Happy St. Patrick's Day Teachers
Before the kids arrive to school, make a little mess in the room. For example in your circle time area you can sprinkle glitter, turn over a chair, and torn pieces of green paper. When the kids arrive tell them that a leprechaun visited the class. Tell the kids the leprechaun left treats some where in the school and they have to help find them. Have clues posted in different areas of the school and leave the treats in a special area. Read the different clues to the kids giving them a hint where the treats may be. Once the kids have guessed all the clues that will lead them to the treats. Our class normally spray paint rocks gold and have them in a pot and we have cookies and stickers for the big treat. The kids really get excited when they see the pot of gold. Each child should get a piece of gold to take home.
St. Patrick's Day science
Explain the myth about leprechauns hiding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Then fill a glass full of water and put it in the sun, or take a crystal and put it in the sun and talk about the order of the colors, and how water or crystal separate light into different colors because light has all the colors the same as black.
Talk about rainbows and leprechauns sometime in the week. Then tell the children you are going to make rainbow ice. Let the kids drop primary food coloring colors into the ice cube tray; showing them how colors combine to make new colors. Then freeze the ice and let the children look at them. Next, let the ice melt in some cooking oil making rainbow swirls that fall to the bottom, and explain water and oil don't mix.
A great idea for St. Patrick's Day in the sensory table: add several bags of split peas (hard ones) to your water table to discover the color green! Add your bowls, spoons, pots, and pans to the fun of making split pea soup!
To explore St. Patrick's day I put potato flakes (instant potatoes) in the sensory table with many green items (spoons, mini shovels, cars...) but on the last day of the team I add water and they get to experiment with mashed potatoes (could add green food coloring if you wish)
Cut the bottom off of a potato so that it will stand up on its own. Then cut the top of the potato out and hollow it out about one inch deep. Have the children paint the potatoes green and decorate with a face (beads, pipe cleaners, etc.) Fill the hollowed out top of the potato with soil and grass seeds. Water them. After they grow you will have a leprechaun with green grass hair.
We have done this for several years now and the children love it.
My birthday is on St. Pat's Day so I tell the children I know several leprechauns personally. My best friend is Sean. Since we are such good friends he likes to play jokes on my class.
A few days before St. Pat's Day "Sean" will leave us notes. "I've been watching. I like the way ... was paying attention, etc. I'll have a surprise for you on St. Pat's Day." He even leaves us little chocolate money to estimate.
On the 17th I use the bottom of my palm and my little finger to make green foot prints all around the room. When the children come in they, of course, notice green foot prints going across the t.v., the computer monitors, etc. "Well," I say, "just wait until I talk to that Sean!" The little rascal. They have fun looking for the prints.
Hidden around the room are shamrocks with the ABC's printed on them. Sean leaves us a message on the marker board challenging us to find them. We do, saying the letter name, sound, and a word that starts with it.
Then, at after recess, we come back to the room and there is a note from Sean saying he has hidden a surprise for us. (I back a large cake, the Wilton sheet cake that takes about 3 mixes. This year I used a chocolate one, tinted a yellow one green and a white one purple. I put them in the pan and then used a fork to swirl the colors. It turned out very pretty. The other teacher asks her parents to send in green drinks.)
I use foot prints for my kids to follow. Outside our door the 5th graders have placed, "Go to the place where you draw pictures." Once there we have another message. We go to 4 places before finding our way back to the cafeteria. The other teachers leaves out shamrocks for her kids to follow. That way we don't get mixed up. Each child has a name on a footprint or a shamrock.
Back at the cafeteria we find the goodies. Sean has also forgotten his bottle of magic leprechaun dust, green colored sugar. I tell the children if I sprinkle it on their tongues it will make them run like the wind. You should see them at recess running around. They'll come and stick out their tongues for more.
Grow leprechaun hair! Let each child plant grass seed in a clear plastic cup. They can also drew a face on a small round piece of paper and glue to the front. We do this the week before st. pat.'s day and tell them that by st. pat.' s day their leprechaun's will be growing green hair!
Shamrock Puppy: Have the children trace a shamrock out of heavy green paper and cut it out. Turn the shamrock so the stem is up. Have the students draw eyes with crayons or markers. Glue a red tongue at the bottom. Glue a small dog biscuit shaped liked a bone on the stem!
Needed: old terry cloth towel lettuce seeds spray bottle for water shallow pan or tray sunny window Cut out the shape of a shamrock from the terry cloth. Dampen the cloth. Spread out on a shallow pan. Sprinkle lettuce seeds over shamrock. Gently pat seeds. Set in sunny window. Spray with water morning and evening. In 10 days you should have a green shamrock. Lettuce seedlings can be transplanted to yield eatable lettuce!
The children love squishy bags. I fill Ziploc quart size food storage bags with inexpensive green hair gel and add St. Patty's Day confetti and gold glitter. Try to "burp" the bag to remove most of the air. I then insert the bag into another bag seal side down. "Burp" this bag as well. The children have a great sensory experience with no mess! It's very colorful too and can be adapted to other holidays or for the study of colors.
Talk to children about the legend of leprechauns. Have children trace shamrock pattern onto green construction paper and cut out. Have them dictate to you how they would catch a leprechaun. Write on the shamrock. Have children decorate with green items, or put glue around edges and sprinkle glitter on them. Share children's ideas. Makes a cute bulletin board.
Cut 1 inch strips of green and yellow construction paper. Children make chains using an AB pattern. Hang from the ceiling.
Children trace shamrock, minus the stem, on green construction paper and cut out. Use black paper and cut out a hat. Glue on shamrock. Glue scrap of green on hat. Add white strips of paper for arms and legs. Draw on face. Hang from the ceiling among the green/yellow chains. Looks real festive.
My idea is for the month of March. I use the following saying saying: "March" into a good book. I then have the students color shamrocks and write (in black marker) the title of their favorite book. I also have a large shamrock in the middle of the bulletin board with my favorite book and my name. This allows other students in the school to find the title of a good book. Most of the books that my students choose are AR books.
St. Patrick's Day Windsocks - Use an Edy's Ice-Cream container (minus the lid). Cut out the bottom. Cover the container with light green paper. Cut out a dark green shamrock and glue it on the light green paper. Using a couple of different shades of green crepe paper, cut six of these to about 20 inches long. Glue these to the bottom of the container. Then evenly around the top part of the container put 4 hole punches. Cut 4 pieces of green yarn about 14 inches long and tie to each hole. Then tie the other ends together. This project was fun to do.
Several weeks before St. Patrick's day, I begin telling the children that the leprechaun is watching their behavior. One day during nap time, I sprinkle gold or green glitter all over the room and next to their mats to show that the leprechaun visited. I also put gold items outside for the kids to find. I have also written a note from the leprechaun stating that he has lost his shoe and his bag of gold. For the shoe I spray paint it green with glitter. One year I hid the shoe up very high in a tree.
Highlight your precious little ones in a sparkling display titled "We're More Precious Than Gold". Enlarge a leprechaun and mount near a large pot. Attach shamrocks to the pot. Have each child cut out a large gold construction paper coin and glue a photograph of himself on his coin. Next, have each child decorate his coin with glitter. Then mount each coin above the pot, along with the title.
Give each child a shamrock with a note from a Leprechaun on it and a map. The note would tell them to use the map to find a gold piece in the room. They follow the map and find the gold piece. Have goodies in the pot. They can have a goodie when they put their gold piece in there. skill: visual discrimination
Have leprechauns holding a sign with a certain number of shamrocks on it. Then have shamrocks with numbers written on them. Have the children match the shamrock to the leprechaun. For check: Have the number written on the back of the sign.
Pots of Gold
Paint miniature clay pots green. Fill the pots with gold wrapped chocolate coins and you have a pot of gold. Add a pretty gold bow if you like!
Pot of "Corn Pops" gold
Cut out a small black pot from construction paper. Glue Corn Pops cereal pieces at the top of the pot for the gold. You can also attach a white piece of paper on the base of the pot on which you can write. I like to ask the kids what they would like to find at the end of the rainbow. It makes a very cute bulletin board or door decoration.
Two days before St. Pat's Day, I totally mess-up the classroom before the children arrive in the morning. I also stick shamrock stickers on the floor and walls. On St. Pat's Day, I hide gold spray-painted rocks and gold foil-wrapped coins on the play yard.
When my son was in k-garten, on St. Pats Day while his class had their library time, several parents came into the classroom, overturned a few chairs, and generally made it look like a mischievous leprechauns had been in their room (without making too big of a mess) scattered magic dust (glitter) around the room and we hid gold chocolate coins all over, so when the kids came back they thought the leprechauns had paid them a visit, everyone got a treat bag and went on a treasure hunt for the coins. When all the coins had been found the children gathered in a circle and divided the coins up evenly. The teacher also had a poem about that the leprechauns left for the children but I don't remember it. The kids had a blast and learned a lesson about sharing.
For St. Patrick's day, spray paint pinto beans gold. Before your children go out to the playground sprinkle the "gold" all around. The children have a great time hunting for the leprechaun's gold.
fill your sensory table with bubbles and green food coloring, have the children mix it with their bubble wands.....then blow green bubbles.
Find a leprechaun picture from a color book. Make enough copies so each of your students may have one. Have students color them. Take individual snapshots of each student. Cut student's faces out and tape them in place of the leprechaun's face. Display them outside your classroom so everyone can enjoy them!
Those naughty leprechauns!! Make the water in your toilet green using green food coloring: Green Tinkle is always a hit!!
Make name tags for the children that say O'Ginny or O'Willy, etc...
For St.Patricks Day, I had the children paint a great big black pot. Then I cut out large cirlces and the children painted them yellow. One each one of them I asked the children what their golden thoughts were and I wrote it on their golden coins. I then stapled them on the black pot. It seemed like my pot was bigger than it could of been, so I had the children paint some shamrocks and I added them and it turned out really cute. Parents just love to read these things I do things like this quit often and they enjoy it.
For St. Patrick's Day I dye rice green with food coloring and alcohol. Then I spray paint lima beans gold and hide ten in the table and the children hunt for the gold. They really enjoy this and they have to search for the correct number of gold pieces.
Name: Yvonne E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For St. Patrick's Day:
Read "Leprechaun's Never Lie" (can't recall the author's name). Talk about all the places the leprechaun hid his gold. Then have students draw a picture of where their leprechaun hid his gold. Have students tell about their pictures. Write the following phrase on the picture:
Jessica's leprechaun hid his gold under the rainbow.
Make a cover titled, "Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Where is Your Gold? Bind and add book to the class library.
Name: Cheryl E-Mail: Tugboat63@aol.com
My idea is that during rest time on St. Patricks day that silly ol' leprachaun makes a surprise visit. He usually leaves a small mess because he was looking for his pot of gold. He leaves shamrock cookies and foot prints. This year I purchased a small green hat and he will leave it behind! I have fun with it, oh and the children wear green of course.
Name: Julie E-Mail: BandJSouva@AOL.com
We made leprecauns using:
1 glass baby food jar
1 green pom pom
green construction paper-
formed in cone shape for hat
cut into pointy ears
2 googlie eyes
green, white, orange and yellow (St. Patricks Day colors) sand
-curling ribbon ( green and white) or a feather to decorate the top of the hat
-orange yarn for hair
Fill baby jar with colored sand. Glue on eyes, pom pom for nose, ears and hair.
Put cone shaped hat on with streamers coming out of the top.
Name: Greer E-Mail: email@example.com
Paint a paper bowl green, add green glitter or shamrock confetti, attach a little buckle made of construction paper, then attach elastic.
Name: rebecca E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have each child make a leprechaun trap at home. They bring in in the day before St. Patrick's Day. We set the traps up before the kids leave that day. In the morining I leave each child a note from the leprechaun and mess the room up. I also leave foot prints from a stencil I made out of tagboard. (Sometimes I dip use green paint for the foot prints or baby powder).
Cut out a shamrock for each child using old terry cloth towels. Let each child dampen their shamrock and place it in a pie tin. Give them some alphalfa seeds and let the children sprinkle them on top of their shamrock. Place in a sunny area and watch them grow. Make sure you keep the seeds damp. Cha-cha-cha-Chia!
Name: Carol E-Mail: Cann16
You can cut out shamrock shapes and have the children punch holes all around the edge of the shape. Then with gold ribbon have the children lace through the holes. Can then have the children write (or teacher if young child) :
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.