Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Although it isn't a major holiday by any means, St. Patrick's Day can be a lot of fun for kids, and educational too. Learn about the history and culture of Ireland, and the origins of the holiday, or maybe write a limerick or two to pull in some language arts to your lesson.

A great exercise in creativity would be to have the kids design their own leprechaun trap. Give them some "found materials" like old egg or milk cartons, twigs, yarn, popsicle sticks, newspapers, etc. and see what they come up with to trap a leprechaun. You can really get some fascinating contraptions from this project and the kids love it!

Have a St. Patrick's Day party to celebrate the day. You never know, maybe a leprechaun will even attend!

Friday, March 1, 2013

winter nature study

You may not think winter is a good time to do a nature study with your kids, but even with the cold temperatures, there's a lot going on in nature, and plenty to learn about. Keeping a nature journal is a fun idea, where kids can keep track of things they see outdoors with their own drawings and descriptions. You can make the journal as simple or as detailed and you'd like, with everything from pencil and paper drawings to crayons, stickers, or oil pastels. There are lots of library books about winter weather, animals in hibernation, how to feed the winter birds, animal migration, and more. The list of possibilities is endless!