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St. Patrick's Day Activities and Quick Last-Minute Ideas

Incorporate These Ideas into Your St. Patrick's Day Theme

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St. Patrick's Day Activities and Quick Last-Minute Ideas
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Traditionally, every March 17th we celebrate St. Patrick's Day. This is a time to celebrate the holiday and honor the Irish with St. Patrick's Day activities. With a little luck, your students will enjoy learning about the Irish and have fun too! To help you get in the spirit, use these crafts, recipes and activities with your students.

If you need a quick last-minute idea for your St. Patrick's Day theme, use the following: Age: Kindergarten - Second Grade

Art Crafts

Shamrock

Supplies Needed:
  • Green paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Craft supplies

Directions:

  1. Trace a shamrock onto a piece of green paper.
  2. Cut out the shamrock.
  3. Decorate with green items such as: green tissue paper, green glitter, green beads, green Easter grass etc.

Fruit Loop Rainbow

Supplies Needed:

  • Fruit Loops
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Distribute a bowl full of Fruit Loops to each student.
  2. Have students sort the Fruit Loops by color.
  3. Then have students glue each piece of cereal onto a piece of green construction paper to create a rainbow.
More St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Activities

Math

Lucky Charms Sorting

  1. Distribute a bowl full of Lucky Charms cereal to each student.
  2. For younger students have them count and sort the cereal.
  3. For older students have them sort,categorize and graph the cereal.
  4. When the activity is completed they can eat it!

Lucky Numbers

Supplies Needed:
  • Pennies
  • Dice
  • Bingo Board
Directions:
  1. Pair students together and distribute a number bingo board to each student. (If you are crafty you can create one that has a four leaf clover on it)
  2. Have each student take turns rolling one die, and then place a penny on the corresponding number on their bingo board.
  3. The first student to fill their board is the lucky winner.

Recipes

Shamrock Shake

Ingredients:
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Cups of Sherbert or ice cream
  • 2 Cups of milk
Blend altogether to create a shamrock shake.

Pot O'Gold

Ingredients:
  • Skittles
  • Graham crackers
  • Whipped topping
  • Reese's Mini cups

Spread the whipped topping onto the graham cracker. Then place the Skittles in the shape of a rainbow on top of the cracker. Lastly, place the Reese's peanut butter cup next to the rainbow to serve as the pot of gold.

More Traditional Irish Recipes

Games

Shamrock Shimmy Relay

Supplies Needed:
  • 2 Lucky Four Leaf Clovers
How to Play:
  1. Divide children into two teams.
  2. The first member of the team must shimmy to the front of the classroom and come back and hand off the four leaf clover to the next member of the team.
  3. Continue to pass the lucky four leaf clover until all members of the team have had a turn.

Lucky Leprechaun

Supplies Needed:
  • Coins
How to Play:
  1. Select a student to be the "Lucky Leprechaun". This student will blind their eyes while the classmates hide a coin.
  2. Have the other students sit in a circle on the rug. At "go" the students on the rug will begin to pass the coin around the circle until the "Lucky Leprechaun" says "stop."
  3. When the leprechaun thinks they know who has the coin, they call out the suspect and that person now becomes the new leprechaun.

Additional Ideas

Need more ideas? I have gathered together the best St. Patrick's Day printables, songs and worksheets on the web. Here are a few more:

St. Patrick's Day Printables

St. Patrick's Day Songs

St. Patrick's Day Worksheets

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