St. Patrick’s Day Music and Movement Inspiration

For the last month I have been on the hunt for St. Patrick’s Day fabric.  For awhile I thought I was hunting the elusive four leaf clover, or even worse that rascally leprechaun!  I prevailed and finally found a fun print to turn into a balloon ball.  Building lessons and activities around a holiday is one of my favorite things to do with the kids.  So here’s some of what we are doing this year.

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Music and Movement Fun

o many of Bear Paw Creek’s products are rainbow colored, so they fit right in with the rainbow and elusive pot of gold.  One of our favorites to use with the stretchy band or rainbow ribbon streamers is Miss Carole’s “Rainbow ‘Round Me.”  It’s particularly fun to be inside the stretchy band (rainbow) while listening to the verbal cues of raising your colored section up.

Here is a fun list of Celtic songs to get moving with. Use a balloon ball to play hot potato, dance, use movement props of scarves and streamers.

Linda from Rhythm Works Music Therapy shares her ideas and the fun song, “Macnamara’s Band” in this post

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St. Patrick’s Day Art

I attempted to make finger paints for the kids, as it’s been awhile since we’ve finger painted, but either the recipe or the maker had issues! Have a recipe to share you like? Please do!

Instead, we used peppers and potatoes to make shamrock prints.

Potato and Pepper Shamrock Prints Music Movement Literacy Circle Time Home School Activity

Next week we will enjoy making rainbows and pots of gold.  Here is a link from Make and Takes that we will choose from.

Janet is the founder, designer, and one of the seamstresses behind Bear Paw Creek's made in the USA line of creative movement props, and bags. She is passionate about her faith, family, and loves the journey of learning and growing this life provides.

6 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day Music and Movement”

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    I just love all the wonderful movement props that you have! The balloon ball is my new favorite- I can not wait to get one. I just have to decide on what color to get 🙂
    My students love your large scarves. The preK kids ask to use them during every music class.

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    Oh my gosh! I want a St. Patrick’s Day balloon ball!!! LOVE it!! I think balloon balls on a parachute are my kiddos favorite in KinderJam classes. And they also are thrilled when I pull out my stretchy band. Bear Paw Creek has been a wonderful discovery! I don’t have a finger paint recipe but have a fun idea that I do every year in my preschool class. The day before St. Patrick’s Day we color white styrofoam cups (6oz size) with green markers to make leprechaun traps. Yes… Our hands turn green and anything else we touch but hey…green is in this time of year! I was told to not use crayons because we are baking these in the oven and it doesn’t have the same outcome. We use blocks, markers, toys to balance the cups and create traps all around the room. That night I bake the cups in the oven. 350 degrees for just a minute. Watch them and they shrink right down!! I hot glue gold coins to the mini leprechaun “hat”. I leave a note the next day and tell them the leprechauns had a party in our class. They made a mess and danced a jig and turned out traps into party hats.:) Those mischievous leprechauns! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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