St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! I love fun, little, low maintenance holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the BIG holidays, too, but there is just something about these little holidays that make my milk turn green.
St. Patrick’s Day. When I told my 3 year old that a little leprechaun is going to come to our house soon and we have to build a trap to try and catch it, he got a little nervous. I had to tone it down a bit. I thought he would have LOVED the idea, but you win some you lose some, right?? But as soon as I told my 3 year old that this leprechaun is going to turn our toilet water, milk and other food items GREEN, he was all for it! (His favorite color is green, and he thought it was pretty hilarious that we would go to the bathroom with bright green water in the toilet. What 3 year old wouldn’t be excited about that?)
Alright, let me get to the point of my post now. Shamrocks and paint samples. Oh yes. I have been having these beautiful and glorious paint samples sitting in my craft box for a few weeks now just wondering what to do with them. When I thought about the holidays coming up, like St. Patrick’s Day, I knew I wanted to do something fun and educational with them along with the theme of the holiday. That is where I came up with these beautiful and colorful shamrocks! I went to the store to see how much a shamrock hole punch was in the size that I wanted. I couldn’t believe how pricey they were! I went back home and drew a couple of different shamrocks on sticky notes. When I finally drew one that I liked, (it took about 9-ish attempts) I cut it out and traced it on all of the paint samples and cut all of those babies out by hand. Oh yes, my friends, I was feeling pretty accomplished- hand cramps and all!
Aren’t they BEAUTIFUL?? I could stare at them all day long.
After I stared at them for a bit, I decided that I should probably put them to good, educational use. The first activity I had my 3 year old do was sort them into piles in their specific colors. As my little guy was doing this, he had an observation. He observed that each color had a lot of the same color. I then taught him that is called different shades. He thought that was pretty cool!
This activity helped with color recognition, sorting skills, fine motor skills and observational thinking! He really loved this activity!
After doing this activity for a bit, he wanted to move on to another activity but wanted to keep playing with the colorful shamrocks. So I came up with the idea of color equations! “What color + what color = what color?” Oh my goodness, he LOVED this activity! He’s so interested with colors, it really makes our activities colorful!
As you can see, we did:
blue+yellow=green, red+blue=purple and yellow+red=orange.
There are lots of different activities you can do with these paint sample shamrocks. I’m excited to play with them more soon!
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