I know Valentine’s Day just passed, but I’m already starting to think about St. Patrick’s Day activities for preschool. I must admit I LOVE St. Paddy’s Day! Leprechauns, Ireland, and celebrating with the kiddos is just plain fun. So, in that spirit, I wanted to share a simple fine motor activity that the children loved last March — hunting for gold.
To set up this activity, I cut up rainbow-colored yarn and placed it in our discovery/sensory table. The yarn acted as miniature rainbows for the children. They had to hunt through the “rainbows” to find gold coins that leprechauns had left for them! Mary Poppins and I used pennies and golden pompoms for the “gold coins”. We also cut circles out of sparkly, golden craft foam for more “coins”.
The kiddos used chopsticks and large, plastic tweezers to search through the rainbow-colored yarn and locate the hidden “coins”. When they found a coin, they used the tweezers to pick up the coin and transfer it to their pot of gold. For the pot of gold, I simply painted a small wooden box with black paint. Once the black paint had dried, I painted over it with some gold, sparkly paint. Yes, I’m easily amused like that, but the students enjoyed having their own pot of gold! 🙂
It’s a very simple idea, but the children enjoyed themselves immensely. In the process of “hunting for gold”, they strengthened their fingers and hands, stretched their imaginations, and just plain had a blast!
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