Friday, March 9, 2012

What did you say he ate?


Check it out, the leprechaun is chasing Nicole through the rainbow.

I don't ask questions when young mothers of my students bring me Mardi Gras beads. I mean, I know how some women acquire them, but I assume that "my" moms took their kids to the local parade, and probably someone on a float tossed them to their preschoolers. Yeah, we'll just go with that, because I don't even want to imagine the other way these gals may have gotten them.

I am forever making games and new activities for my students. I cut the Mardi Gras beads into different lengths, and we talked about long and short, long-longer-longest and short-shorter-shortest. Then, I cut a mouth hole for the paper leprechauns, affixed them to a water bottle, cut a hole in the back for easy removal of beads, and encouraged the children to "feed" the leprechaun.
Okay, I know it's nonsense, and by the way, I have never seen a female leprechaun, have you? I tell my students that these little guys eat green things. My students brainstorm and we list all of the green things a leprechaun might eat. He'll be visiting our classroom soon.

Holding the strand and using only one hand to drop a length of beads inch-by-inch into the opening is difficult work for little hands, and it is an excellent hand-eye coordination and fine motor task. Think this is fun? Just wait until you see what I have done with Peter Rabbit and his buddies. I'll post photos next week.

14 comments:

Joanne said...

But I thought that's how you get MardiGras beads. Mine are blue fish and a neighbor at a show gave me them for good luck. We both had a good show.

Debra Mayhew said...

I've had that same thought about Mardi gras beads, Linda! And I LOVE seeing all the creative things you do in your classroom. Your students are lucky to have a teacher like you!

Sioux said...

Maybe the leprechaun could stop by your classroom some evening--when the kids and teachers are gone--and drop off a treat for the kids to eat?

That odd, green man chasing Nicole--Is that Bill? ;)

Bookie said...

Oh, the beads...I am now in the years when I get beads to NOT do that!

Clever idea to feed the little Irish fellow!

Bouncin Barb said...

Ohhh this brings back such great memories of those little hands! Thank you for that.

Susan said...

Hi Linda...You are very creative. Looking forward to next week's bun buns! Susan

Autumn Rinaldi said...

I love mardi gras beads and making things with them! Very fun post!

Thisisme. said...

Hi Linda. I just love that last photo of the little girl concentrating so hard with her task. Bless! I've said it before I know, but your little ones are so lucky to have you as a teacher. You really do come up with such great ideas for them to all get involved with. Have a lovely weekend.

Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

You're too cute. You know, I can remember the excitement I felt in my own Kindergarten, watching a leprechaun's boots (one of the teachers, no doubt) from under a door as he filled little paper cups on our desks with green treats. These things make memories that last a lifetime.

Tammy said...

I love how you've taken those possibly-ill-begotten souvenirs and turned them into a fun lesson! She is concentrating so very hard...and learning that learning itself is fun!

Chatty Crone said...

You are so lucky - I miss those days. sandie

Hillbilly Mom said...

I love the rainbow-chasing idea. Maybe I just like little paper people. Because I've also been know to stalk Cathy-on-a-Stick.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

You are so clever!

Lynn said...

Once again, another cute and fun learning project - wish I had had a teacher like you.