Mary Poppins, the kiddos, and I have been having fun getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day! Here are just some of the leprechaun activities we did this week . . .
1. We made a class book entitled “If I Were a Leprechaun”. The children were asked to think about where they would hide their gold if they were leprechauns. The answers ranged from “in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” to “on the ceiling of my room” to “in the oven”. I wrote down their words, and they used crayons to illustrate their pages of the book. Next week, we’ll laminate all of the pages, make them into a book, and place that book in the reading center. The picture below links to a free printable.
2. The kiddos had fun making a St. Patrick’s Day pot of gold craft courtesy of Reading Confetti. We didn’t have the cool gold stickers like the original idea, but we did have sparkly gold pompoms and gold craft jewels. The boys and girls didn’t seem to mind at all. I had fun watching who put the colors in rainbow-order and who just placed the stickers willy-nilly. Every single kid really got into making this craft!
3. For a St. Patrick’s Day math activity, Mary Poppins and I were inspired by a game seen in The Mailbox Magazine. I don’t have a link to the game itself, but you can find The Mailbox’s blog here, and they’re also on Pinterest here. We set out a stack of plastic gold coins, a few dice, and a leprechaun’s pot. The children worked together, rolling the dice and placing the appropriate amount of coins into the pot. Three of the center groups played this game together, whereas one of the groups turned it into a 3-D version of our “dice game”. They split the coins up between the three people in their group and took turns rolling two dice. Whoever got rid of their gold coins first was the winner.
4. Of course, since it’s so close to St. Patrick’s Day, a sneaky little leprechaun came into our classroom today! The leprechaun made a big mess! He dumped out home center buckets, took apart our circle time calendar, got into the paint and left footprints, sprinkled St. Patrick’s Day confetti all around the room, rearranged the word wall, moved the Lego creations, and hid their behavior chart clips. Mary Poppins and I both LOVED watching how excited the children got when they realized the leprechaun had caused so much trouble. Talk about an awesome language experience — the kids talked about it all day, retold the events to me, retold the events to any other staff member they saw today, and even talked about what they thought the leprechaun did after visiting our school.
5. After all the morning shenanigans, the children set up a leprechaun hunt. Now, this wasn’t a planned St. Patrick’s Day activity on the teachers’ part! This was all the students’ idea! To me, the way the children extended the leprechaun’s visit was even better than anything we could have planned in its place. During free-choice Fun Friday centers, many of the children planned how they would find the leprechauns. They drew maps and talked about it for more than an hour. When outside time rolled around, they were ready to go! Once they were outside, the kiddos consulted their maps and searched all around the playground. Some of them even found clues — leprechaun footprints (small spots in the dirt), green mulch (really just regular mulch), and even gold the leprechaun had buried (small rocks). Their imagination really knew no bounds!
How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with your kiddos/students? Do you have any favorite leprechaun activities to share?
If you’re looking for more St. Paddy’s Day and leprechaun activities, please come by my St. Paddy’s Pinterest board.