Category Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

Lucky Leprechaun Wands

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Submitted by: Jamie Robinson

These lucky wands are a simple and fun activity for any classroom.

Goals:

  • To encourage fine motor development and hand-eye coordination
  • To promote creative expression and imaginative play

Before You Start:

Prepare ahead of time by cutting sets of 4, 6″ hearts out of several green colors of construction paper or foam paper. If you have a die-cut machine it is much more efficient. You will need craft sticks, Colorations® Glitter Paint in green and/or gold, glue, scissors, ribbon and any other sparkles or decorative items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Ask children to paint a craft stick with Colorations® Glitter Paint in green or gold.

Step 2.
Glue four hearts on top to create a four-leaf clover.

Step 3.
Decorate with gold and green curling ribbon dangling from the top, glitter and craft items.

Furthermore:
Children will love playing with these cute little wands. They are great for music and movement at circle time with Scottish or Irish music.

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Shimmy Shamrock Rubbings

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Do the Shimmy Shamrock! This simple activity incorporates St. Patrick’s Day into an entertaining project that will get kids moving.

Goals:

  • To provide a sensory experience that promotes tactile exploration
  • To engage children in a fun activity while providing an opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Before You Start:

Gather a few types of sandpaper with different grains and cut them into shamrock-shaped designs. Tape the shapes onto the activity tables or work surfaces you have designated for this activity. Set out Colorations® Heavyweight Construction Paper in a variety of colors along with an assortment of Colorations® crayons – extra-large and chubby crayons are ideal for little hands! (Colorations Premium Triangle Crayons are also perfectly shaped for crayon rubbing.)You may want to prepare the crayons for the rubbings by having the crayon’s paper wrapping partially peeled down (or off) ahead of time.

Let’s Get Started!

Step 1.

Let each child choose their own pieces of construction paper.

Step 2.

Show the children how to lay their paper on top of the shapes and rub with the side of the crayons. Shimmy, shimmy, rub, rub! Now, you have a St. Patrick’s Day design on your paper.

Step 3.

This is a great opportunity to have children touch the different shamrocks and talk about what each feels like to them. Can they relate the textures to something they already know?

Step 4.

Now it’s their turn to do the Shimmy Shamrock! Encourage the children to experiment with the textures and colors and to shift their papers in different directions. They can create amazing and interesting patterns with this traditional design!

Furthermore:

For older children, have them design and cut out the shamrocks themselves. You can also incorporate all sorts of common household items and make the activity appropriate for anytime of the year. Try other textured objects, such as leaves, string, paper clips, fabric, tiles, coins, cardboard shapes, doilies and more! This project can also become more eco-friendly by having children collect and use clean, cut-open paper grocery bags in place of the construction paper.

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Lucky Leprechaun Treasure Box

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Little leprechauns can create their own magic box to guard lucky treasures on St. Patrick’s Day!

Goals:

  • To encourage creativity and self expression
  • To create a fun craft to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Before You Start:
Gather small boxes for each child. The teacher may want to have the children recycle empty cardboard tissue boxes (or other small packing boxes) from home or provide cardboard pencil boxes and/or papier-mâché boxes for this project. Set out green and white Colorations® construction paper, white doilies, green, white and gold pom-poms, green and gold glitter, holiday-related wrapping paper and other appropriate collage items. Provide small bowls with glue and/or glue sticks, scissors, and Colorations® markers and crayons.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have children cover their boxes with the wrapping paper and/or construction paper. Encourage them to use different materials to cover different sections of their boxes.

Step 2.
If appropriate, show children how they can create their own construction paper four-leaf clover shapes to use for decorating the boxes. Fold a sheet of paper in half and demonstrate how to draw half of a four-leaf clover, using the crease as a midline, and then cut out.

Step 3.
Children can decorate their boxes as they wish with the clovers or draw shamrocks, leprechauns or other St. Patrick’s designs. They may also glue on doilies, glitter and other collage materials.

Step 4.
Have each child to write their name on their box with Colorations® markers or crayons and display around the classroom for St. Patrick’s Day. The teacher could provide small, “treasures” for each child’s box or throw a class party where the children can bring St. Patrick’s treats for their classmates’ boxes.

Furthermore:
Divide the class into small groups and have the children come up with their own leprechaun stories for St. Patrick’s Day. Each group can share their stories with the entire class by acting them out and using their treasure boxes as props.

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Pot of Gold Game

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This simple St. Patrick’s craft doubles as a fun activity to help little ones learn to identify numbers and letters!

Goals:

  • To encourage number and letter recognition
  • To create a fun craft for a St. Patrick’s Day game
  • To help children practice group cooperation

Before You Start:
Have children bring clean, empty plastic butter/margarine, cottage cheese and/or yogurt containers from home (or provide some for those who may not have any) to create their own “pots of gold.” Set out small bowls with black Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint, gold BioColor® paint and paintbrushes. Cut circles from poster board or recycled cardboard (cereal boxes work well) to turn into gold “coins” for the game. The teacher should also prepare his or her own larger pot of gold for the game using baskets or other deep plastic containers/bowls. (Note: this “pot” does not necessarily need to be painted; it can be covered with construction paper, fabric, etc.)

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have the children paint their containers with the tempera and the circles to resemble gold “coins.” Let dry overnight. Before starting the game, the teacher should write a number or letter (using at least one coin for every letter of the alphabet) on one side of each coin. Place coins inside the pot for the children to draw from during the game.

Step 2.
Have the children take turns choosing a gold “coin” from the teacher’s pot of gold.

Step 3.
Ask the children to identify the number or letter written on the coin. If the child identifies it correctly, he can keep the “treasure” for his own pot of gold.

Step 4.
Repeat until all the coins have been correctly identified and/or each child has treasure in their pots of gold.

Furthermore:
Allow the children to continue decorating their pots of gold with pipe cleaners, glitter, ribbons and other collage materials and display around the classroom for the St. Patrick’s holiday. Then, gather the children at circle time and create a story together about leprechauns and their pots of gold.

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St. Patrick’s Puppet

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These charming, easy-to-make puppets are a fun St. Patrick’s craft!

Goals:

  • To create a whimsical leprechaun puppet for St. Patrick’s Day
  • To encourage creativity and build fine motor skills
  • To provide opportunities for dramatic play and storytelling

Before You Start:
Gather black, green and yellow construction paper, glue/ glue sticks and tape. Have children recycle a clean paper lunch bag from home (or the teacher may want to provide some). Prepare bowls of Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint and brushes. Set out Colorations® crayons, markers and other collage materials for the children to decorate their leprechauns, such as wiggly eyes, glitter, pom-poms and buttons. Create a few simple examples of what each of leprechaun’s parts may look like to show children before they begin. Note: Although the teacher should create examples to start the creative process, please allow the child to create his own leprechaun. It is not necessary for a child’s project to look like the real thing. Allow the child to be creative.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Demonstrate to children how to paint the flattened paper bags with green paint except for the bottom of the bag. The bottom will be the leprechaun’s head and face. Have children paint their own lunch bags and set aside to dry.

Step 2.
Provide children with their own sheets of construction paper, and if needed, help trace and cut out arms, hats and shoes.

Step 3.
Once bags are dry, show children how to tape or glue the arms into the side flaps of the bags. This is easier if the bags are opened slightly and the arms are taped so they reach forward in a hugging motion.

Step 4.
Allow children to decorate and personalize their puppets any way they like. Have them draw on their leprechaun’s face and body with crayons and markers and then glue on arms, wiggly eyes, buttons for a suit/shirt and other accessories they have cut out. Children could also make bowties out of construction paper or remnants of ribbon to glue on their bags.

Step 5.
Now everyone has a puppet for St. Patrick’s Day play! Have children form small groups and work as a team to create a short St. Patrick’s Day story. Or, simply display around the classroom for a holiday theme.

Furthermore:
Puppets provide an ideal opportunity to expand children’s creativity through imaginative play. You may want to have children act out puppet shows to demonstrate the stories they’ve created in their groups. Or, gather the class in a large group and have children take turns sharing their puppets.

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Lucky Shamrocks

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Make St. Patrick’s Day a “greener” holiday with these eco-friendly lucky charms. They’re perfect props for the catchy St. Patrick’s Day rhyme included!

Goals:

  • To encourage creativity and build fine motor skills while recycling common household items
  • To help reinforce rote counting to 4
  • To provide an opportunity to practice rhythm and listening skills
  • To have fun singing as a group to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Before You Start:
Have the children collect clean empty paper grocery bags and bring from home. (Teachers may want to provide some also.) Gather scissors, tape, Colorations® crayons and markers. Prepare bowls of BioColor®, Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paints or Washable Glitter Paint to add a sparkly touch to the project!

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have or help children cut open empty shopping bags and lay them flat on desks or activity tables.

Step 2.
Show the children how to draw a heart shape onto their bags if they do not already know how. Also, demonstrate how to draw a stem shape. Have them draw four hearts for each shamrock that they would like to make. (Size can vary to let the children be creative.)

Step 3.
Help the children (as needed) cut out their hearts.

Step 4.
Demonstrate to children how they can assemble their own shamrocks by laying the four hearts flat with the points touching each other.

Step 5.
Recite the rhyme below as you demonstrate turning the hearts into a shamrock.

One Lucky Heart I have today,
And with me my heart will stay.
Add another for some fun,
Two Lucky Hearts are better than one!
Add another and now they’re three,
So many Lucky Hearts just for me!
What will happen if I add one more?
Lucky Shamrocks, now I have four!
Find your own Lucky Shamrock, you’ll see
It’s four Lucky Hearts together, yipee!

Step 6.
Tape or glue the hearts together to form the shamrock leaves. Tape a stem where the four points meet to make the finished shamrock.

Step 7.
Have the children decorate their shamrocks any way they wish with the materials you’ve provided.

Furthermore:
Children can display their shamrocks in the classroom or keep them as a holiday keepsake. Rote counting and recognizing the numeral symbol for each number does not mean the child has a thorough knowledge of numbers. To add depth to this activity, allow the children to count items, such as blocks or other manipulatives, and show they know how many items equal each number. For example, when talking about the number 5, have the children take a set of blocks and count five blocks. This will help to further reinforce the concept of numbers.

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Shamrock Spray

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Submitted by: Stephanie Averett

Save your hearts and doilies from Valentine’s Day. They make great shamrock shapes for this creative and fun activity!

Goals:

  • To develop fine motor skills
  • To teach kids how to use ‘recycled’ art materials to create shamrocks
  • To create art worthy of display in minutes

Before You Start:
First, you will need small heart-shaped doilies and heart confetti. Prepare by pouring lime, teal, and green Liquid Watercolor™ into separate spray bottles. You’ll also need white construction paper and gold glitter paint for finishing touches. (You might want to pour gold glitter paint into a Nancy™ bottle for easy use.) Also, remember to cover your work surface with newspaper or butcher paper for easy cleanup.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have each child place 3 hearts on white construction paper, with their points together, to create a shamrock.

Step 2.
Then, have them repeat once or twice so that the shapes fill their sheets of white construction paper.

Step 3.
Encourage the kids to experiment with colors by spraying two or three different colors over the shamrocks.

Step 4.
Have each child remove the heart shapes to reveal the shamrocks.

Step 5.
The children can create gold glitter swirls or write their names with gold glitter to personalize their works of art.

Furthermore:
If you laminate the hearts, you can use them several times. You can display these in the hallways or on bulletin boards for all to admire!

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