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St. Patrick's Art Therapy

With St Patrick's Day fast approaching we decided to theme this weeks Art Therapy around St Patrick's Day!

We have lots of stations going on throughout our Art Therapy session but this is our favourite one.

Station 1
We had green jelly which the children got to play with for trying new textures with their hands.

Station 2
We had a huge piece of blank paper on one table with green pencils, green felts, green chalks and green crayons where students got to do some mark making with whatever they wanted to use.

Station 3
Green tray - we had a 'green tray' which was filled with green glitter and different green objects. Students used their hands and objects to dig around in the glitter to find the different objects.

Station 4 - as shown in image above
This is always the most popular station. We used different foods to paint with to make shamrocks on the pieces of paper. We used cut up peppers and pretzels so that when they were pressed down onto card it was made to look like shamrocks! This station is always a great way for us to get the children introduced to different foods and handling them.


St. Patrick's Rainbow Cupcakes

As many of my blog followers will know - we love to do some baking in our class, and this week we have been doing some St. Patrick's themed baking ready for our Leprechaun Party!

So, these cupcakes may not be perfect but our kiddos were able to do the majority of it independently, so we are super impressed of how they turned out.

To save time, we actually bought some pre-made plain vanilla cupcakes from the local store. Then we made up some blue icing and used this on top of the the cake. Then, we used some vanilla buttercream icing and made two blobs on either side of the cupcake. We had bought some rainbow stripe fizzy sweets which we cut up into small pieces, then placed each side onto the buttercream icing and pushed up so that it looks like a rainbow!


Leprechaun Paper Plate Craft

Today we have been making these adorable leprechauns out of paper plates..

These look super cute hung up around the classroom and are definitely getting us into the spirit of celebrating St. Patrick's Day!

You will need;
  • Paper plate
  • Hat template
  • White card
  • Black marker
  • Green felt
  • Shamrock template
  • Black ribbon
  • Orange paint
  • Green paint
What you need to do;
  1. Paint the outside of the paper plate orange (turn it upside down so that you get all the grooves on the outside)
  2. Use the hat template to cut out the white card. Then paint this green. Leave to dry.
  3. Once dry, cut the black ribbon into a strip and stick it onto the hat. 
  4. Use the shamrock template to cut out the green felt, then stick this onto the black ribbon of the hat.
  5. Now, stick the hat onto the top of the paper plate.
  6. Use a black marker pen to draw eyes, nose and mouth on the leprechaun.
  7. Finished.

St. Patrick's Gold Coins

We're getting in the St. Patrick's spirit in class and have made these adorable coin holders.

So, to make these is actually real simple, even though they look super great!

You are going to need:
  • Paper plate
  • Black paint
  • White card
  • Paintbrush
  • Gold card
  • Scissors
  • Shamrock template (if you want)
  • PVA glue & glue stick
  • Gold glitter
  • Green glitter
What you need to do:
  1. Fold your paper plate in half, then cut out a circle of it so you will end up with the gap in the middle as you can see in the photo.
  2. Paint the paper plate all black then leave to dry.
  3. Cut out some circles (coin shapes) out of the gold card.
  4. Use a shamrock template (if needed) to cut out a shamrock from white card. Then use some glue and green glitter to decorate the shamrock and leave to dry.
  5. Glue the bottom of the hole on the paper plate and add some gold glitter and then stick down the gold coins.
  6. Glue the shamrock onto the middle of the paper plate
  7. Finished.


Valentine's Day: Sensology

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, including this blog, you will have seen me mention before about our sensology sessions that we take part in, in class. The kids absolutely love these sessions and they are really progressing well after regularly taking part in our weekly sessions.

Here's a brief overview of what our sensology sessions look like:
  1. Hello Song 'Say Hello, Hello, Say Hello, Hello, Hello (insert name here and wave), Hello (another name and wave etc - go around the whole group).
  2. Scented Hello. Spray a freshener smell (we put a little bit of scent into a water bottle and fill with water too) then spray it above the pupils so that they can smell the scent, then say hello.
  3. Look in the mirror. Hand out small mirrors to everyone and play a song about looking in the mirror or body. Encourage students to make faces into the mirrors, recognise different features on their face.
  4. Use your nose. Put some smells into small pots, hand them around the students one by one to smell. We usually theme these - for Valentine's Day we used a chocolate cake scented yankee candle (not lit), flower scent. We use a 'nose' song from youtube.
  5. Use your mouth. Tasting session - encourage students to their own individual abilities, some may only smell, some may touch, some may lick, some may put it in their mouth for a certain amount of time then spit it out, some may eat it, just go with the students and help them to steadily progress. For Valentine's Day we had heart shaped crackers, heart shaped sweets and slices of cheese cut into hearts. We use a 'taste' song from youtube.
  6. Messy Play. Put something messy into a tray and hand it around the students. We use a 'doodle' song from youtube. For Valentine's Day we mixed it up a bit and put water, red glitter and red hearts into the tray. Sometimes we use foam, dry sand, wet sand etc.
  7. Wash and dry your hands. The hands will be dirty after messy play so now it's time to wash and dry your hands, we have a tune which we sing along to - "wash those dirty hands, wash those dirty hands, wash them, wash them, wash them, wash them, wash those dirty hands" for drying just replace wash for dry and dirty for clean. A tray of water is passed around the students with some fun hand soap, they wash their hands, then they dry them with a towel.
  8. Hokey Kokey. For this we all go and stand in a clear area of the room, with the hokey pokey song playing. All the staff and students take part in this, it's a great way to get students to recognise left/right and different parts of their bodies.
  9. I feel good. You know the song "i feel good, du du du du du du" that's the one we have a bit of a sing and dance to. Staff blow bubbles for the students to dance with too - they love this bit!
  10. Finale. We have a soft glistening song played in the background, a big, glittery star is passed around the children and they each get complimented for something great they did through the session - good sitting, good tasting, good smelling, good dancing etc.


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