Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Amazon: Live Butterfly Garden Only $11.99 Shipped

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

I just bought this Live Butterfly Garden marked down to ONLY $11.99 (no longer on sale) for my kids! They're 3 (almost) and 4 1/2.  This kit comes with a relatively easy-to-assemble observation chamber; supplies for feeding the butterflies (you provide only sugar and water); an informative booklet of clear instructions and butterfly facts; and a certificate for three to five free painted lady caterpillars! Your kiddos will actually be able to watch the metamorphosis from larva to butterfly which takes about three weeks. They can then release the butterflies after a few days of observation!  Perfect time for Spring.  Easy science activity! It currently has 297 reviews with 217 of them 5 *'s.

Monday, March 21, 2011

St Patrick's Day!

We did some pre St. Patrick's Day activities today since I don't know if I'll have time to do them tomorrow.

My 4.5 year old did this cute leprechaun hat worksheet.
She traced the hat, colored, cut out the shapes and pasted them onto the hat.  To make it a little more interesting I wrote surprise messages or designs in each shape using white crayon. When she colored the shapes the surprise "magically" appeared.

Leprechauns are little Irish fairies. A leprechaun looks like a small old man about 2 feet tall. He dresses like a shoemaker, wears a hat and an apron.
Leprechauns are believed to be aloof and unfriendly. They live alone, making shoes for other fairies. According to legend, the leprechaun posses a hidden pot of gold. You can track down a leprechaun by the sound of his shoemaker's hammer. If you can catch him, you can force him to tell the whereabouts of his pot of gold. However, you must be careful. You must keep your eye on him every second. If not, the leprechaun will trick you and disappear. Your hopes of find his pot of gold vanishes with him.
Have you ever wondered what is at the end of a rainbow ? Well, legend has it that the leprechaun's pot of gold is hidden at the end of the rainbow !!

My daughter also colored and cut out a blank Ireland flag.  From left to right the colors are Green, White and Orange. She then cut the flag out and we taped it to a stick.