St. Patrick’s Day Games For School
St. Patrick’s Day games for school and home.
Have a starting point for a treasure hunt. At the first site, place a clue that will lead them to the next site. At site two, there will be a clue to where site three is and so on. Once at the end, there will be a pot of gold (candy, prizes, etc.) You can have each site spread far apart so they really have to work for their reward. To make it even more fun, make the clues a little rhyme such as, “The next site will make you think, it’s near where you get a drink”. Then they will know that the next clue is at a water fountain. I’ve played this with people of all ages and they love it.
St. Patrick’s Bingo
Make bingo cards and put them on some green construction paper. Then, make drawing cards for all the numbers on the cards. On the cards, put TRICK instead of BINGO (at the top). Make tiny three-leaf clovers for markers. You now have your game!
I cut out large shamrocks out of green posterboard and cover them with contact paper. I place them out like hopscotch. I spray paint rocks gold to use as markers for the game and the kids have an “old” game turned “new” and eventful for the holiday!
For several days before St. Patrick’s Day, create leprechaun footprints in a variety of media — green paper one day, paint another, flour, mud, etc. — and try to figure out where Lucky has been that day. Great for creative problem-solving!
We write a letter to the leprechauns trying to guess how much gold is in the pot. If we guess correctly, the leprechauns have to hand over the gold. On St. Patty’s Day, I leave a rhyming letter from the leprechauns, along with footprints and candy gold as evidence of the leprechauns visit. Of course, we guess incorrectly:).
St. Patrick’s Day Dramatic Play Activity Materials Drum Tommie DePola’s Patrick (Optional) 1. Discuss the myth of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland. 2. Ask the children to act out the actions of a snake. Lie on the ground and wiggle around. 3. Pick on child to act out Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland.
For St. Patrick’s Day: Fill a black pot (I use a Halloween witch’s cauldron) with either gold foil covered chocolates that look like coins, or gold foil wrapped Hershey’s HUGS. To make the pot look really full, stuff the bottom of the pot with crumpled newspaper and cover that with a piece of black construction paper. Show the pot of gold to the children in the beginning of their session, then, when the class is out of the room, ask a co-worker to hide all the “gold” and turn the pot upside down in the center of the room. Have a note written on the chalkboard (in green chalk of course!) that reads: “Have some fun and find my gold”. Explain to the class that leprechauns are full of fun and mischief and that they want to play a game! Find the hidden “gold” pieces and count them. You can use both types of candy for this activity and then do a sorting activity. Let each child take home one or two pieces of “gold”. My class loved this activity.
For a math project with preschoolers, my children love making charts. We take a box of Lucky Charms and we sort the marshmallows in rows. Ex. all rainbows in one row and stars in one row. We count how many of each we found and we eat the cereal the children love this. Try it for ST. Patrick’s Day.
We go searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! I run a very long length of ribbon throughout our playground. It weaves around trees, under large toys, around corners, etc. Actually, it is several long pieces of ribbon tied end to end…first red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, violet. The kids follow the rainbow path to find treasure — a leprechaun’s pot of gold coins, small toys, stickers, gold rocks, or whatever you want to hide! This activity works especially well if you have enough teachers to take the children out to the path in small groups.
Leprechaun, Leprechaun Where’s your shamrock?
This game is a take-off on “Doggy, Doggy, Where’s Your Bone”.
The “leprechaun’ sits with his eyes closed and a paper shamrock behind him. A child is chosen to tiptoe up and take the shamrock and return to his seat. Then all the children hide their hands in their pockets or behind their backs and recite “Leprechaun, Leprechaun, where’s your shamrock? Someone has it in their pocket!” The leprechaun gets 3 guesses as to who has his shamrock. The person with the shamrock is the next leprechaun. My 4’s love the versions of this game.