Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Spring Activities for Kids





Are you tired of all of the cold and dreary weather? Join me and let's think spring!

The first day of spring can be celebrated with lots of fun activities that kids will love! The start of spring is a good opportunity to educate kids on what spring is all about. Here are some fun activities that you can do together.

Planting Seeds

One of the best spring activities at school or at home would be planting seeds. Encourage kids to select the plant they want, which can be their favorite vegetable or flower. Spring is a good season to start planting and it will be in full bloom in no time. More than the fun associated with the activity, make this an opportunity to teach kids more about plants, such as their uses and the process of growth.

Create Pinwheels

You can never go wrong with pinwheels when thinking of the perfect activities to kick start the season. This is going to be a good way to teach kids to explore with their creativity. Kids can make their own designs using markers and crayons. Once they are done with the pinwheels, give them a brief lesson about wind energy. Another great activity to explore the wind is flying kites.

Make Paper Flowers

Have you ever heard of origami? It is the Japanese art of paper folding. The mere idea might seem complicated, but it can be very easy even for kids. Make sure to provide them with colored papers so the flowers will come out livelier. Start with the very basic techniques so kids will not find it hard to follow instructions. These paper flowers will make good displays, especially as it signals the arrival of spring.

Take a Walk
Spring activities do not need to be complicated. Sometimes, it can be as simple as an outdoor walk or a visit in the park. This is a good way to take a break from classroom lessons. While on the outdoors, make sure to teach kids about what spring is all about and what happens during the season. This is also a good time to play outdoor games and even set up a picnic lunch.

For some fun indoor teaching resources about Spring, be sure to check out my Spring PowerPoint lesson and Four Seasons Activity pack!  

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Five Fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities




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For over a thousand years, the Irish have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Due to the collection of fun activities that are meant to mark this day, more and more people are joining in and celebrating the spirit of the day. St. Paddy’s day is meant to mark the time when St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. The Irish and other individuals from all over the world turn to the 17th of March to mark this religious holiday. Over the years, there have been multiple activities and ways that have been devised to mark this the first day of spring with most of them being especially fun for children. Below we will look at five fun St. Patrick’s Day activities.

Make a Shamrock

It is said that St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the concept of the holy trinity to the Irish. This led to most of the believers back then coming to mass with shamrocks attached to their clothing. Over the years, this has been used as one of the main gestures of showing support for this day. One of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day crafts is the creation of shamrocks. Parents can help their kids make shamrocks using paper and green colored glitter.

Make St. Patrick’s Day Themed Snacks

Green is the main color used to mark St. Patrick’s Day. With this in mind, parents can, with the help of their children make tasty snacks with a green theme. Green popcorn, shamrock shaped pancakes cupcakes and sugar cookies among others. Green colored syrup can be prepared in conjunction with the pancakes.

Catch a Leprechaun

Leprechauns are among the prominent parts of Irish culture. Leprechauns are known to cause a lot of mischief and creating a game where your children are supposed to catch them can be one of the fun and enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day activities. Leave signs of their mischief all over the house to give the children a trail to follow during their search. Little footprints in powdered sugar on the ground, green toilet water... the possibilities are endless!

Attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Attending the local St. Patrick’s Day parade can be a fun and exciting experience for your kids. Most adults, who enjoy this day, attest to having been amazed and hooked as kids when attending the parade. The parade is among the most enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids as they see leprechauns, rainbows, and other fun sights.

Enjoy a Traditional Irish Meal

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick Day than by sharing a tasty Irish mean together with your family. Make a tasty meal ‘Dublin Coddle’ composed of Irish Sausage, onions, potatoes, and bacon or corned beef and cabbage. The best thing about these meals is that they can be slow cooked in the oven while you enjoy other fun St. Patrick’s Day activities with the family.
If you are looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day activity to do with your students, check out my St. Patrick's Day PowerPoint lesson!


I also have a great collection of St. Patrick's Days Activities on Pinterest.
Click the link above to check it out!




Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Giveaway!



Howdy and Happy Valentine's Day!

I am super excited to be part of the Deep in the Heart of Texas blog hop! Texas is a great place to live. We are a people who cherish our freedoms. We have a deep love for God, our country and we always make room for friends, fun and BBQ!

Houston is busy and always full of activity! We especially love the months of February and March because of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! It is exciting to watch the trail riders come into town!  The tradition of trail riding to the Rodeo started back in 1952, when a group of men in Brenham,Texas wanted to raise awareness for the show. Now, we have trail riders from all over the United States and beyond make their way into Houston every February and March. The longest trail ride to Houston is the Los Vaqueros Rio Grande Trail Ride, established in 1973, which is a  386-mile ride from Reynosa, Mexico!




If you haven't made a trip to Texas, you need to come and visit the Houston rodeo!

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