Friday, March 30, 2012

March in the Great Green Room

I’ve been picking up quite a few holiday picture books this year, but it will take a series of posts to share them all. Here’s what I put together for the month of March. These books and activities were ideal for my two year-old grandson:


Super fun read-alouds too!




Illustrations by Ethan Long


The St. Patrick's Day parade is off to a very fine start.

The Leprechaun family is marching with lots of heart!

Share in their dancing, share in their fun.

You'll have the luck of the Irish when this day is done!


Top o' the morning! It's March 17th, and the Leprechauns are gathered for their favorite day of the year. Join them as they celebrate St. Patrick's Day with music, dancing, and a parade!

Check out this whimsical spread:





And did you know...

In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps:


So we made a vest out of construction paper!



Rum-a-tum-tum!



Here are the directions:

Make a quilt topper out of various shades of green construction paper, but glue the edges instead of sewing. Use your child's shirt to trace a vest pattern out of the quilt topper. Cut out one front and one back piece. Glue these pieces together at the shoulders and side panels. I turned under the bottom hem, but this isn’t necessary. Let your child add the patches of scrap paper and shamrocks after the vest has had time to dry. My daughter loaned us the costume hat and tie.


Next up:



A Shamrock Matching Game!


(Click here for more ideas.)





Illustrations by Amy Wummer


It's the night before St. Patrick's Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they're shocked to find that they've actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?


There were lots of creative leprechaun traps in this adventure, but the one in this spread caught my eye:



Here's our version:




I used free clip art online to make patterns for the rainbow, cloud, pot of gold, circles and shamrocks. I cut each piece out of construction paper and card stock. There are two different widths and prints of green ribbon for the bow hanger. I also added a small circle of Velcro on the black pot to catch a “wee Irishman” on Saint Patrick's Day. LOL!


And then we marched into the great green room:



Illustrations by Clement Hurd


In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room--to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one--he says goodnight.

I can’t take credit for this last activity:







(Click here for the directions.)


Note: I changed the cover and interior of the file folder.


Stay tuned for more holiday goodies...

Easter's on its way!

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