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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Goodie Box Printable FREEBIE !


Look at this adorable Easter Goodie Box I found! 
This was created by Lindsay Riches and you can download it from her blog HERE

Monday, March 29, 2010

Our Easter Craft Day Preparation

This is one of our huge craft day celebrations.
We are trying to come up with appropriate music that will help us celebrate this craft day as well as foods that are considered indigenous to this holiday.We are going to be making

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Adorable Sock Bunny Craft

What an adorable easy craft that can be done with any lonely socks that are missing their ....directions are HERE

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fun Spring / Easter Craft for the kids

Found this fun Spring / Easter craft on Family Fun's website.  You can get the how-to by clicking HERE

Monday, March 22, 2010

Today is World Water Day!

What Can We Do?
Here are some simple water conservation tips from environmental advocacy group The Nature Conservancy: (title is linked to website)

•Take shorter showers, and leave the faucet off while brushing your teeth.
•Install water-efficient appliances such as a low-flow toilets and front-loading washing machines.
•Quickly repair leaky pipes and faucets, which are responsible for water loss of 40 to 60 percent in many cities.
•Have your car professionally washed. Washing it at home typically uses 15 times more water.
•Water your lawn or garden in the morning or evening when the water will evaporate less quickly.You can find more information about this day by clicking HERE

Friday, March 19, 2010

The St. Patty's Party


What a phenomenal day. Woke up to a beautiful day and we started a good stout Irish Stew in the crock pot to cook all day and made a nice traditional Irish Soda Bread. This was awesome, the kids loved that it was cooking all day. The house smelled fabulous.

We played some traditional Irish/Celtic music all day to create a beautiful atmosphere in the house. All of us wore crazy Irish motif hats. This was fun just in the novelty of wearing these big fun hats. The kids really liked their hats.
And Let the Games Begin…..

The kids were asked to create their own Leprechaun Traps using every day household items. They came up with some really cute ideas and we displayed them under a real life size leprechaun we hung on the wall.

We created a really fantastic scavenger hunt for the kids. We used a lot of facts about Irish Folklore in the rhymes of every clue. The clues were rolled up and tied with a green ribbon and hidden all over the yard. They started this off by reading their first clue that we gave to them and then the race was on. They found each clue that lead to the next clue in the hunt until finally the hunt culminated in the kids finding pots of gold. This was so fun and was fabulous to watch the kids finding each clue and figuring out where to find their next clue. What a great use of decoding skills for the kids as well as learning some fun facts about Irish culture and folklore. This was truly fun and enjoyable for everyone. We all had a great time.


Tablescape

This was truly our most beautiful tablescape yet. The table was set with a clover tablecloth. A runner of moss ran down the middle with three pots of glittering clovers evenly placed along the runner. We then placed moss covered rocks on the runner and strategically placed loose clovers. The place settings included individual bowls in the shape of clovers for the stew. We used a see through green plastic cup to hold homemade green mint milk shakes, topped with clover shaped straw. At the one end of the table we placed a four tier plate holder which held the Irish soda bread, rainbow cupcakes with clover cookies, a black cauldron with the Stout Irish Stew in it and a punch bowl to hold the moss green punch. This meal was so yummy and great to sit down to after the scavenger hunt.


Decorations

Other then the tablescape we had clovers hanging from the windows, green beads hanging on our chandelier, a huge homemade rainbow with a pot of gold at the end of it. The Rainbow was made out of lots and lots of colored tissue paper and cardboard.  We had life size leprechauns on the walls and displayed the leprechaun traps that the kids made under one of them.


This was a truly fun, enjoyable, educational and active day for all of us.

As for the kids, they used decoding and strategy skills during the scavenger hunt as well as reading and learning many many facts from Irish folklore. They listened to music that is culturally considered Irish in nature. They heard the variety of instruments used in such music such as the fiddles, harps and dulcimers. They had traditional Irish food that is indigenous to Ireland. Like all of our craft days to celebrate holidays this one was filled with ambiance, food, facts and just plain fun.

The Leprachaun Traps the kids made:


Moss Rocks:


The Irish Stew with Soda Bread:
The making of the rainbow cupcakes:

The Moss Green Punch:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day

You can grab this image HERE


We love St. Patrick’s Day. This is a holiday that can be celebrated by everyone. “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s day”. Every holiday we celebrate is infused with some culture, many crafts and loads of ambiance to really get a feel for the holiday and culture behind the holiday as well as just plain having fun. The kids love this holiday!


For the food, this year, we are going to make an Irish Stew with homemade Irish Soda Bread and Green Lime Jello Punch. The dessert is Rainbow Cupcakes along with a Green Mint Chocolate Shamrock Shake.


We are going to set the Tablescape with flowerpots filled with clover on a runner of moss and we have made a huge rainbow for our mirror and a pot of gold to sit under it. We have shamrocks all around and a few huge leprechauns to finish off the surrounding.


The activities this year will include creating Leprechaun Traps, Celtic Scavenger Hunt that will be loaded with Irish Folklore facts and Irish Music all day to surround us with the added ambiance.

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