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    St.. Patrick's Day Activities
    By Virginia

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    I do this activity each year with my first graders and they LOVE it. Just before St. Patrick's Day I give each child a styrofoam cup and have them decorate the outside of the cup with crayons. I instruct them to completely color the outside of the cup with bright colors that will attract leprechauns. With a permanent marker I write each child's number (or name) on the outside bottom of the cup. Now we have official 'leprechuan traps'. The children set them on their desks before they go home on March 16.

    I collect the cups and bring them home that evening. I put them in a preheated oven (drinking side down) onto a cookie sheet for about 1 minute at 300 degrees --- watch them very closely...they shrink quickly. When the cups shrink, the brim of the cups curl up and you are left with tiny 'leprechaun hats'. They are absolutely adorable. The next morning I place them on the children's desk along with mini-cookies. What a wonderful surprise on St. Patrick's Day morning!

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