Those silly leprechauns. They love to cause mischief especially on St. Patrick’s Day. Some people have awoken to find green footprints spread around their house, confetti strewn everywhere, and their breakfast turned green! If only we could figure out a way to catch them.
It will take some reasoning skills to do it, but I think it can be done. We can build leprechaun traps. Leprechauns love shiny objects, gold, silver, rainbows, coins (real, paper, or chocolate), four leaf clovers, and riddles. It’s best to camouflage the trap so the leprechauns can’t see it. You can use a cardboard box, net, or old cans. Whatever you use, your imagination is the most important element in catching a leprechaun.
Parents, here is a fun letter from a leprechaun that you can leave by the trap in the morning for your child to find.
View Printable Leprechaun Letter
Thank you to my friend Wendy for the picture of the leprechaun trap.
I would be happy to post a picture of your child’s leprechaun trap. Please send the picture to contact @ teacherhelpforparents . com
While reading Family Fun magazine this month, I came across these clever ideas for class valentines. The Family Fun site has directions, templates, etc to make these cards. My favorite is the “Caped Cute-Sader” pictured above.
Here is a Valentine’s Day card that is an actual snap shot of your child with a real lollipop attached as an extra treat.
Card stock paper and old-fashioned candy sticks are the main parts for making this valentine.
Melt old crayon pieces in a heart-shaped cookie tin to make this colorful valentine. I can just see the kids who receive this valentine using the heart to color.
Watercolor Salt Valentines
Mother’s Day Poem Heart Card – Free Brainstorming Printable
Handmade Valentine’s Day Boxes (Valentine’s Day Boxes)
St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Leprechaun Traps
Children can have fun tracking Santa on Christmas Eve at NORAD Tracks Santa and Google Earth. You will be able to see where Santa is through out the night and calculate when he will be close to your home. Use this opportunity for your child to explore time zones (How many time zones are there? Which time zone do you live in? How many time zones away is Santa right now?), geography (Which continent is Santa at right now? Can you find the country he is flying over on a map?), and time (How many hours do we have until Santa is close to our home?).
The NORAD site has a countdown clock with the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the tracking begins. It also has games children can play in the Countdown Village.
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It’s Thanksgiving and the perfect time for your children to express their thankfulness creatively through poetry. One of my favorite forms of poetry for Thanksgiving is a sensory poem. Here’s how to write one:
1. Brainstorm what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel at Thanksgiving. I’ve included a brainstorming sheet below that you can use.
Brainstorming Sheet Print-Save
2. Choose one thing from each category and write it on the appropriate line on the paper below. Also include a final line for “I know that.” It can be any summarizing sentence to conclude the poem.
Rough Draft Print – Save
3. Ready for poetry magic? Cross out the typed words and presto! – instant poetry. See example below. Capitalize the first word of the new phrase and cross out the period at the end.
4. Write your poem on a piece of construction or decorative paper. Include an illustration too.
Enlarged Final Draft Example
5. Share your poem with the world (or at least Grandma and Grandpa). There are many sites that will publish children’s poems for free. Two such sites are Kid Lit and Poetry Zone.
Have you been asked to bring Halloween treats to your child’s class party? Here is a fun idea I came across on the web from Family Fun magazine. They are acorns made out of mini Nilla wafers, Hershey’s chocolate kisses, thin pretzel sticks, and chocolate icing. Package a few together in decorative Halloween or harvest baggies, and you have the perfect treat. You can find step-by-step directions and pictures at the blog From Chapel Hill to Chickenville.