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by Gina Salazar, AD
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MARCH ACTIVITIES
Irish Blessings:

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be always at your
back...

May god bless us with happiness,
May love and faith abide...

May your neighbors respect you,
and troubles neglect you...

May your pockets be heavy and
your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each
morning and night...

Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one is listening,
and live each day as if it were your
last.
Some fun Links for
March:

Activity Idea Place: St. Pat's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Billy
Bear

Black Dog's St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Links

Clover Green and the Seven
Leprechauns

St. Pat's Crafts and Coloring
Pages

St. Patrick's Day Activities

Squiggly's St. Patrick's Day
Activities

Irish Checker Game

St. Patrick's Day Theme and
Activities

St. Patrick's Stories

St. Paddy's Day Puzzle

Teacher's First St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Games

St. Patrick's Day Games and
Activities

St. Patrick's Day in the Classroom

Kid's Domain St. Patrick's Day
Fun

St. Patrick's Day Activity
Resources

St. Patrick's Day Activities
March Word Game

Ask your residents to name
items that are
GREEN.

Here are a few:

ivy
broccoli
grass
cactus
celery
lime jello
frogs
shamrocks
leaves
mint
parsley
lettece
dollar bills
apples
spinach
turtle
olives
peas
beans
zucchini
BABY FOOD JAR
GARDEN:

Materials Needed:

ASK STAFF AND FAMILIES TO
BRING IN BABY FOOD JARS.
ONCE YOU HAVE ENOUGH FOR
EACH RESIDENT THEN YOU
WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING
ITEMS:
SMALL STYROFOAM PIECES
(TO FIT IN JARS)
HOT GLUE GUN
SMALL DRIED SILK FLOWERS

Directions:

HAVE ACTIVITY STAFF
OR VOLUNTEERS GLUE THE
STYROFOAM PIECES TO THE
BABY FOOD JAR LIDS AND LET
THEM SIT OVER NIGHT TO DRY.

THEN PASS OUT LIDS TO EACH
RESIDENT AND LET THEM
ARRANGE THEIR FLOWERS
AND STICK THEM INTO THE
STYROFOAM PIECE,
THEN SCREW THE LIDS
ON THE JAR AND FLIP OVER
TO SHOW OFF THEIR NEW
INSTANT SPRING GARDENS.
Leprechaun word game:

Have your residents make different
words out of the word
LEPRECHAUN......

Here are a few that I
came up with:

preach
leap
era
hen
launch
hear
near
peer
lunch
clear
pear
nuclear
lean
ear
unreal
cheer
earn
ace
run
pearl
reach
cup
cheap
lap
eel
chap
churn
ROOM VISITS:

Make a sensory stimulation
box for March using
the following items:

*shamrocks(use different
textures,felt,construction
paper,silk,etc.)
* Irish lace
*pictures of Ireland
*Irish cream candies
*a"blarney" stone(any type of rock)
*a C.D. of Irish music
*pictures of spring flowers
*"gold"coins(they sell chocolate
gold coins that look pretty real)
from your pot of gold
What's Cooking?

Scalloped Irish Potatoes

Ingredients:

6 potatoes,peeled and thinly
sliced.
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 chopped onion
2 cups milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Place all items in a large, greased
casserole dish,stir until all items
are mixed in together, cover with
foil, bake
at 350 degrees for 1 hour,remove
foil,
bake for 15 minutes more.
Serves 12 people.
Enjoy....
"Green" Trivia :

Which one of these is a
shade of green?

1.Cerulean
2.Chartreuse *
3.Vermilion

A green thumb is:

1.A first time hitch hiker
2.Someone who is good at
gardening *
3.A rock group

A person who is green
around the gills is:

1.A lover of seafood
2.Happy
3.Nauseous *

A green horn is:

1.A musical instrument
2.A person with little or no
experience *
3.A french pastry

Which one is not a
green vegetable?

1.Celery
2.Potato *
3.Watercress

Which one is not a green fruit?

1.Grape
2.Lime
3.Cantalope *

The slang "Greenbacks"mean:

1.Football players
2.A terrible disease
3.U.S.Dollars *
St. Patrick's Day
Cupcake








It's not far to the gold at the end of
this rainbow-topped Emerald Isle
cupcake, just the thing for your
lads and lasses on St. Patrick's
Day.

• A cooled cupcake
• Grass-green frosting
• Several flavors of Airheads
candies
• A pot's worth of gold coins

Step 1:
To make one, first top a cooled
cupcake (baked from your favorite
recipe) with grass-green frosting.   

Step 2:
For the rainbow, use a large,
heavy knife (parents only) to cut a
long, narrow strip from each of
several flavors of Airheads
candies (this is sticky stuff, so
work on waxed paper). Lay the
strips side by side, press them
together, then cut the ribbon of
strips in half to make two
rainbows.   

Step 3:
Curve each one into an arch and
trim the ends as shown. Set one
rainbow upright on the cupcake
(save the other for another
cupcake) and deposit a pot's
worth of gold coins at one end. If
necessary, place a gold coin
behind the rainbow for support
WHEN IRISH EYES ARE
SMILING

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING,
SURE IT'S LIKE A MORN IN SPRING,
IN THE LILT OF IRISH LAUGHTER,
YOU CAN HEAR THE ANGELS SING,
WHEN IRISH HEARTS ARE HAPPY,
ALL THE WORLD SEEMS BRIGHT
AND GAY,
AND WHEN IRISH EYES ARE
SMILING,
THEY STEAL YOUR HEART AWAY.
March Dates to Celebrate:

AMERICAN RED CROSS MONTH
NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH
NATIONAL NOODLE MONTH
NATIONAL PEANUT MONTH
FOOT HEALTH MONTH
NATIONAL FROZEN FOOD MONTH (see link below)
NATIONAL SAUCE MONTH

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:

DR.SUESS 3/2 - Website:http://www.seussville.com/
ALEXANDER GRAMM BELL 3/3
LOU COSTELLO 3/6
LAWRENCE WELK 3/11
LIZA MINNELLI 3/12
ALBERT EINSTEIN 3/14
JERRY LEWIS 3/16
NAT KING COLE 3/17(see trivia below)
MISTER FRED ROGERS 3/20

Click on the link below to get some fun history / trivia about Frozen Food:
Green Giant.com

March craft idea:

Shamrock Sprout:

Materials Needed:
small sponge for each resident
shamrock pattern
grass seeds
black sharpie marker
bowl
water
scissors

Instructions:
1. Use the marker to trace the pattern onto the sponge
2.Cut out the shamrock shape
3.Soak the sponge in a bowl of water
4.Sprinkle grass seed heavily onto the sponge
5.Place your shamrock in a bright,sunny spot,check daily and keep the sponge
damp with water
6.Look for sprouts in about 1 week
This activity is very easy for any resident to do. Have fun....


SPRING FRESHNESS

Transform a garden sprinkling can into a
scented room accent. Place a
Renuzit® Air Freshener inside to add
a pleasing aroma to your room.

Materials Needed:
The Dial Corporation Renuzit®
LongLast® Adjustable Air Freshener
7 1/2" tall blue and green garden
sprinkling can
One pair multi-colored, striped
gardening gloves
One child's green spade
One child's yellow hoe
One orange artificial Hydrangea stem

Instructions:
1) CREATING ARRANGEMENT: Referring to photo, arrange gloves, with
"fingers" sticking up out of can top, hoe, rake and flower stem in garden
sprinkling can, leaving center open for
Renuzit® air freshener.

2) ADD AIR FRESHENER: Place opened Renuzit® Air Freshener into a garden
sprinkling can in center of arrangement. When gel is depleted, replace with a
new air freshener.

Want More?

If you enjoyed this quick and easy project, think of all of the possibilities there
are to turn additional containers into decorative as well as fragrant accent
pieces.

Start by choosing a container from around the house, in stores or at garage
sales and flea markets. Keep in mind that the container should be at least
61/2” tall and 3” wide to accommodate a Renuzit® Air Freshener. Containers
could include baskets, boxes, jars, pencil holders, tall mugs, tin cans,
glassware, etc.

Containers can be used, as is, to hold the air freshener or they can be
transformed with paint, paper, beads, wire, raffia, etc.

Place items that coordinate with the container and room setting (silk flowers,
wash cloths, miniature garden tools) in or around container. Tuck an air
freshener in the container and your project is complete.

For additional ideas, check out the “Decorate with Fragrance®” book at www.
renuzitcrafts.com to learn more than 30 clever ways to create fragrant accents
for your home.

Nat King Cole Trivia:

Nat “King” Cole conquered the pop charts in the Fifties and early Sixties as a
warm-voiced singer of orchestrated ballads like “Mona Lisa” and
“Unforgettable” and breezy, countrified sing-alongs like “Ramblin’ Rose” and
“Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” Less well known is the fact that he
played a mean piano (in the style of Earl “Fatha” Hines) and led a swinging jazz
trio from 1937 to 1955. Cole’s drummerless trio was an innovation, and no
less an authority than Count Basie marveled at their improvisational interplay:
“Those cats used to read each other’s minds—it was unbelievable.” Early
stirrings of rock and roll can be detected in such swinging, lingo-filled tunes as
“Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66,” recorded in
1943 and 1946, respectively, by the King Cole Trio. With its three guitars,
honking sax and gritty vocal, the 1957 hit “Send for Me” (#1 R&B, #6 pop) was
formally as close as Cole ever got to rock and roll.

Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1919 and
christened Nat “King” Cole by a Los Angeles clubowner in 1937. As both a jazz
pianist and pop singer, he made his mark on the middle decades of the 20th
century. Cole’s transformation from jumpin’ jive to pop balladry came in 1946,
when “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” became a million seller for the
King Cole Trio. When his first orchestrated number, the definitive version of Mel
Torme’s classic “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You),” became a
seasonal hit that same year, there was virtually no turning back. The Fifties and
Sixties found Cole recording with various orchestras, including Nelson Riddle’s
and Billy May’s. While his work from this period shared little with the rock and
roll revolution that was under way, Cole’s broader influence on the idiom as a
musical pioneer and as a popular star is undeniable.

Nat King Cole's Biography...

March 17, 1919
Nathaniel Adams Cole is born in Montgomery, Alabama

1937
Cole forms the King Cole Trio with guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Wesley
Prince.

1940
The King Cole Trio records its first sides for the Decca label.

November 30, 1943
Cole’s first session for Capitol Records yields the classics “Straighten Up and
Fly Right” and “Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good to You?”

June 8, 1946
Cole’s recording of “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” enters the R&B chart, where
it will peak at #3. Later that summer, it becomes a pop hit as well, just missing
the Top Ten.

June 10, 1950
“Mona Lisa,” a ballad that Cole initially didn't like, reaches #1 and sells 3
million copies.

August 17, 1951
Cole records “Unforgettable,” which reaches #12. Forty years later, Natalie Cole
overdubs her voice onto the original, creating a father-daughter duet that nearly
charts as high.

July 1, 1957
“Send for Me,” Cole’s most overtly rock & roll-oriented number, enters Billboard’
s R&B chart, which it will top for two weeks.

December 1, 1957
Cole hosts the 64th and final episode of The Nat King Cole Show, a 15-minute
weekly variety show aired on NBC-TV. It ends for lack of national advertisers
willing to sponsor a show hosted by a black man.

September 15, 1962
“Ramblin’ Rose” reaches #2, becoming Cole's highest-charting pop single. It
also hits #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #7 on the R&B chart.

February 15, 1965
Nat King Cole dies of lung cancer.


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