Monday, March 11, 2013

Shamrock Transfer Activity for Toddlers

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Have you noticed that toddlers love to put things in and out of containers?  Well, give them a few St. Patrick's Day themed items and you have yourself a super easy, and inexpensive, holiday activity.

K transferring shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day from And Next Comes L

  • Plastic containers, 2 or more - I used individual serving sized applesauce containers from my recycling bin.
  • Cardstock shamrocks - Foam ones, which you could probably find at the dollar store or craft store, would work great too.  Mine were only about 1" tall, so great for practicing those fine motor skills.
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Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut up numerous shamrocks out of cardstock for the various St. Patrick's Day activities that I have planned for the week.  I placed some of them into a recycled applesauce container to let K explore them.  He ended up creating a shamrock activity all on his own.

K, who is now 18 months, instantly started pouring the shamrocks from container to container, picking up any strays that may have missed the container.  He happily transferred them back and forth for quite a few minutes.

There was also some dumping and filling of the containers - a favorite pastime of most toddlers. That is, he would empty out the container onto the table and then pick them up to refill the container.

St. Patrick's Day shamrock transfer for toddlers from And Next Comes L

St. Patrick's Day shamrock transfer for toddlers from And Next Comes L

Shamrocks in a plastic cup from And Next Comes L

Instead of shamrocks, you could try using plastic gold coins and black pots for some more St. Patrick's Day fun.

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Toddler-friendly shamrock transfer activity for St. Patrick's Day from And Next Comes L