Thursday, March 11, 2010

Finding the Pot o' Gold

Yesterday I created a St. Patty's Day scavenger hunt for the children. I started the endeavor by crafting  mischievous leprechauns for each child. I used this tutorial from the wee folk arts blog.


Next I made fabric "sacks" of gold from black fabric squares filled with Rolos and tied off with shamrock ribbons. I found this great pot o'gold idea from the make and takes blog.


I then hid the leprechauns with their gold pots in my closet in front of a beautiful rainbow crafted by O.

Next I wrote out 20 clues for finding the gold and hid them throughout the house.


T had to read the clues aloud to O and then they searched for them together.

To say this was a hit would be an understatement.  My home was filled with squeals of delight as the children ran from clue to clue.  At last my little treasure hunters discovered the gold.  

The pot's of gold did not last long...it's hard to be frugal when there's chocolate involved. This activity was a wonderful way to get T to practice his reading without him realizing it. On each clue I tried to include words that T needs to practice or words which correlated to our recent phonics lessons. You have to love homeschooling subterfuge.  I have many more St. Patty's Day activities and crafts planned...I love St. Patty's Day and I'm not even Irish:)

3 comments:

Lorrie said...

Love this idea!!! I have something similar planned...but may have to "borrow" some of your crafty ideas. :)

Kimara@weefolkart said...

I love a great scavenger hunt! What a super idea for St. Patty's Day. Your little gnomey leprechauns turned out great :)

Anonymous said...

You are however, Scottish. Close enough