St. Patrick’s Day Fun for Preschoolers
Celebrating holidays with your preschoolers is so much fun and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception! Often around this magical time, preschool teachers use Lucky Charms cereal to do some sorting and graphing activities in the classroom. If you have a box at home, you can create a few fun games using Lucky Charms. In fact, you can even create your own Lucky Charms Catapult!
How to make a Lucky Charms Catapult
Of course, this game is double the fun with some makeshift pot of gold targets. You can use paper drinking cups, gold play dough or black playdough pots, saucers, gold stickers on paper. You name it. Green inspiration can be anything!
Build a Leprechaun Trap
All this sweet cereal fun might lead your preschooler to thinking about traps for leprechauns. We found these darling ideas on Thebestideasforkids.com, and noticed that with just an empty toilet paper roll and some Lucky Charms, a simple trap might be built tonight in advance!
EVERYONE Loves Our Play Dough
The color of the month at preschool is green. So many of our parents ask me for our home-made playdough recipe due to its soft texture and long-lasting stamina. Best of all for Mom’s, our playdough recipe does not crumble and make a mess under the table. Today, it might be fun to have your little one help you mix up all the ingredients for our homemade playdough. Add some green food color, and wall-ah… you will have a great activity for today and hopefully a few more days as we hang together in our family homes this week. Often, we add some Jell-O or Kool-Aid to our playdough recipe so that it smells special.
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablspoon vegetable oil
What to do to make Homemade Playdough:
In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, and 1/3 cup of salt (the salt keeps it from sticking and helps preserve it).
Next, add 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Turn your burner on medium/low and stir. It will be a little lumpy and that’s fine
Before it starts getting thick (this is going to happen fast, so be ready) you want to add whatever color food coloring you want. If it gets too thick before you add it, it’s hard to get an even color.
Add the color and stir! Keep stirring, it is going to start thickening up. This could take anywhere from 30 seconds-2 minutes depending on how hot your pan/stove is.
Remove dough from pan and place on wax paper to let it cool about a minute. Begin to knead it, and it will become warm and smooth.
Store in a Tupperware or Ziploc bag.
Saint Patty’s Rainbow Fruit Plate
Party snacking can also be mostly healthy snacking. I found this adorable rainbow fruit plate on a website called Nobiggie.com. This photo from their website got me to thinking about how many of our preschoolers would be super excited about this snack today. Yes, I do see some marshmallows and Rollo candies on the plate. Just tell your little ones, those are for Mommy and Daddy!
If you decide to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at home tomorrow, we would love to see your photos! Please post them here on our website or send them to me in email. firstname.lastname@example.org . Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone. Stay warm and healthy. We miss all of you!