I'm Irish so I am a bit biased BUT this holiday is fun, festive, and full of tradition. There is loads of learning to be had throughout March. We've had lots of fun over the years with celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
I love the holiday because it integrates so much learning. Plus, this holiday is near and dear to my heart given my heritage. If you need a few rock solid ideas to celebrate with kids this March, check out all the ideas below or click through the image above for every post I've ever written on the topic.
St. Patrick's Day Activities
Spooning Green Lentils
Remember to go left to right when demonstrating your lesson. This activity is simple. Take delicate green lentils, two identical bowls, and a spoon for spooning. Not sure how to give the lesson? Check out the Montessori spooning lesson here.
All you need is a medium sized paper shamrock (you can print, laminate, and cut your own OR purchase from the craft store) and a paper hole punch.
You may create the punches along the edge of the shamrock or give the child an opportunity to stregthen fine motor skills. Once you have the holes, your child can practice his fine motor skills with lacing.
This shamrock worked really well because small shamrocks outlined the edge perfect for punching. This shamrock lacing activity is easy, fun and festive for preschoolers. Lacing is a great exercise to work on fine motor and practical life skills.
Pot of Gold
This gift is pretty simple: a mason jar, two pipe cleaners for the handle, glue, a shamrock to decorate the jar, confetti and gold coins to fill the jar, and a small gift buried in the mason jar.
Our son has been enjoying a book called Jack & the Leprechaun, an adorable story about a mouse and his cousin celebrating St. Patricks's Day by spending the day with family, cooking a feast, singing Danny Boy, collecting shamrocks and, perhaps most importantly, chasing Liam the Leprechaun. So, this treasure will appropriately be from “Liam the Leprechaun”.
Melted Crayon Irish Flag
We glued the crayons in the proper order on a piece of white cardstock. Then we used a hair dryer to heat the crayons and enjoyed watching the crayons melt and drip down the paper. Use a green craft stick as the pole.
Irish Flag Using Shapes
Use green, white, and orange construction paper, glue, scissors
I prepped the shapes ahead of time but you could easily make this activity into a scissor cutting exercise by drawing lines and asking the child to cut along the lines to make the shapes. The flag is 1:2 proportionally on the paper, so that weaved in a nice little intro math lesson.
I introduced the flag with an actual mini Irish flag. We talked about the parts of the flag, the colors of the flags and Ireland, as a country in Europe and as an island land form.
I explained the art project. Then I laid out the flag, as a control, next to the bowl of colored shapes, the blank map and glue.
- Two heavy heavy duty Chinet paper plates
- A Plastic Bag
- Green Paint and a brush
- A variety of shaker fillers including plastic gold coins, small jingle bells, large sparkly and small green pom poms, green confetti and lovely green shamrocks
- X-Acto Knife
- Mod Podge
Shamrock Shaker Approach
- Draw a shamrock on one plate
- Use an X-Acto knife to cut through most of the paper plate
- Paint the plates with your green paint (you can go crazy here with glitter, stickers, etc. we kept it simple.)
- Let the plates dry
- Once dry, turn the plate with the shamrock over so the inside is facing up
- Fill your plastic bag with the St. Patrick's Day goodies
- Tape the plastic bag down taut over the shamrock cut out
- At this point I turned the plate over and popped out the shamrock cut out
- Place the plate together and glue
- Let dry
- I covered the plate with Mod Podge just to add a little something to the shaker
- Let your little ones go nuts. Both my 1 year old and my 2.5 year old loved the shaker. They explored the sounds by making music and explored touch by feeling around the bag.
St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Books
St. Patrick's Day by Anne Rockwell (Age 5+)
Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting (Age 5+)
St. Patrick's Day Supply List
- Foam, adhesive back shamrocks
- Green pom poms of all sorts of shapes, sizes and textures for math and sorting activities and a sensory bin
- Shamrock cookie cutters for play dough and cookies
- Shamrock silicone molds for melting crayons
- Gold coins for sensory bins and counting activities
- Green and Gold Confetti for sensory bins
- Lime Jello for shamrock molds
- Yellow & Blue food coloring or paint for color mixing
- Leprechaun hats for scooping and sorting
- Green Beads for sensory bins and pretend play necklaces
- Green peppers for shamrock printing
- Paper plates for shamrock cut outs
- Felt for shamrock pattern matching games
- Contact paper for shamrock designs
Matching and sorting are great exercises for preschoolers helping to develop basic math and logic skills. All you need for this activity is green cardstock, scissors or a paper cutter, a laminator if you'd like, and St. Patrick's Day themed stickers. Create matching cards and then prepare by laminating and cutting.
Shamrocks, gold coins, large shimmery green pom poms, small fuzzy green pom poms. Add in some shiny green confetti, Leprechaun hats, and glittery shamrocks. I added some green and white leis and green and gold beaded necklaces. Plus tongs and a few big cups to scoop.
Making Green Color Activity
What better occasion to play with colors than on St. Patrick's Day, a day celebrated around the world and not just in Ireland? I happen to be Irish so the holiday ties right into many aspects of family life and learning. This post includes a fun and easy to prep St. Patrick's Day Colors Activity for kids.
There are a few legends around the official color of the holiday, one being that the official color was once blue. Green makes sense for a lot of reasons. It is the color of the shamrock, for example, and represents the lush landscape of the “emerald isle”, a name for which Ireland is known.
So, today's activity is quite simple: Making the color green. In this activity we work on sensory (colors), basic concepts (colors), practical life (pouring) and fine motor skills (using a syringe).
Start with a tray and three jars. Two jars filled part way with water and a third jar either empty or with a little water.
Grab yellow and blue food coloring or paint to add color to the jars with water. My 2.5 year old helped me color the water in these jars.
Then I showed him the syringe and how to use it. Syringes are a tough fine motor skill to grasp at this young an age. Begin by having your child take a little water from the blue colored water. Then a little water from the yellow jar.