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Rainbows, pots of gold, shamrocks, even a leprechaun beard! We gathered together some of our very favorite easy St.Patrick’s Day crafts from years past to share with you today. We have a few new ideas for St.Patrick’s Day coming up but I don’t want you to miss out on all the fun from the previous 6 years. I couldn’t resist adding in a few from two of my favorite blogs Hands On As We Grow and Teach Preschool.
Puffy Paint Shamrock
Shamrock Window Craft from Hands On As We Grow
Potato Print Shamrock
Shrinky Dink Shamrock Pendant
Spin Art Shamrocks and Rainbows
Shamrock Math and Reading Game
Rainbow Necklace from Hands On As We Grow
Roll A Rainbow Game
Marshmallow Rainbow Craft
Rainbow Bug Hunt
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Play
Comb Painted Rainbows
Abstract Rainbows from Teach Preschool
Play Dough Rainbow Match
As a parent one of the goals I have for my family is to live a well balanced life. To work hard , play hard , eat well , and stay active. Since early 2012 I have had the pleasure of working with Together Counts™ as an Energy Balance Ambassador. As an ambassador I write about family activities, teaching kids about balance and more on the Together Counts™ blog. I also try my best to live up to their mission of an active family and balanced family meals. Last year I shared that I was excited to be running my first half marathon and since then I have run two more as well as many shorter races . I love running but not just because of the benefits it has for my health , I love it because running balances me. It helps me focus, it lets me run off stress, and makes me a better mom. It also sets a great example for my kids.
Like many parents I struggle to keep my children’s diet balanced. It’s not just too much this or not enough that it’s teaching them moderation and to avoid demonizing any one food. I try to teach them that when we focus on energy balance everything is allowed every now and then. The best part of preaching this is that I end up practicing it because they keep me accountable. They can because we try our best to make every dinner a family meal. Family meals are one of our greatest tools for connecting and deeper connections means more opportunity to guide our kids to a healthy balanced lifestyle.
This year my active goal for my family is to get through a hike without anyone whining and for my kids to have fun in all their activities. Every parent gets a little rush of pride when their kid scores a goal but for me knowing they love the physical activities they’ve chosen to participate in gives me a much deeper sense of satisfaction. I don’t care if they win medals or end a season dead last, what I care about is that they love what they are doing . When they are little is the time to test the waters and have fun while they are at it. This year they have asked to do all sorts of things from ballet to basketball and I am ready to cheer them on.
This is how I integrate Together Counts™ and their energy balance mission into my family. I hope you’ll check them out and read more about their mission on their blog , connect with them on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest .
If you are a frequent reader you might know that I am not a huge Seuss fan. It’s not that I don’t like him or his books it’s just that I didn’t grow up reading them and never developed a deep connection. We own a few of his books and enjoy them but I don’t have a huge selection of Dr.Seuss activities to share. Luckily I know a lot of amazing bloggers and when I asked them if they had any links to share I was overwhelmed with a seriously wonderful collection of activities. Here are 55 of the very best Dr.Seuss activities for kids. The book titles are affiliate links to Amazon.com.
My son loves spelling because like math it’s either right or wrong. However I want to find dynamic ways to work on spelling especially making words not just memorizing how to spell words. His Connect Four game caught my eye and I decided to transform it into a spelling game. The way we played is not the only way you could play this game and we are missing a bunch of pieces so we had to account for that as well. I may hit up some garage sales this summer to find extra ones for more spelling games like this. This is part of our Learning After School series that is packed with posts that are fun and playful ways to learn after school.
We kept score of what words we created. In our version you could NOT use the other color’s letters for your words but plan to play that way later. I think that would be a much faster paced game and probably would have been even more fun. This was good but slower paced and more thoughtful.
Here are a bunch of spelling activities for kids to browse.