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Lucky Heart Clovers: A Fun Language Activity

Lucky Heart Clovers: A Fun Language Activity

Are you feeling lucky?  St. PatriHeart Clover Language Activityck’s Day is just around the corner and even if you don’t paint your face green and believe in leprechauns, it is the perfect opportunity to talk to your children about how lucky they are.  Chicago Speech and More recommends making a “Lucky Heart Clover” for a fun language activity.

Making a craft with your child is great for vocabulary development.  Crafts encourage use of sequential and temporal vocabulary words (first, next, then, before, etc.).  St. Patrick’s Day also has a lot of unique vocabulary words.  Think: clover, leprechaun, rainbow, gold… For a larger list visit: St. Patrick’s Day Vocabulary Words.  I love making holiday crafts and my favorite St. Patty’s Day project is the “Lucky Heart Clover”.  It is easy, educational, and most of all fun.  All you need is green construction paper and some glue.

To get started, trace 3 hearts and a stem on green paper.  Depending on your child’s ageHeart Clover Language Activity and ability level, either cut the shapes out for them or have them do it themselves.  The next thing you need to do is set up the hearts to act as clover leaves.  I put the stem down and glue the hearts on-top.  Work with your children to place the hearts and help them with the glue.  Make sure you explain to your child what you are doing using temporal, sequential and positional vocabulary words (first, next, then, last, before, on-top, under, next to, etc.).  Have them repeat the steps back to you and/or retell you how to make the craft.

Once you have assembled your “Lucky Heart Clover”, it is time to talk to your children about why they are lucky.  Many children take for granted all that they have.  Maybe they’re lucky because they have: a Wii, an iPad, a best friend, a brother or sister, wonderful parents, great teachers….the list goes on and on.

After your child decides what makes them lucky, it is time to start writing.  You can adapt Chicago Speech and More’s “Lucky Heart Clover” however you would like this is how I set mine up.  On the first leaf (heart to left when facing craft), I write “I am”and on the middle leaf I write “lucky because”.  The third and final leaf (heart to right when facing) is where you input what makes you lucky.  As always, depending on your child’s age and ability level you might have to write the message for them, have them trace it, copy it and/or provide lines for them to write on.

Stand back and admire your St. Patrick’s Day craft.  Don’t forget to have your child read their message to you.  Who knew hearts could turn into clovers?  For more holiday activities please visit Chicago Speech and More’s blog archives.

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