St Patty's Day Smiley FaceEnjoying March With Your Kids

 

Although there are no national holidays during March,  it's easy to get your children excited about March.   Since the seaons are changing and the weather is getting warmer, there are more opportunities for your kids to be involved in outside activities.  Also, your children will enjoy celebrating the birthdays of Dr. Seuss and the Star-Spangled Banner.  Both Saint Patrick's Day and Purim are a fun time for kids.  Use the excitement about March Madness to involve your children in learning activities related to basketball. Here are some suggested learning activities for March:

  • • Children can learn about spring through nature walks.  They can record and illustrate the development of buds, flowers and leaves on neighborhood trees and shrubs. Kids like to plant their own seeds, like flowers or vegetables, in small milk containers or clear plastic cups.  They can draw record and chart their growth.

• In most areas of our country, the temperatures increase in March.  Record and graph the daily temperatures for the month to see if the weather is getting warmer.

• Dr. Seuss' birthday is on March 2.  During March, read many of his fun books with your children.  Your children would love dressing up as Dr. Seuss' crazy characters.  They can write their own stories about their character.  

• Introduce your children to the different stories about St. Patrick.  Put together a timeline about the events in Saint Patrick's life. Introduce your kids to Irish tales and traditions.  Although not everyone is Irish, everyone can enjoy Saint Patrick's Day.

• Read a story about leprechauns with your kids.  Some favorites are:Too Many Leprechauns: Or How That Pot o' Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow by Stephen Krensky,  That's what Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting, and The Night Before St. Patrick's Day by Natasha Wing.  Then, children can write a story with illustrations about what they would do if they found a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

• Bake Irish Soda Bread with your kids.  Enjoy corned beef and cabbage.  Don't forget the Irish oatmeal cookies.

• Read the story of Purim together.  Some enjoyable books are Sammy Spider's First Purim, The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale, and A Costume for Noah: A Purim Story.  Children love to wear costumes and masks for Purim.  Of course, Esther and Hamen are favorite costumes, but any costume will do.  Eat Hamentaschen which are triangular-shaped pastries and drink grape juice (instead of wine) to celebrate this festival.

• March Madness parties for children and adults are fun.  Plan games and activities for your kids while the adults are watching the games.  Each adult can take a turn planning and playing a game with the others are watching TV.

Remember, the activities that you choose are not what's important.  Spending quality time with your kids is what counts.  So, make March memorable for you and your child.  Spring into learning!


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