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Unit Book: Let's See Ireland
Begin the unit by reading this book together - and no worries if you don't have the book on hand, I'll read it to you! Watch the video below.
Additional kid's books about Ireland:
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Find Ireland on your globe or wall map. Here's a printable world map your child can use to identify and use a colored pencil to fill in Ireland. HINT: keep this map and color each new country you explore a different color!
Virtual Field Trip: Go to this link, zoom out to see the entirety of Ireland, and select locations to view in 3D!
Stream Travel With Kids: Ireland with your Amazon Prime subscription
Video: Visit West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands with Rick Steves
Coloring Pages: Ireland Map & Flag
Castles - Ireland is a land of castles, many dating back to Medieval times. Watch Castles for Kids: What is a Castle? Medieval History for Children
Using wooden blocks, or even cardboard, build a castle play area - then test out its strength with a DIY marshmallow catapult (instructions on how to build here)!
Sound - Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument as its national symbol. You'll find the Irish harp adorning the coat of arms, seal, and on the Irish euro coin.
Hop over to Scholastic's Study Jam's site to watch a short video about the science of sound. Then consider making your own harp.
What you'll need:
a box or loaf pan
rubber bands of different thicknesses
Stretch the rubber bands across the open box. Space them so they aren't touching and strum! Experiment and notice the difference between the different sizes of bands, and feel the vibrations on the bands.
For those who aren't squeamish, you can watch this video about how vocal cords work.
What similarities do you see between how the vocal cords work and the rubber bands
What makes the sound pitches higher or lower?
For younger kids, visit Deep Space Sparkle's website to learn how to make these simple sponge paint castles.
Older children may enjoy learning how to illustrate a Celtic Knot. Learn the step-by-step process here. Celtic Art is made up of geometric shapes. It has its origins in sculpture, carving, and metalwork of the ancient Celtic peoples and can be seen in the famous Book of Kells, which is an illustrated manuscript of four gospels of the New Testament made by Celtic monks around 800 A.D. (or possibly earlier). It is an Irish national treasury and on permanent display at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Find more Celtic knot coloring pages here.
Take a Field trip to an Irish Dance Academy and learn traditional Irish dancing!
Irish Stew via Dinner at the Zoo
No Ireland unit study would be complete without a stew! I love cooking soups and stews with my kids because there are so many veggies to cut (we love using this knife with little ones). This is a delicious, basic recipe that includes some great cooking fundamentals.
Irish Soda Bread via Dinner at the Zoo
"This Irish soda bread is a light and tender loaf studded with plenty of raisins and baked to golden brown perfection. A super easy quick bread recipe that pairs well with so many different main course options!" (Raisins optional)
Irish Apple Cake via Bigger Bolder Baking
"It doesn't get much better than my mum's Irish Apple Cake recipe — authentically Irish with tart Granny Smith apples and a streusel topping."
Ireland vacation itineraries here.
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