Fun Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day: SitSpots!

Leprechaun SitSpot Footprints Close Up & Gold
 

In case you have never heard of them, SitSpots are pieces of extremely strong, bright colored velcro cut into lots of fun shapes and forms, designed by a super nice, hard working Kindergarten teacher, just like you and me!  Once you stick them down on the carpet and they “set” for about three days, they are VERY hard to remove.  So they can be used for TONS of different things.  The activities are only limited by your imagination!  Here are my ideas, and since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’m including mostly just pictures! (FYI, I do get commissions for the SitSpot links mentioned in this post!)

 

St. Patty’s Ideas with SitSpots!!!

These are footprint shaped SitSpots in green, placed around the room, and leading to a pot of "gold." (I spray painted some rocks with gold spray paint!)
These are footprint shaped SitSpots in green, placed around the room, and leading to a pot of “gold.” (I spray painted some rocks with gold spray paint!)
 

Just imagine how excited the kids would be to walk in on St. Patty's day to find these little footprints everywhere! I think that they would work at Christmas time, too, for the Elf on the Shelf activities!
Just imagine how excited the kids would be to walk in on St. Patty’s day to find these little footprints everywhere! I think that they would work at Christmas time, too, for the Elf on the Shelf activities!
 

A friend asked me if I went around my backyard collecting rocks. Well, NO! I actually went to Home Depot and bought an open back of rocks that was spilled and only about half full. I hoisted it into my cart and rolled it to the register and asked if I could buy it at half price since it was only half full, and they said YES. :)
A friend asked me if I went around my backyard collecting rocks. Well, NO! I actually went to Home Depot and bought an open back of rocks that was spilled and only about half full. I hoisted it into my cart and rolled it to the register and asked if I could buy it at half price since it was only half full, and they said YES. 🙂
 

I think that these SitSpots could easily be used to mark off a space for a learning center, too! I used a Sharpie paint pen to write letters on some of my golden rocks. The idea here is that the children match up the letter pairs and then put them in order.
I think that these SitSpots could easily be used to mark off a space for a learning center, too! I used a Sharpie paint pen to write letters on some of my golden rocks. The idea here is that the children match up the letter pairs and then put them in order.
 

I spray painted the rocks gold, and then wrote the letters on with a black Sharpie paint pen. Then I added a red line to the bottom of each one to help the children know which side is "up."
I spray painted the rocks gold, and then wrote the letters on with a black Sharpie paint pen. Then I added a red line to the bottom of each one to help the children know which side is “up.”
 

I hope that you will be able to use some of these ideas, even though there is not much time before St. Patrick’s Day!  If it is too late to order for this year, just cut the footprints out of green paper and tape them down.  Get the SitSpots for next year and save them!  I had a team mate that used to paint green footprints all over the room, and then spent a good hour after school that day trying to scrub them off!  I joined her in that adventure a few times, and then I decided I didn’t have time for the scrubbing. I would MUCH rather invest in some SitSpots and never have to do that again!

 

Leprechaun Craftivity Freebie from HeidiSongs
 

This CUTE leprechaun craft is a free downloadable pattern for you! He’s the same leprechaun that you see in my “Green Song” from Sing & Spell Vol. 2 and Colors & Shapes!  Check it out; it’s adorable!  This version is on our Colors and Shapes DVD, which is fully animated with authentic children’s artwork.  So cute!

 

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About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
  1. Wow! These are very, very cool! My ideal Spring Break would be someplace warm up in the mountains with a good book. I would love to take long walks and go fishing every chance I could! Maybe I will make that happen this Spring Break! It’s only 2 weeks away!!

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  2. I love the ideas for these cute little things! My spring break fun will be catching up on some reading and sleeping in!

  3. following the feet would be a fun activity. Spring Break on a warm beach sounds great as we are having our 10th snow day!

  4. First year teacher here and I spent way too much on a rug that just doesn’t work! These would be perfect for many different spots in the classroom!

  5. I love these!
    My favorite spring break spot is my couch or my patio. I don’t get to travel as much and I would like to but if I could it would definitely be some place warm!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I bought these recently and love them! They get used mostly for sitting spots, but occasionally I change it up and do some type of game with them either with vocabulary words or math facts. I’d love to have a set just for our games. My favorite Spring break spot is my house so I can relax and recover from the business of the weeks before. 🙂

  7. I would love to use these with my firsties! My favorite spring break spot would be on a beach somewhere but I’ll be at home instead 🙂

  8. Would love to own this product but so many options to choose from. I’d love to give it a try though. My favorite spot for Spring Break is right at home in Florida resting up for the next 3 months work. Kindergarten takes a lot out of a old gal like me.

  9. How fun! I am so in love with these spots I cannot stand myself! My kids are constantly in each others’ business (and space)… this could just be the magic ticket. Spring break: ANY where but Michigan…. we are on snow day #12.

  10. These would be so amazing to have. Next year I will be a first year teacher at a private school and they do not have the money to afford carpets for each classroom. These would be so perfect. I would absolutely love to win this gift. Oh, and Spring Break….definitely Florida.

  11. I went to Antigua a few year ago and it was amazing! This year I just want to be somewhere warm after this long and terrible winter! 🙂

  12. For spring break, I love anywhere that includes a beach!
    I loved reading all of the great ideas y’all have come up with for using Sit Spots in your classrooms! I’d looove to have a set!! 🙂

  13. My favorite Spring break spot is at home with my kids.
    I’d like bright red and bright green circles.
    Thank you for an awesome giveaway.

  14. I got these when I saw her in Vegas. I love them. My advice is to get something not pointy. I have stars (they maybe suns in the brochure). My points don’t stay down as well after vacuuming. I’ve had mine on the floor since the beginning of the year. They are still in their spots, just the edges are starting to fray up a bit. I love them and had others order them and love them. As for Spring Break, looks like home.

  15. The spots are fabulous! I love spring break in the Texas Hill country camping and hiking with all my boys – there are 5 of them and then there is my awesome hubby too!

  16. Perfect timing as I have to give back my borrowed carpet at the end of this year! This will actually fit all of my kids and the washable factor is irresistible!

  17. My favorite spring break spot is wherever my family is…either hiking in the Sierras or relaxing on the couch. Even a day of snow boarding at Heavenly if we still have snow is great!

  18. I can’t wait to try these! For spring break I would love to go to the Oregon coast, where I got married last summer. 🙂

  19. These look wonderful!!! So many uses!!!! My favorite Spring Break place (or pre Spring Break depending on when it falls) is Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day. We go every year and it’s always so much fun!
    Julie

  20. Sit Spots Look Awesome! So many uses! My favorite Spring Break spot is Florida! Love the break from the cold harsh winters of New England! :o)

  21. Now this idea is ADORABLE! Very creative, indeed! My next favorite spring break destination (I’ve tried to name a different one on each blog I have visited…phew, this is exhausting!) would have to be all the imaginary places my kids and I take vicariously through the books we read & discuss (or watch movies of!) during our week together:)

  22. My ideal Spring Break spot would be somewhere warm by the beach…however my break will be spent doing homework for grad school 🙂

  23. I love your idea for the Sit Spots. This is so cute. I would love to pair this with the Silly McGilly book and doll. The feet are awesome. Love it !! I am going to order these for my home!

  24. My favorite place to lay in the sun and forget about the never-ending snow in Indiana is Treasure Island, FL. I have been going here for 15 years with my family. SitSpots would be such a great addition to my classroom management plan in my classroom as a new teacher! 🙂

  25. The spots look cool and would go great in my polka dot room! My favorite place to be for
    Spring Break is at home. I always have projects I need to complete, plus I can eat a leisurely breakfast everyday!

  26. What a fun St. Patrick Day idea… spring break is just around the corner- what a surprise if I had a set of SitSpots for my students when they return!

  27. Forgot my favorite Spring Break spot – we never go anywhere, so I’m going to say staying at home and not having to commute!

  28. I absolutely love this! I am currently a student teacher and will be a first year teacher this coming fall in Texas. I am starting to collect “classroom stuff” now so that I am not running around like a chicken with its head cut off during August .. well, at least not as much! 🙂 These are a must have!

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