(Note: This post was written by KFDC contributor Katie Winter, an educator and local mom of two young children. A brand new regular feature, Bring the Fun Home from… will highlight places around the area, many of them already covered on the blog, and offer ideas to tie in the outing with activities at home. We hope you and your little ones enjoy it! )
Make some Leprechaun Lookers and head over to Green Springs Garden to search for some lucky four leaf clovers along with other neat features throughout the grounds! As the weather warms up and flowers are starting to bloom, Green Springs Garden is an ideal place to visit. The grounds are comprised of 26 different areas, most of them small gardens, but also a historic house, ponds, an overlook, and some delightful surprises. Read this KFDC post for more information about the park. And check out the craft ideas and books below to continue the fun at home after your visit!
KFDC Tip: If you can’t make it to the gardens, have a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt in your own backyard. Hunt for some four leaf clovers or grab these lucky coins and hide them for your little ones to find.
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I’ve rounded up some fun St. Patrick’s Day and spring crafts to try at home. The activities below require minimal materials — most of which you can, hopefully, find around your house.
Leprechaun Lookers from Love Your Littles
Shamrock Craft from A Little Punch of Perfect
Blooming Paper Flowers from the STEM laboratory
Pasta Flowers from Typically Simple
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Books are a great way to expand on children’s experiences. Every few weeks I try to switch out my sons’ books to go along with holidays, current events, and/or the season. I’ve found that this increases their excitement for reading and provides them with more background knowledge than I could have imagined. It’s also an easy way to celebrate those occasions and keep our reading fresh! Here are some books for little ones that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the start of spring.
That’s What Leprechauns Do (Ages 4-7)
Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase (Ages 4-8)
When Spring Comes (Ages 4-8)
There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover (Ages 3-5)
How to Catch a Leprechaun (Ages 4-10)
Baby Loves Spring! (Ages 1-4)
The Tiny Seed (Ages 3-8)
St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning (Ages 4-9)
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring (Ages 4-8)
Spring: A Pop-Up Book (Ages 2-5)
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (Ages 5-8)
What Grew in Larry’s Garden (Ages 4-8)