and strengthening those fine motor skills.

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Shamrock Necklace by Mamas Like Me

Still have fruit loops left over?  Try making these awesome personalized Shamrock Necklaces by Mamas Like Me.   Your children will definitely strengthen their fine motor skills as they work to string fruit loops on a necklace.  And what a fun necklace it is!

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Q-tip painting with Make and Takes

I love this adorable and, relatively, mess free Q-tip rainbow painting!  Make and Take taped together q-tips and added paint for a simple way to create the rainbow.  You could use q-tips individually to, but this is a neat way to swipe just like a paintbrush.  And think of how mess free it can be compared to finger painting!

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Pot of Gold from B-inspired Mama`

This is a great little Hand Print Pot of Gold from B-inspired Mama.  Definitely starts to get messy when you add in painting hands, but kids love to see their handprints turn into art work.  If you don’t have the foil wrappers it would be super easy to make the gold coins out of something else as well.

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Pot of Gold from Babble

Here is another, less messy, take on a Pot of Gold from Babble.  Using pre-cut pieces of tissue paper is a super simple way to create the rainbow.  Children will again have the opportunity to sort by colors and follow the pattern of the rainbow.  Instant art!

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St. Patrick’s Day Book Mark from Teaching my Friends!

This is such a simple but adorable bookmark!  Paint chips that you can find at any Hardware store are great for projects.  Children will also get to see the various shades of a color and how the all come from the same family.  You could use hole punches, stickers, stamps, or anything you want really to decorate.  And then a little rainbow ribbon flare at the top, ta-da!  Children would love creating book marks to use!

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End of the Rainbow Twirler by Crafty Morning

There are so many things you can create from paper plates, and this one is great!  Crafty Morning painted a paper plate rainbow style first, and then cut it in a spiral.  Children can have a blast painting, and when it dries, you can help with the cutting.  It would look awesome hanging from the ceiling!

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Streamer Rainbows by Happiness is Homemade

Another great project to hang from the ceiling or windows!  Happiness is Homemade uses half a paper plate, streamers and cotton balls.  Almost all of the materials you probably have hanging around the house!  It’s a simple project with a great end result!  Children of all ages will love the 3D effect and the moveable streamers.

Simple Patty’s Day Decorations

Alright all, letting the big secret out…I’m not Irish at all!  Not even a tiny bit.  But that’s ok, because I still like to celebrate St. Patty’s day!  I don’t usually go all out, considering the whole not Irish part, but decided to do something small this year.

Off to the Target $spot it was!  Look at the goodies I found:

I picked up two $1 tins, .50 cent ribbon, and two sets of hair barrettes for a buck each.  Not bad!

The hair barrettes had the clip seriously attached, so rather than destroy the back I decided to leave them on:

I took the pink and green ribbon off the spool, since they matched the barrettes perfectly.  Attached a dab of hot glue, and started attaching the ribbon:

I added a dot of glue at each corner to make sure the ribbon stayed secure.  When I got to the end, I was short by a couple inches.  Shucks!  Good thing I’m not a perfectionist!

I then attached the pink ribbon in the same fashion, and it was even shorter!  Darn!

I attached the barrette, clip and all, with hot glue…attempting to cover the gap in the ribbon.  That will be the backside, no biggie.

I flipped the tin over and attached the second barrette to the other side.  Ahhh, much better:

I repeated the process with the second tin:

Added some decorative yummy smelling potpourri (is that spelled right?) and spiced up my shelves a little bit!

I love the little touch it adds!  That’s about all the St. Patrick’s Day decorations you’ll be seeing around my neck of the woods.  But hey, everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s, right?

On to other news, my favorite part about working in the public school system is…school vacations!  This whole week is school vacation week, and it feels amazing!  I’m loving getting to sleep in, and get caught up on grad school.  I passed in a fairly large paper this afternoon, and filled my home hours for one student, which means for the rest of the week, I really am on vacation!  Woohoo!

I also finished filing my taxes last night.  Hello $2000 in returns!  Half will go straight to our moving savings, the other half will go straight to the credit card.  That’s enough to pay off the full balance!  Happy Dance!

In even more exciting news, B’s wrestling season is officially done-zo!  While we wish the team made if farther in the finals, I can’t say I’m disappointed to end my wrestling-widow months, and gain my man back!  Happy Happy!

To celebrate/cheer up the bummed coach, we went ice skating this weekend.  I haven’t been ice skating since I was a kid.  Not going to lie, I was pretty nervous about wiping out the entire time.  But I only fell once!  And it was a result of trying to avoid running into a little kid…overall it was fun, and B had a blast!

Here’s a quick photo recap!

Can you tell that mountain man doesn’t shave/cut his hair all season!  Outta control!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week…check back later for some of the fun things I get to finish while I have some time off this week!