On the First, Warm, Sunny Day…

Daffodils three


On the first warm, sunny day
What did I see?
Three tiny daffodils
Too shy to look at me.

In all the muddy, melting yard
I saw only three
Tiny yellow daffodils.
But they did not see me.

They huddled all together
Underneath a tall tree.
Three golden, bowing heads
Too shy to look at me.


From Year-Round Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Celebrating Holidays and Seasons  


Fun Family Activities for Spring


Indoor Herb Garden

The daffodils in our yard waited until one day after Easter to bloom this year. 

We live in an area of the United States that stays cold fairly late into the spring.  We won't be planting anything outdoors until the threat of frost is gone.

But we have been growing herbs in our kitchen window. 

We found a kit by Buzzy, that made it fun and easy.   And now we are enjoying watching the green plants turn toward the sunlight as they grow.  

Bird Watching:  Feed them, and they will come!

Even in the cold, a fun outdoor project is feeing birds.   I'm experimenting with making smaller versions of this birdseed wreathbirdseed-wreath_thumb I found on Infarrantlycreative.  

There's nothing like the joyful riot when the birds find your feeder.  

If your family can't have house pets, for some reason, this is a good way to invite animals into your life.  The birds will find the food you leave for them, and return day after day.  




Keep a Bird Log and Contribute to Science

We are learning a lot about the different kinds of birds that come to our yard.  It's quite a research project to identify each kind of bird.

Your bird log can be as simple or fancy as you like.  Just be sure to record each bird you identify and the time and date you see it.

There are some great on-line resources to help you get started.  The picture of the bird log comes from a post of Go Explore Nature that was written the week of The Great Backyard Bird Count.  By next February, your family will be experts at identifying the birds in your own back yard, and you can help scientists by recording your observations on line all year!

Let Me Hear From You

What do the first, warm sunny days of springtime make you feel like doing?  Share your ideas for fun family projects!





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Legend of the Leprechaun


My husband’s family on his father’s side comes from Ireland.  So naturally, Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes:  Celebrating Holidays and Seasons had to include a poem for St. Patrick’s Day. 

My Lucky Leprechaun

I dreamed I heard a leprechaun
Just before I woke
The morning of Saint Patrick’s Day
And this is what he spoke:

“I’m from the hills of Ireland,
A magic land of green
Where shamrocks grow on river banks
And rainbows can be seen.

‘Tis said at every rainbow’s end
There lies a pot of gold,
But it’s always in the distance,
Something you can never hold.

“Unless you know a leprechaun!
And then, he’ll let you keep
The pot of gold to dream with
Every time you fall asleep.

“So on this fair Saint Patrick’s Day
Remember, and take heart.
For now you know a leprechaun
And your good luck will start!”

I woke and sat up straight in bed.
And through my windowpane
I saw a shining rainbow through
A sparkling morning rain.

Far out in the distance
I could see the rainbow’s end.
And I’ve never lost that golden dream
Or the leprechaun, my friend!

Rainbow end from my window







Building a Leprechaun Trap

The poem above is the closest I have ever come to catching a leprechaun.  Which is just as well, because, just like rainbows and dreams, a leprechaun would be very hard to keep. 

Leprechaun Trap from MollyMoo.ieHave you ever built a leprechaun trap?  I hear that even though a leprechaun almost always gets away, they love to leave you messages, and sometimes let you know they’ve escaped by teasing you with “golden” chocolate coins.

So I figured, I would need the help of an EXPERT.   And who would know more about leprechauns than MollyMoo, an award-winning IRISH blog? 

And check out the other great ideas for St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for kids.

Keep the Story Alive

Kids can keep a record, in writing or pictures, of making, setting up and checking your trap.  Note the exact time you find any evidence that a leprechaun has been in the area.  On St. Patrick’s Day, write up the story of what happened, and share it with the family for Read-Aloud Time!Girl writing



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