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St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids [Everything You Need]

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.

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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.

Paper Hole Punching St. Patrick's Day

Shamrock Lacing

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.

Easy to Prep Shamrock Lacing Activity for Preschoolers

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.IMG

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

Melted Crayon Art - Make an 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 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 landform.

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.

Shamrock Shaker

Materials

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shaker

Shamrock Shaker Approach

  1. Draw a shamrock on one plate
  2. Use an X-Acto knife to cut through most of the paper plate
  3. Paint the plates with your green paint (you can go crazy here with glitter, stickers, etc. we kept it simple.)
  4. Let the plates dry
  5. Once dry, turn the plate with the shamrock over so the inside is facing up
  6. Fill your plastic bag with the St. Patrick’s Day goodies
  7. Tape the plastic bag down taut over the shamrock cut out
  8. At this point, I turned the plate over and popped out the shamrock cut out
  9. Place the plate together and glue
  10. Let dry
  11. I covered the plate with Mod Podge just to add a little something to the shaker
  12. 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 for Children's Books

St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Books

Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson (Age 5+)

St. Patrick’s Day by Anne Rockwell (Age 5+)

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St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting (Age 5+)

St. Patrick's Day Children's Books

The Last Snake in Ireland by Sheila MacGill-Callahan (Age 4+)

St. Patrick's Day Children's Books

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing (Age 5+)

St. Patrick's Day Children's Books

That’s What Leprechaun’s Do by Eve Bunting (Age 4+)

St. Patrick's Day Children's Books

Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase by James Dean (Age 4+)

St. Patrick's Day Children's Books

How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace (Age 4+)

St. Patrick's Day Children's Books

The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater (Age 4+)

St. Patrick’s Day Touch and Feel by Roger Priddy (Age 1+)

St. Patrick's Day Children's Books

The Story of St. Patrick’s Day by Patricia A. Pingry (Age 2+)

Look What Came from Ireland by Miles Harvey (Age 4+)

Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting (Age 5+)

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro (Age 3+)

St. Patrick’s Day Supply List

  1. Foam, adhesive back shamrocks
  2. Green pom poms of all sorts of shapes, sizes, and textures for math and sorting activities and a sensory bin
  3. Shamrock cookie cutters for play dough and cookies
  4. Shamrock silicone molds for melting crayons
  5. Gold coins for sensory bins and counting activities
  6. Green and Gold Confetti for sensory bins
  7. Lime Jello for shamrock molds
  8. Yellow & Blue food coloring or paint for color mixing
  9. Leprechaun hats for scooping and sorting
  10. Green Beads for sensory bins and pretend play necklaces
  11. Green peppers for shamrock printing
  12. Paper plates for shamrock cutouts
  13. Felt for shamrock pattern matching games
  14. Contact paper for shamrock designs

St. Patrick’s Day Matching Activity

Should you reward your kids?

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.

Sensory Bin

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Activity for Toddlers & Preschoolers

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.

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There are a few legends about 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.

St. Patricks Day Colors Activity

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 were filled part way with water and a third jar was 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.

St. Patricks Day Colors Activity

Then I showed him the syringe and how to use it. Syringes are a tough fine motor skill to grasp at this young age. Begin by having your child take a little water from the blue-colored water. Then a little water from the yellow jar.

Want more? Check out these ideas for March Montessori Shelves and other March activities for Preschoolers.

Marnie

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