hands-on st. patrick’s day fun!

Toddlers and preschoolers learn best by getting their hands dirty — literally! Play and learning at these ages are all about activating the senses. Here are some fun ways to celebrate the luck of the Irish with the KneeBouncers in your life.

Leprechaun Handprint - (cool) progeny

Hand Print Leprechaun
Make a leprechaun out of construction paper, some googly eyes and your child’s handprint. It’s a great opportunity to get messy, talk about shapes (an early math skill!) and create some new wall art. Find the tutorial on (cool) progeny.

Rainbow Rice Treasure Hunt - Modern Parents Messy Kids

Rainbow Rice Treasure Hunt
Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like searching for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Create your own rainbow rice and send your little one on a gold coin treasure hunt. Talk about color identification and let them dig away (which builds fine motor skills). What a fun  idea from Modern Parents Messy Kids.

Candy Necklace - Paper & Cake

Candy Necklaces
If you’re interested in treating the kiddos, try crafting your own couture green necklaces (thanks for the idea Paper and Cake)! Your child will love using ‘real candy’ and beading is a wonderful way to help foster fine motor skills. If the idea of all that sugar makes you crash like a 3 pm snack slump, try using green pasta noodles, rainbow fruit loops or large beads.

written by

L. Elizabeth Forry 

L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with fifteen years of classroom teaching experience. She earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of North Dakota and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and one in Music from Lebanon Valley College. She has taught children in Japan, Washington D.C., Chicago, and suburban Maryland. She is trained as a reading therapist, has a TEFL certification, and has done extensive work with children regarding mental health, social-emotional development, gender development. She has written curriculum for children and educators and has led training sessions for parents and educators on various topics on early childhood development. She is the mother of two boys and resides outside of Annapolis, Maryland.

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