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☘️St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Unit Study

St Patrick's Day Inspired Learning Space

Now that the ❤️️Valentine’s Day is behind us, we are excitedly anticipating ☘️St. Patrick’s Day. It is such an amazing themed holiday unit and a perfect transition from winter to spring!

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Below, you will find all the activities we have done around St. Patrick’s Day, summarized by the areas of study.

 LANGUAGE

IMG_5113See here Books 📚 we are reading for☘️St. Patrick’s Day.

 We also read a few legends about St. Patrick:

  • St. Patrick and the Poison: some people say that a wizard tried to kill St. Patrick by putting poison in his drink. St. Patrick quickly turned it into ice and tossed it from the cup.
  • St. Patrick & his Cloak: it is said that St. Patrick had a friend who borrowed St. Patrick’s cloak. This friend was miraculously saved from the fire, without being hurt, by wearing St. Patrick’s cloak. 
  • St. Patrick & a Shamrock: St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain to people about the Holy Trinity~one God in three divine beings: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Growing at his feet was a shamrock, so he used this plant to explain three in one, one stem with three leaves. 
  • St. Patrick & the Fish: each year, on March 17th, fish rise from the sea. They pass before St. Patrick’s alter in Ireland and then disappear back into the sea. 
  • St. Patrick & the Sunset: it is said that the sun did not set when St. Patrick died and that is shone in the sky for twelve days and nights.

St. Patrick’s Day ~ How People Celebrate:

We learned that on St. Patrick’s Day many people give cards or flowers to their family and friends. People also make cookies, cakes and other goodies to share with others. Some people wear green carnations or pin shamrocks to their clothing to celebrate the holiday. People dance Irish jigs and play games. Pipers and fiddlers play Irish tunes. There are green hats everywhere, people are wearing green costumes, green banners are hung on windows … there is a lot of green – everywhere! People also decorate their houses with shamrocks, a plant with three leaves, looking like a clover. Shamrock ☘️ is a symbol of Saint Patrick as well as of Ireland. 

Did you know?

  • Your odds of finding a lucky 🍀four-leafed clover is 1 in 10,000!
  • 🎩☘️Do leprechauns really exist?! Yes! “You can see a rainbow 🌈 almost every day in 🇮🇪Ireland so you start believing in leprechauns, and so does the 🇪🇺European Union! Leprechauns are officially protected species under EU law! “The Carlingford Sliabh Foy Loop Trail became a sanctuary and protected land for the country’s remaining leprechauns—236 in total that live there — and nearby Slieve Foye Mountain gained protection under the European Habitats Directive, which protects flora, fauna, and apparently, magical fairies.” Read more here.
  • 🇮🇪Ireland has a population of only 4. 8 mil people, so you can drive for hours and not see a soul.
  • harp is a national instrument
  • on St. Patrick day it is customary to attend a mass, wear green and pin a harp with a green shamrock to clothing
  • traditional soda bread’s ingredients are buttermilk, baking soda, salt, flour, and butter and has no sugar or raisins added to it.
Roll the Dice and Count Gold on a Rainbow Montessori Math

See here 🎲 Roll & Count 💰Gold on a 🌈Rainbow

 

Rainbow-Pom-Poms-Sensory-Bin-Subtraction-Kids-Activity

See here 🌈Rainbow Pom Poms ➖Subtraction 🍚 Sensory Bin

 

DSC_0114Color a paper plate, making a rainbow pattern, then cut in half. Roll the 🎲 dice, make a 🔢number from pipe cleaners and fill the pot with 💰gold (we are using these gold coins)! And we love these solid 🎨 tempera paint sticks! They dry in ⏳90 seconds and are great even for smallest 🙌🏻hands. 

 

DSC_0028See here DIY ☘️Shamrock Addition 🔢Counting Activity.

DSC_0052Taking it up a 📈notch by adding three addends 6+2+4 (instead of two in a regular equation) since a ☘️shamrock has three leaves! This simple math addition DIY is super easy to set up: all you need is a 🍀paper puncher and pipe cleaners to make numbers to reinforce 🔢number recognition and proper tracing. Buy a similar shamrock here (same size as we are using ~ 1″) or buy a smaller 5/8″ clover puncher here.

IMG_5116 2See here ☘️ Inspired Four-Leafed Lucky Clover 🍀Montessori 💯 Hundred Board.

DSC_0071See here ☘️Shamrock ✂️DIY ♻️Recycled 🍡Popsicle Puzzle Skip Counting by 🔟s.

 


PRACTICAL LIFE 

DSC_0041Transferring is a basic Montessori Practical Life activity. Present to a smaller child in a shallow bowl and offer to transfer using hands. You can modify, according to your child’s level, and offer different transferring tools: from a spoon to tongs to even chopsticks! (See more on transferring here 🍁Fall 👻Halloween Inspired Tongs Transferring). 

DSC_0041These mini tongs are perfect for little hands to exercise fine motor control and all the green color makes the activity inviting and fun! We are using a green silicone mold (you can also use an ice tray) and styrofoam covered balls (buy gold ones here) ~ you may also use pom poms. Have fun transferring!

 

DSC_0038See here ☘️Shamrock Pipe Cleaner Beads Fine Motor Craft.

DSC_0047Our ☘️Shamrock Pipe Cleaner Beads Craft is decorating our window pane


 SENSORIAL

Plastic Bottle Caps Pom-Poms Rainbow DIY
See here ♻️ Bottle Cap 🌈Rainbow Pom Pom Fine Motor DIY
See here 🌈St Patrick’s 💚Green Kids Home-Made Non-Toxic 💰Slime

 

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Inspired by the 💚Green book, we are also making shades of GREEN today with this DIY rice! Just add a little bit vinegar (we are using a bulb baster for that) and desired food coloring to your dry rice (separate each color in an individual plastic ziplock bag) – mix well, air dry and it is ready to use! Most coloring we used (such as green, seafoam, and turquoise)  are from this liquid dye set for soap. We also used a neon green (with a pointy cap) from this food coloring pack, and the last one: kiwi green was from this liquid soap set.

DSC_0027Did you know that 🇮🇪 Ireland’s nickname is 💚 ‘Emerald Isle’ because of its verdant landscapes and lush 🌱 grass? Also, the color 💚green holds a deeper religious meaning of Catholicism. Green stands for fighting for independence and freedom from 🇬🇧England and to be able to exercise free religious choice. Gold, on the other hand, as seen on the 🇮🇪Irish flag, represents Protestant ruling under the 🇬🇧British Empire, and white stands for hope.

⁉️Did you know that the original color associated with St. Patrick was not green, but blue! Patrick is shown wearing blue vestments in several artworks. It was not until later that the green color became associated with Ireland due to the beautiful green countryside and the above mentioned religious content.

DSC_0093See here 🎩Leprechaun 🍀Land DIY 🌀Hydro-Gels 💚Colored Rice 🙌🏻 Sensory Bin

 

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🌈Rainbow 🔢Math Color Matching Activity

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This 🔢math 🎨sensorial 🌈color matching activity offers a child to practice 🔢numbers recognition and sequencing, numeral to quantity association and color matching. Offer a child to place on the 🌈 rainbow’s color-rays the exact amount of matching color dot stickers: 1 🔴, 2 🍊🍊, 3 🍋🍋🍋 and so forth!  (We are using these amazing Prismacolors pastels.)

 

DSC_0067See here 💛💙❤️Primary Colors, 💦Water & Paper Capillary Action ⌛️Timelapse ⚗️ Kids Science Experiment (🌈 Rainbow Walking Water).

 

IMG_0549See here 🖌Markers ☕Coffee Filters 🌈Rainbow Walking 💦Water ⌛️Timelapse Kids ⚗️Science Capillary Action. 

IMG_5123Read here “How NOT to Catch a Leprechaun” with St. Patrick’s☘️ Glittery Play Dough & 🔤 Alphabet Beaded Pipe-cleaner 🌈 Rainbow.

Leprechauns are imaginary figures from Irish folklore, the size of a thumb, mischievous but hard-working, earning their gold by making shoes for fairies. Leprechauns like nuts and dandelion tea. They live long lives ~ two hundred years is not even considered of age. And, you can only catch a Leprechaun if you happen to have in a possession a very hard to find the lucky four-leafed clover. If caught, a Leprechaun must grant you three wishes, and he might even reveal where does he hide his gold at the end of the 🌈 rainbow.

Some 🌈rainbow activities below:

DSC_0067See here how we made No-Cook Homemade 🌈Rainbow Play Dough. 

IMG_5153 2See here ☘️St. Patrick’s Day 🌈Rainbows from Montessori Color Boxes & Knobless Cylinders. 

 


ARTS / CRAFTS

Marshmallow Shamrock Stamping Kids Craft St Patrick's Inspired

See here 💚Marshmallow ☘️Shamrock Stamping Kids Craft

 

DSC_0033See here ☘️Shamrock✂️DIY♻️Recycled 🚽Toilet Paper Roll 💚Craft

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♻️Recycled🍾Cork ☘️Shamrock 🎨Stamping Art/Craft.

The next time you will be having 🍾champagne, save the ♻️corks and make 👆🏻this ☘️Shamrock craft! Just tie three corks with a green pipe cleaner to represent the leaves of a Shamrock. Then dip your “Shamrock stamp” into the green washable paint and apply to the paper. We used this tempera paint to draw a stem. 

 

IMG_5175See here St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Laminated☘️ Shamrock Puppet Craft.


And, by the way, a Leprechaun ended up visiting us for a quick bite after all. 

DSC_0012Children were super 😜 excited to see that he ate all the nuts we left out for him and drank some of his favorite ❤️️dandelion 🍵tea  (though spilling most of it).  He also left gold dusted 👣 footprints all over and two gold coins. We did not catch him on camera though 😬 leprechauns are quick, shrewd and camera-shy. 

Have you been 🍀 lucky catching a Leprechaun? Have any of your “perfect” traps worked? Leave a comment! I love hearing from you.

 

St Patrick's Inspired Montessori Learning Space

For more on St Patrick’s spirit and to see how we decorate our classroom, see here our 2019 entire St Patrick’s Inspired Learning Space.

 

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See here https://montessorifromtheheart.com/2019/03/17/st-patrick-day-inspired-learning-space-shelfies-montessori-homeschool/  2018 ☘️St. Patrick’s Inspired learning space

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For more details on what we did when Adrian was three years old, read here St. Patrick’s Day ☘️2017 Inspired Learning Space, What is on our shelves, Activities roundup.

A little more history about Saint Patrick ( History channel). See more here.

Did you know?

  • Your odds of finding a lucky 🍀four-leafed clover is 1 in 10,000!
  • 🎩☘️Do leprechauns really exist?! Yes! “You can see a rainbow 🌈 almost every day in 🇮🇪Ireland so you start believing in leprechauns, and so does the 🇪🇺European Union! Leprechauns are officially protected species under EU law! “The Carlingford Sliabh Foy Loop Trail became a sanctuary and protected land for the country’s remaining leprechauns—236 in total that live there — and nearby Slieve Foye Mountain gained protection under the European Habitats Directive, which protects flora, fauna, and apparently, magical fairies.” Read more here.
  • 🇮🇪Ireland has a population of only 4. 8 mil people, so you can drive for hours and not see a soul.
  • harp is a national instrument
  • on St. Patrick day it is customary to attend a mass, wear green and pin a harp with a green shamrock to clothing
  • traditional soda bread’s ingredients are buttermilk, baking soda, salt, flour, and butter and has no sugar or raisins added to it
  • There are no snakes in Ireland! (There are only three types of amphibians in Ireland, some sea turtles, and only one type of reptile – a lizard. It is just too damp and cold for these cold-blooded animals since the average warmest temperature in the summer is about 68F (ave 40-50F ). The winters are grey and damp around 30 to 40F with common frost, but not much snow.

Who was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick gained the title of Patron Saint of Ireland based on his actions, not his birthplace. No one is totally sure where was he born: Englan, Scottland or Wales, but he definitely was not born on Emerald Ilse, as St. Patrick was not actually Irish, but of British heritage. Originally born under the name “Maewyn Succat” around 386 A.D., St. Patrick belonged to a wealthy aristocratic family who owned a large estate. His family were Christians, but Patrick showed little interest in religion, and although his father was a deacon, the future saint wasn’t a religious child at all. It wasn’t until he was kidnapped at the age of sixteen by Irish pirates and taken to the chilly, mountainous countryside of northern mountain part of Ireland to be sold as a slave to tender sheep, that he found his faith. While in slavery, lonely and scared, he turned to his family religion for solace, often praying to God to help him find a way home. Throughout his time in captivity, he became a devout Christian and was encouraged by a voice he believed to be God’s to escape from his captors. He was twenty-two years old he saw a dream calling him to walk to the shore to find a ship to sail back to England to find his parents. Patrick walked 200 miles to the Ireland Eastern coast where he found a passage to the ship which took him back to England where he was reunited with his family after seven years of slavery and separation. Thereafter, he found his calling to become a Catholic priest, so he found his way to a monastery in England where he spent twelve years growing closer to God. However, troubled by the cruelty he had experienced in Ireland and the destruction of his homeland he faced upon his return, he decided to go back to Ireland after hearing an angel telling him to return to Ireland as a missioner. So, after studying to become a Catholic priest, he returned to a country he called a “prison” to teach Keltik Pagan population empathy and respect. He had promised that if people will follow his teachings and accept Catholicism, he will vanish all the snakes from Ireland. And, so he did, as there are no snakes in Ireland. St. Patrick often used a three-leaf plant to explain the Holy Trinity, and that is how “shamrock” became the most recognized symbol of Ireland. The leaves are meant to symbolize the Father, Son and The Holy Spirit in the Catholic Trinity. Saint Patrick used shamrocks to convert the Druids from their Pagan ways to Christianity, by convincing them that the Holy Trinity was present in every lush, green field of their native land. In Ireland, when St. Patrick was introducing Christianity, he used a shamrock to teach the mystery of the Holy Trinity: the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit ~ three leaves on one stem. He tried to explain how three separate entities can yet be one in the same. On March 17, 461, Patrick died. Because Saint Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, we celebrate the day he entered into heaven rather than the day of his birth.

Happy ☘️ St. Patrick’s Day! I would love to know which activity was your favorite during this holiday!

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