June 30, 2013

Favorites from the Year: Man of March (freebie)

Welcome to my very first Sunday Feature.  I'm excited to start this new adventure on my blog and I like having the accountability piece of my readers expecting a post every Sunday. 

I figure it is kind of like going to gym. Left to my own devices, I can come up with 100 different excuses of why I can't go.  But, if I know someone is going to meet me there.  I HAVE to go.  There is no getting out of it.  And, believe me, my gym buddy does not let me off the hook.   So now, I need you guys to do the same.  Don't let me off the hook. You'll keep me honest, right?


About: Favorites from the Year is about getting all those seasonal/holiday projects (or any other proejct for that matter) posted that never made it on your blog during they year.  Any holiday, any season, any project. Then, we will compile them all in one place for easy access. I hope you'll join the fun.

Link up with your favorite projects from the year - or repost your favorites that did make it on your blog.  Why not? I know I missed plenty of great things during the year, so repost your hearts out people.  I'd love to see what awesome things y'all had going on from September through June.

Linky Info: Please post at anytime you feel inspired.  I plan on posting a new favorite each Sunday, hence the Sunday feature part for me.  If you want to join me on this challenge, awesome! The more the merrier.  Either way, the linky will be open all summer. Come one, come all!


My First Sunday Feature

I'm thrilled to share with you one of my favorite projects of the year.  I wish I could claim ownership of this project, but it is just another great idea that was handed down to me.  What can I say? I'm a thief.  :)

Man of March

Aren't they cute? They are Men of March aka leprechauns!! 
I love the mustaches.

When I first inherited this project it was on a single sheet of paper, typed in courier new.  Honestly, I'm surprised the print wasn't purple. It had obviously been around awhile, but I have no idea where or when it originated.  So, I retyped the directions and let my students go to town.

  • Man of March directions sheet (see below)
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • Large paper to draw on (12"x 18" is preferred, but anything will do)

Step 1: Give students directions sheets and read through it together.

Step 2: Let students create and draw.

And, that's pretty much it.  I don't do anything else.  I just let them go and you would be amazed with what they come up with. I do circulate during the drawing of the head, because you always have some kids that try to go WAY too small.  I help them. Otherwise...it's a free art project. The directions are very specific and yet allow each child to be creative and make the leprechaun their own.

Here are some more examples. Notice any similarities?  

They all have a brown and green checkered shirt.

 They all have one eye winking and red hair covering one eye.

They all have a baseball in their left hand.

I love this project because while everyone gets the exact same directions, they all turn out different and fun.  Some of my students took a really long time on this project, in fact, some of my very best I never got pictures of because they were still hard at work. Now that's dedication!

Here are the directions:

The directions are yours to download.  I hope your class enjoys this March activity as much as mine did.  And...can I just say?  They make the cutest bulletin board.  :)

I can't wait to see what some of your Favorites from the Year are.  Link up and join the fun!


  1. I love this post idea. I am excited to find about cool seasonal activities before the holiday/season is over-yea!

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

    1. Thanks. I am great at collecting ideas over the summer, but miss out on great stuff during the year when I am less immersed in the blog world. I can't wait to see what everyone posts. I hope you'll link up. :)

  2. It sounds like a cute activity I will have to download it and put it away for later. Thanks for sharing and hosting. It's a fun idea.

    room 4 imagination

    1. Cute and lots of fun! I couldn't believe how much my students enjoyed it and I loved watching them go through the whole process. They would hold up their pictures and say, "Everyone.. look at my mustache!" Priceless. It's a good project to keep in your back pocket. Enjoy!

  3. This looks like my kind of project. Thanks for sharing!

    Hooty's Homeroom

  4. This is a great idea for a linky! I'll be joining you soon.
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  5. Just linking up today! :) Thanks!

  6. This is a great idea for sharing ideas:) I am an old teacher who is new to the blogging world and very excited about all that can be shared and learned! I teach elementary drama, so we spend a great deal of time telling many stories in very many creative ways. One of our favorite ways this year with the kindergartners was teaching them songs and stories with lots of hand motions to help them remember the words, and then having them all wear those white hand sweater style gloves (which are not too expensive) to accentuate their hands. Their parents loved it! The kids felt very proud! Darcy Hill


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