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St. Patrick's Day Activity ThemeSensory: St. Patrick's Day Activity
Ginny offers this activity saying, "This is a sensory experience with your feet."
Materials: Pieces of paper long enough to
walk around on, green paint, pan large
Description: On St. Patrick's Day we paint
with our feet using green paint.
I invite the children to take off their shoes
and socks and roll up their pant
When the child is done they sit on the chair right by the paper and the volunteer parents washes & dries their feet. The parents really enjoy this and often volunteer to help out again if I have another of their children another year!
I ask the children to stay & watch their small group until everyone is done and then go back into the room together as a group. That way there is not so much coming and going of children. Usually there is someone in each class who prefers not to do this. I think it is very important not to force a child to experience this. I do invite them to watch their small group paint so that they feel included.
Comments: This is one of my favorite activities
for the whole year.
Materials: Shamrock shape cut out of green paper or white paper painted green and glitter.
Art Activity: Paint shamrock shapes green and sprinkle with glitter.5 Little Shamrocks
Materials: White butcher paper or craft paper, green paint, masking tape, black strip of construction paper & a square of gold construction paper for the buckle.
Description: Cut a
big square of butcher paper and have the kids paint it green.
Materials: Rocks, gold
paint and gold coins (enough for all children to find twice),
two weeks before St. Patrick's Day, before the children have
Then a couple days
later leave a note from the leprechaun (again messing up the
Each day leave out about 4 or 5 gold pieces for them to find, rewarding them with a shamrock sticker. On St. Patrick's day (make sure they wear green or you get to tickle them) have a bucket filled with shamrock cookies and goodie bags for each child. We also have green sherbet and toppings. It is fantastic fun!
Comments: You might
like to tape record your message from the leprechaun, have
"Patrick the Leprechaun"
Materials: A large cutout of a standing leprechaun (he may hold a large stick in one hand) and a separate cutout of a cloth sack to represent a sack of gold. You could substitute a pot if you prefer. Many smaller cutout shapes of shamrocks and gold coins. Laminate all items to protect them. Add a small roll of tape to the back of the shamrocks and gold coins.
Description: Attach "Patrick" on a wall, easel, etc. Ask the children to place either shamrocks or gold coins somewhere on or around Patrick. Ex. "Put your shamrock on Patrick's shoulder, behind his stick, in back of him. Put the gold under the sack, on Patrick's shoe, over his sack, etc." You may make this as simple or complex as you want by making the directions multi-step.
Comments: The kids really enjoyed the theme
and the activity. They were so excited when the results were comical.
Patrick's Day Windsock
Materials: White paper lunch bags, green construction paper, green and white crepe paper streamers, glue, stapler and staples, yarn and scissors.
Following Directions: Shamrock Shapes
Materials: Paper cutouts of Easter eggs, hearts, shamrocks, or any other shape for other holidays.
Description: Give each child a shape and
ask them to listen, either
Comments: The children have enjoyed this!
Take a peek at the Shape Activity Theme.
Activity: "St. Patrick's Day Surprise"
Materials: Large box, 5 oz paper cups, spoons, 3-4 boxes of pistachio pudding (instant), 6-10 cups of cold milk, 1 large plastic container with a tight fitting lid and masking tape.
Description: As a final activity to go along
with a St. Patrick's Day theme, you can send your class a "care package"
from a leprechaun!
Empty "magic powder" (pudding) into the container. Add the milk (include the specific amount based on the #of boxes of pudding used).
Puppets: Shamrock Buddies
Materials: Cut out Shamrocks, wiggly eyes, markers and green construction paper strips (about 1 inch in width and 4 inches long). Also white yarn, a hole puncher and glue.
Description: Give each child a green Shamrock, and two wiggly eyes. Add 4 strips of green paper (fan folded) for legs and arms. Attach with glue to make your Shamrock buddy. Punch a hole at top and thread with yarn to make him or her dance.
Planting for St. Patrick's Day: "Shaggy Shamrock"
Materials: Sponge, grass seeds, water and paper plates.
Description: Cut out a shamrock shape from
a sponge then sprinkle on grass seeds. Keep moist. Everyday check to see
how much grass has grown.
Hand Print Rainbow
Materials: Large white paper arcs (cut from butcher paper or other large white craft paper) and assorted paints.
Description: On each paper arc, have children
make hand prints all of one color (a red arc, yellow arc, etc.) so that
you make one arc of each color of the rainbow. Place the arcs in order
on the wall to make a rainbow. If you have very young children with short
attention spans you can make this your art project for an entire week!
There's an entire theme filled with Rainbows!
Patrick's Day Colors
Materials: Plastic ziploc baggie, shaving cream and food coloring.
Description: Squirt some shaving cream into
a ziploc baggie and add a few drops of yellow and blue food coloring to
it. Seal it. As children squeeze the baggie colors will mix and make
the color green.
Patrick's Day Art
Materials: Black & green construction paper pattern of a large pot, aquarium tubing, pipe cleaners, chocolate gold coins, pencil, paper scissors and glue.
Description: Ask the children what would
they choose, a pot of gold coins or a wish! Ask them what will they
do with the gold coins, and what would they wish for.
For the children who choose Gold Coins, have them cut the traced pot, then sprinkle glitter around the paper, let them be creative. Then give them some chocolate gold coins and have them glue the coins to the piece of green paper. Write down on the bottom what they said.
Comments: I did it last year, some of the
pre-k children chose a wish and said they wished for all the toys. The
other children chose gold coins and said they would buy a lollipop and
a toy it was very cute parents loved it!
Materials: Green finger paint, raw green vegetables: broccoli, snap beans, parsley, etc.
Description: Children use the raw vegetables
to paint pictures.
Take a look at the Color Activities.
Materials: St. Patrick story, pot, chocolate gold coins and paper.
This activity lasts all week. Throughout the week play little
On the last day prepare about 5 clues to where the children should look for the leprechaun. Place the first clue on the last page of a story saying i.e. "Look for me where you wash your hands". Then the children will all go to the sink to find another clue which will lead them to another clue.
For the final clue place the pot full of chocolate gold coins in the spot that the clue leads to. The children will enjoy the treasure hunt.
Comments: If some children can read have them read the clues to the other children. Be creative with the tricks and the clues.
Materials: Poster board, green tissue paper, liquid starch and paintbrushes.
Have children put small pieces of tissue paper on to pre-cut shamrocks
then paint over with liquid starch.
Game: Shamrock, Shamrock
Materials: Large space and a cut out paper shamrock.
Another game can be used to dismiss children. Pass the shamrock around
the circle chanting "shoo shamrock, shoo shamrock, shoo shoo shoo this
green shamrock stops at you". When the shamrock stops at a child then that
child can leave the circle.
St. Patrick's Day Rainbow
Comments: The completed project is nice because it ties in both the rainbow and the pot of gold. Discussions included the colors of the rainbow and the colors they wanted their rainbow to be and what they would do if they found the pot of gold.
More about Rainbows.
Materials: one potato, carve a shamrock in it to use as a stamp
Then for activities: To begin with the children (4's) will color a sheet with shamrocks, gold coins and rainbows. Cut them out and glue them to a "pot", (from the pot of gold). The children will also have the opportunity to dig up potatoes in the sand area and listen to irish music all day.
The potato stamp will be used to stamp a piece of paper with green shamrocks. It was a great day! The kids loved to pretend to fly to another country!
Comments: Be careful with the laminate!
Tell the children not to pick up the laminate because it will rip.
I put it on the table for them after I peeled off
Patrick's Day Pepper Prints
To make this a science activity, have children
mix the colors Blue and Yellow
Patrick's Day Finger Painting
Art" for Any Holiday
Follow the cooking instructions on a box
of pasta, (spaghetti works best). Drain. Add food coloring
to get the desired color. The pasta should be SLIGHTLY wet.
Have a heart or a shamrock drawn out on a large piece of paper. Have the children take one strand of spaghetti at a time and put it on the paper. Press gently so that the pasta adheres. NO GLUE NEEDED. THE STARCH IN THE PASTA WILL MAKE IT STICK :) Let the project dry over night. Enjoy!
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