Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Crafts that will Melt Your Wintery Heart

These spring crafts speak for themselves.
You hear it, right?  The "oooh!" and the "aaaw!" and the mewling high-pitched "mmmm!" that comes from somewhere deep in your gut.

I hear it in my 5-year-olds.  That tells me we're hard-wired from a very young age to react to baby chickies, bunnies, and big wiggle eyes.  Let's take a closer look.
 Uh-huh!  Bunny baskets and plastic grass...

...hand-print bunnies, newspaper bunnies, drizzled-paint bunnies, and photo-face bunnies; Minion eggs, shaving creme eggs, egg ornaments, plastic egg flowerpots; thumb-print blossoms, and magazine butterflies...

...and above all chickies...

Chicks rule!

Come on, let's take a trip over the rainbow, and wade knee deep in a pot of gold...

...chickies.  I've collected some of the best, most beautiful spring pins around.  

I call it my spring craft museum.  So let's blast our favorite music and take a walk-through!  Let the oohs and ahhs begin.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Best St. Patrick's Videos for Kids

St. Patrick's is all about the jig, stories, singing and laughing.
St. Patrick's Videos - Teacher Ink
Here are some of the best St. Patrick's videos for kids:

1)  Counting with a Leprechaun - Irish rap song that gets kids all caught up, counting their gold by 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's, with Silvana Macri.  There are other versions, but this one takes the cake.  (3:09) Addictive verses start: 
I'm a lucky, lucky leprechaun, a thousand and one years old
And at the end of the rainbow, I count my lucky gold...
2)  Leprechaun's Gold - Old-Fashioned classic Irish Tale of leprechauns and a little boy who wants their gold.  It's a 1949 Disney-style Noveltoon that will stand the test of time!  (9:24)

3)  Dr. Monster: The Leperchaun - Yes, Leper-chaun.  A fast-paced, freewheeling, animated rap song by LilDeuceDeuce that's as sophisticated as the listener, and entrancing to a five-year-old. (2:39)

4)  St. Patrick's Day For Kids - An Irish Jig song that traces the story of the real St. Patrick, with images of St. Paddy's parades, kids with shamrocks, and cartoon images of St. Pat's life.   (1:55)

5)  St. Patrick - Super cute, funny and cool, cartoon informational video of the life of St. Patrick, narrated by a non-Irish foreigner, possibly from India; by dcnorton (8:36)

6)  Popeye the Sailor Man: The Leprechaun - Popeye and his spinach, an evil witch and her vulture, adorable leprechauns with their pot 'o gold...and a ship.  What's not to love?  (5:09) is a great source for videos.  Many schools block YouTube, so you’ll have to use free online software, such as, a YouTube to MP4 converter.  This is best done at home.  Then you can bring the MP4 on a flash drive to view at school on your SMARTboard or computer.

If you'd like a rousing, hand-clappin', foot-stompin' St. Patrick's Jig--with dance instructions--it's here.  Hello, brain break!  And not just on St. Paddy's day.  Add your own tambourines, chimes and drums for extra fun.
If you'd like to add a St. Paddy's drama for the kids to enact, complete with leprechaun hats, and mini-leprechaun dancing puppets--plus creative writing prompts and gorgeous St. Paddy's writing paper--here's the total St. Patrick's Day Fun experience.
For full lessons on How to Catch a Leprechaun, with shamrock-shaped paper for a gorgeous display, try this.

Top o' the mornin' to ya!