St. Patrick’s Day Games

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!

Lucky’s Footprints!

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.

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