St. Patrick's Day Fun!

A few weeks ago, I started blogging for Syosset Patch. Here is my St. Patrick's Day post:

Sunday, March 17th is St. Patrick's Day! Time to drag out your green and have some fun! There are so many activities on Long Island that take place between now and St. Patrick's has a great list of local parades. Hofstra University will be hosting an Irish Festival on Sunday, March 10th that includes Irish dancing, food, and crafts. If you're not in the mood to go out and celebrate, never fear! There are so many books, crafts, and recipes to help you enjoy the day. Here are some of my favorites:
Baby/Toddler Books - Check out the displays in your local library for more wonderful selections! 
St. Patrick's Day Countdown by Salina Yoon
The Story of Saint Patrick's Day by Patricia A. Pingry and Pamela R. Levy 
Children's Books
St. Patrick's Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine and Patrick Soper 
St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting and Jan Brett
One green shamrock, in the morning dew,'
Another one sprouted,
and then there were two.
Two green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree;'
Another one sprouted,
and then there were three.'
Three green shamrocks, by the cottage door;'
Another one sprouted,
and then there were four.
Four green shamrocks, near a beehive'
Another one sprouted,
and then there were five.
Five little shamrocks, bright and emerald green,'
Think of all the luck
these shamrocks will bring.
I happen to love rhymes that include counting. You can pretty much find one for every special day. There are a bunch more St. Patrick's Day songs and rhymes at Perpetual Preschool.
Bell pepper four leaf clover stamps - Head out to the grocery store and pick up a bell pepper. Slice it through the middle, horizontally. Press the pepper into green paint and then onto your paper. You have a perfect four leaf clover. All you need to do is add the stem! 
Froot Loop Rainbow- While you're at the grocery store for the last project, pick up a box of Froot Loops. Ask your child to sort the Froot Loops by color. When they are sorted, they can glue them to the template. If you or your child aren't a fan of Froot Loops you can also do this with Skittles or Rainbow Colored Marshmellows. (Any leftovers provide a tasty rainbow colored snack!)
For an endless supply of St. Patrick's Day crafts, visit Parent Teach Play.
One of my favorite activities that I did with my early intervention class on St. Patrick's Day was have a  "Gold Toss". I picked up a black cauldron around Halloween and made bean bags from gold felt and dried beans. The kids took turns tossing the gold into the pot like a Leprechaun. 
Need more game ideas? Visit Preschool Education.

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