St. Patrick’s Day Curriculum

This year I cut out tons of construction paper shamrocks in rainbow colors. The kids helped me glue them all together to make a rainbow to go over the front door way. I had pre-made a pot that said ” we’re more precious than gold” the kids wrote their names on yellow pieces of paper and glued them coming out of the pot at the end of the rainbow. It was adorable, parents loved it. It’s April now and the rainbow is still up over the door because the parents love it so much. They’re still commenting on it!

Using a rainbow picture as an example, have the students follow the pattern using fruit loops and string to make necklaces. The students are identifying each color as he/she strings it and it is an excellent fine motor activity as well. Throw a shamrock made from foam felt in the center and it makes a great St. Patrick’s Day activity.

To promote good behaviors, I cut out of tag board a big black pot, decorate it and write on it I was caught doing… in gold glitter. Then anytime a child is seen cleaning up after themselves, being nice to a friend, helping them, listening, following directions, ect. I cut a circle out of yellow construction paper and write on it what the child did, then I put gold glitter around the edge of it and staple it to the pot.

Every year we go to Leprechaun land! Everything is green and beautiful. We all dress in our green clothes. One child is our King Leprechaun and we have a queen Leprechaun. We learn about each color of the rainbow before we can get to this exciting place. Once we are there and discover the pot of gold we dance and sing. I have each child bring a food that is green (grapes, green beans, broccoli, Jell-O) We even have green milk. The kids have their Shamrock feast. We have so much fun! St. Patrick’s day can be exciting.

I have all of the children bring in a rock before St. Patrick’s Day. ( I get a few extras and bring them myself for the forgetful ones.) I tell them to bring one that is about the size of a slice of a bread. I tell them to bring it to school in zip lock bag with their name on it. On St. Patrick’s Day each child paint’s their rock green and adds glitter. Lot’s of glitter on the top! (You know they love glitter!). This is our Blarney Stone. Children have told me they have kept their stones for many years and used them as paper weights, door stops etc. I use the baggie to send the rock back home in so the glitter doesn’t get in their book bag.

I run a small family day care every year my kids set a leprechaun trap a small shoe box that they decorate with shamrocks and rainbows then tip the box up with a stick so far we have caught the leprechauns coat and hat but no leprechaun on st Patrick’s day I put a pot of gold in the trap [gold foil wrapped chocolate coins in a pot] We never catch the leprechaun but he always drops his pot of gold coins trying to get away.

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.