Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St.Patrick's Day Crafts

I love St. Patrick's Day, because I'm 1/4 Irish, and I love Jesus! Here are some fun things I found digging for ideas to use with my preschool-aged girls for this week. Enjoy!
A great poem
First is God the Father, Then Jesus, His only Son. With the Holy Spirit, 
Together, they are Three In One.
(don't know where I came across this originally, sorry!)
Trinity song from ABC Jesus loves me:
 (Tune of "Are you Sleeping?")
God the Father, God the Father 
God the Son, God the Son
God the Holy Spirit, God the Holy Spirit
Three in One, Three in One. has some fun Trinity and St. Patrick art ideas:
(bell pepper prints)
also, a free shamrock Trinity printable:

Why the clover?According to DLTKSaint Patrick used a shamrock to explain about God.  The shamrock, which looks like clover, has three leaves on each stem.  Saint Patrick told the people that the shamrock was like the idea of the Trinity – that in the one God there are three divine beings:  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  

Super cute handprint craft from B.inspired.mama!

Great St. Patrick's Day Story Bag idea, as well as some great history from rhythm of the home
Great File Folder Games here at File Folder Fun

Super cute printables here craftionary!!!

And I leave you with an Irish Blessing:

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Butterfly Effect...Metamorphosis, that is...

I LOVE teaching the life cycle of a butterfly. It is absolutely darling to hear a 2-year-old pronounce "metamorphosis" with authority, and then act out the egg hatching into a caterpillar, wrapping into a chrysalis, and then emerging as a butterfly and flying away.

We found four teeny little caterpillars on a bush and made a new home for them in a vase containing sticks and leaves, covered with some tulle netting. When my husband picked up some fresh leaves for them, he brought home a 5th caterpillar. When we brought some more leaves we didn't see any caterpillars... but a couple days later a teensy little guy appeared, bringing the total to seven! Can you see how this could become the never-ending science project?

This little one was the last to turn into a chrysalis. It was so exciting to watch with the girls!

There he goes shedding his caterpillar-ness!

Our first butterfly!

She's testing out her new wings :)

This butterfly walked onto m hand before she flew away! My 4-year-old begged to let the next one walk on her hand.

Butterfly #2!

(Yes, my girls were really dressed like that when it emerged...)

The release party!

She got her wish!!!