Thursday, March 3, 2011

Leprechaun Lunch

Today was a lazy day at home, but a day at home always means we get lots fun of projects in.  Today, in honor of our 'Cows' theme, we made butter from cream (while singing the 'Making Butter Boogie'), and did some more study of St. Patrick's Day with the making of a 'magical' leprechaun mirror and 'Shamrock Pepper Prints,' complete with a special 'Leprechaun Lunch!'  Here are some photos from today:

After finishing the 'T' page of her letter book ...
 The materials needed to make our butter ...
 Pouring the heavy cream into the clean baby food jar, with the clean marble inside ...
 Shake, shake, shake!  (This is when we were singing our 'Making Butter Boogie.')
 We've got butter!  Here, she's spreading her butter on crackers.  (You can add salt and even a little yellow food coloring to make it look more like the butter you're used to seeing.)
 Waving her Irish flag ...
 (She decided she wanted to hold a St. Patty's Day parade with her flag out on the back deck.)  :)
 Making her 'Leprechaun Face Mirror' ...
 She loved seeing herself as a leprechaun!
Our 'Leprechaun Lunch!'  (I am so proud of this!)
 She was so excited!
Making 'Shamrock Pepper Prints' with a green pepper, halved, and green paint!

Today, we:
Letter 'T':
1. We made the 'T' page of our letter book.
1. We read The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.
2. We read Cows Can't Fly by David Milgrim.
3. We read Cock-A-Doodle-Moo! by Bernard Most.
4. We read Mrs. O'Leary's Cow by Mary Ann Hoberman.
5. We made butter, using a baby food jar, heavy cream, and a marble!  While making it (and shaking it), we also sang the 'Making Butter Boogie.'  (If you desire the lyrics, let me know!)  We then tasted our butter on crackers.
St. Patrick's Day:
1. We read St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting.
2. We read The Night Before St. Patrick's Day by Natasha Wing.
3. We read Care Bears: Good Luck Bear's Special Day by Sonia Sander.
4. We made the leprechaun face mirror as seen in Family Fun magazine, March 2011, page 13.
5. We made a 'Leprechaun Lunch' with a fruit rainbow!
6. We made 'Shamrock Pepper Prints' using a cut green pepper and green paint on paper.
7. We discussed (and decorated with) a small Irish flag.
1. We read Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski.
2. We read Big Chickens Go To Town by Leslie Helakoski.
3. We read Guess Who, Baby Duck! By Amy Hest.
1. We read Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? by Tish Rabe.

Check us out tomorrow when we make some 'Clever Clover Cookies!'


  1. Your day seems like so much fun.Making butter sounds cool...we might have to try it in our homeschool soon!

  2. Jessica, she loved it! Here's a hint ... the smaller your jar, the quicker it thickens! And, the marble helps it thicken quicker! Have fun! :)

  3. How fun!!! You are SO creative!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the lunch!!!!!!