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Here are some little snap shots of what we have been up too this week in the lead up to St. Patrick’s Day. In celebration of our National Holiday I have included some really cool Irish folklore bedtime stories that you can print out and read to you little ones.

Please note other than copy and pasting the text into one document, I take absolutely no other credit in the creation of these stories. Each one came directly from http://www.irelandsmythsandlegends.com

Click this link to download and print Short irish stories for children

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These little leprechauns were so simple to make and the finished product its completely adorable! A little orange paint to create hand-prints for the beard and a little glue and green glitter on a simple hat shape. Use a photo or print one out and taadaa… your very own cheeky Leprechauns. The giggles had in both creating and looking at the end result for the children is great.

 

 

Another simple craft, draw out a lucky 4 leaf shamrock, and let the kids decorated with any green items you may have, glitter and glue, crayons, markers, stickers, pencil colours.

 

Is it even St. Patricks Day without a little face-painting! I used Snazzaro facepaints here and they are widely available in Choice stores!

 

With older children share some of these fun facts about Ireland while they are busy creating!

  • The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia.
  • The Guinness Brewery in St. James Street Dublin has a 9,000 year lease
  • The Titanic was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • In 1447, mustaches were illegal in Ireland.
  • An odd Irish birthday tradition is to lift the birthday child upside down and give his head a few gentle bumps on the floor for good luck. The number of bumps should allegedly correspond to the child’s age plus one.
  • The national symbol of Ireland is the Celtic harp, not the shamrock
  • Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, thanks to its lush greenery
  • The St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland on March 17th which is a national holiday
  • Although set in Scotland, most of the battle scenes in the 1995 film Braveheart were filmed in Ireland.
  • The river Liffey runs through the centre of Dublin and is 75 miles in length

 

Some simple Irish to teach at home:

  • Phrase: Thank you
    Irish: Go raibh maith agat
  • Phrase: Hello
    Irish: Dia dhuit
  • Phrase: How are you?
    Irish: Conas tá tú?
  • Phrase: My name is Amanda Rispin
    Irish: Amanda Rispin is ainm dom
  • Phrase: What is your name?
    Irish: Cad is ainm duit?
  • Phrase: Today is Sunday
    Irish: Inniu an* Dé Domhnaigh
  • Word: Monday
    Irish: Dé Luain
  • Word: Tuesday
    Irish: Dé Máirt
  • Word: Wednesday
    Irish: Dé Chéadaoin
  • Word: Thursday
    Irish: Dé Déardaoin
  • Word: Friday
    Irish: Dé hAoine
  • Word: Saturday
    Irish: Dé Sathairn

 

Have a wonderful weekend celebrating!

Panda x

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