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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Luck o' the Irish

Green was the color of the week as we searched for leprechauns and tried to trick them into telling us where their gold was hidden. We listened to some Irish tunes and donned green hats to put us in the mood.
A sensory bin was filled with green shamrocks, gold coins, leprechauns and little black pots. We counted the coins and scooped the green shamrocks into the pots.
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing, gave us some ideas on how to create a leprechaun trap.
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Tale by Linda Shute reminded us of how tricky those leprechauns are. 
We decided a trap made of legos would be our best bet...
We made some leprechaun ladders so it would give those tricky leprechauns something else to do besides get into mischief. We strung green beads, straws and shamrock shapes onto some lacing. 
The leprechauns were quiet on St. Patrick's Day morning, but during quiet time, their shenanigans shined. They turned the water green in the bathroom. They tied our shoes together. The kitchen was an absolute mess. Green shamrocks were spread everywhere and the chairs were tipped. When we got ready for snack, the milk was green and the cheerios for our trail mix was replaced with leprechaun cereal.
The trap was empty of leprechauns, but they left us a map to the pot of gold. 
We followed the clues through a rainbow of colors.
We found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Lucky for us- it was chocolate. YUM!

Green playdough was squished, rolled and cut into shapes.  Plenty of green things were added to spark our imaginations.
Leprechaun magic discovery and exploration...
Jamie O'Rourke was tricked by a leprechaun in Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola.
We did the "Potato Hop" on potato shapes as we chanted, "One potato, two potato, three potato, four, five potato, six potato, seven potato, more! We not only hopped, we skipped, jumped, tiptoed, ran and spun. At times, we dropped in exhaustion!
It was quite the imaginary adventure to the Emerald Isle.

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