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.