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Shamrock Collages

Collages are a great way for children to creatively express themselves, and a simple way for mothers and teachers to incorporate learning. With these shamrock collages, descriptive words were used to point out various aspects of the materials. We talked about their colors, shapes, textures, compositions, and patterns.

There is an everlasting supply of collage materials. However, it is all about quality and organization. Whether if it’s in an activity or in an art center, a thrown together mishmash of miscellany is unlikely to a inspire a preschooler’s creativity. Be sure to use a method – for example, paper stacked neatly on a shelf, a container for glue bottles and sticks, a bin for recycled materials, and another for buttons and pom poms, and so on. Presenting these things in an orderly fashion will aid children in recognizing artistic possibilities. Here I’ve used a plastic compartment serving tray to display these green goodies.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Glue
– Scissors
– Our free printable shamrock template
– Fabric scraps
– Feathers
– Pom poms
– Tissue paper
– Sequins
– Sequin shamrocks
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks


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St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

The sensory bin center, in my classroom, is always one of the most popular. Children are drawn to the bright and interesting materials that the bin holds.

This particular bin is geared towards rainbows and St. Patrick’s Day. The base is rainbow colored rice (click here for tutorial), and I have added a variety of St. Patrick’s Day eye-catching materials. Feel free to use whatever you have around the house. A large plastic receptacle, such as a dish washing tub, makes a great sensory bin for home use.

MATERIALS USED:

– Any suitable container
– A batch of rainbow colored rice
– Pom poms
– Sparkly shamrocks
– Feathers
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Sequin shamrocks
– Shovels
– Tweezers
– Cups

This activity is enjoyable for preschoolers. It will also provide them with a sensory experience, and encourage them to use their fine motor skills. Talk with the children about how the various items feel as they handle them, and encourage them to use not only shovels to pick up materials, but tools such as tweezers, as well.


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Rainbow Rice

As mothers and teachers, we are always looking for interesting, useful ways to teach in both the classroom and at home without spending a lot of money. This coloring technique fits the bill.

Rice, pasta/macaroni, rock salt – this method works for all of it. It’s easy, mess free and, most importantly, inexpensive! Why color these items? Well, because there are a plethora of learning activities that they are just dying to be a part of, that’s why! In this instance, I was looking to put together a St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin, and I wanted a rainbow colored base.

MATERIALS USED:

– White rice
– Washable water colors
– Ziploc baggies

Fill the baggie with the amount of rice needed. Carefully drip/pour the watercolor into the bag and over the rice for the desired effect. Seal the Ziploc and carefully massage and manipulate the baggie so that the rice works its way into the rice properly, giving you your desired outcome. Be sure to let the rice dry thoroughly (in the Ziploc) before use. Happy coloring!


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