I love St. Patrick’s Day celebrations – not just because it means my little learners dress up as adorable leprechauns, then ask animals if they have seen a pot of gold but because it has a magical, fun element to it too!
Rainbows, leprechauns, shimmering gold coins, the greenness of shamrocks.
Whilst you plan, check out my teacher tried and tested activities below! Be sure to grab the free printable activity too!
There is so much you could cover in this theme! You could introduce your learners to Ireland, focus on the colors of the rainbow, talk about leprechauns and so much more.
Whether you choose to plan for just a day or a week you will find plenty of ideas here for all areas of learning.
You can find more themes to support you with your planning on the Preschool Themes Page.
When I did our St. Patrick’s Day theme I set up various activities in the maths center – they do say “variety is the key to life”. It’s also the key to engaging young learners!
| My learners had access to:
TEACHER TIP: Use different types of counters with the number cards. You might like to use these Leprechaun Hat Erasers to encourage children to count.
|I also used this book to help teach counting! ‘Ten Lucky Leprechauns’ is a scholastic book that teaches counting from 1 -10 through rhyme and a funny ending! Ideal for a circle time activity.
I like puzzles. They encourage my learners to think and increase their resilience to independently solve problems. This activity will also assist the development of hand-eye coordination and enhancing memory skills. I created these themed puzzles using the many symbols of St. Patrick’s Day.
TEACHER TIP: If three pieces is too simple cut the rectangles in half so the puzzles become 6 pieces. You could enlarge the print out and cut into 9 pieces!
This activity was created from a free scholastic min-reader. The story is simple, uses repetition’ – my learners were able to memorize the story quite quickly. The children dressed up as little leprechauns (they looked so cute) then they had to hunt around the garden and ask various animals if they had seen a pot of gold. Eventually, they found the pot of gold which much to their delight was filled of chocolate gold coins!!
I wish I knew where I got the pattern for these super cute costumes, but I cannot find the original file anymore. So I have found these you could use as an alternative:
- Make a paper leprechaun hat and beard [That’s What She Said]
- Make a leprechaun [iskuristanbul] I would print this on A3 if using for the body of the costume.
Here are some of the props I used and others that may help you support dramatic play:
I like to use Pinterest as my muse for coming up with craft ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. Click the image to visit my St. Patrick’s Day board:
|Here are my top 4 crafts from my Pinterest Board:
Other Preschool Themes you might like:
|Under The Sea
|Chinese New Year
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