Leapin' Leprechauns!


St. Patty's Day Library:


Circle Time Activities:

5 Green Shamrocks: (A felt board counting and name recognition poem)
Display 5 shamrocks with a student's name printed on each one.  As you recite the poem, the student finds their shamrock and removes it from the board.

5 green shamrocks growing outside my door,
________ picked one, and then there were 4.

4 green shamrocks, green as green could be,
________ picked one, and then there were 3.

3 green shamrocks, sitting by my shoe,
________ picked one, and then there were 2.

2 green shamrocks, nodding in the sun,
________ picked one, and that left 1.

1 green shamrock for St. Patrick's Day fun,
________ picked it, and that left none.

Leprechaun, Leprechaun: (A fun directional activity for students)
Students will have fun dancing to this cute song.  Just make up your own tune.

Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the right. (step to the right)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the right.
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the right.
Dance all around the rainbow. (turn in a circle)

Additional Verses:
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the left. (step to the left)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to front. (step forward)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the back. (step backward)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance all around.(circle)

Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Sit right down. (sit down)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Sit right down.
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Sit right down.
Underneath the rainbow.

Literacy Activities:

Leprechaun's Favorite Color: A printable emergent reader book from Making Learning Fun.  Print here to view and print.

What Does the Shamrock See?: A printable book from Toddler House.  Click here and scroll all the way to the bottom for "mini book." You'll find other great printables here too.

St. Patrick's Day: Martha Shehan has created a book to accompany Dr. Jean's "St. Patrick's Day Song."  You can find the free printable book at her website here.

Have You Seen My Pot of Gold?: Another printable book.  Has a great repeatable line you could program into a Big Mac switch.  Click here to view and print.

Art Activities:

Rainbow Streamer:  Cut the center out of a paper plate and paint any color.  Cut long pieces of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple crepe paper streamers.  Each streamer should be about 2 to three feet long.  Glue the end of each streamer to the paper plate to make a rainbow.

Pot of Gold:  Cut out large gold pot from black construction paper.  Glue to another sheet of construction paper. Glue gold coins (cut out of yellow paper) around the pot or Cereal Corn Pops make great gold!

Handprint Rainbow:  Make a handprint rainbow on large paper using red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple

 Leprechaun Hat:  Cut out the center of a Styrofoam plate.  Attach a Styrofoam bowl to the center of the plate.  Paint Green and add a black strip of construction paper for the buckle.

Leprechaun Cut and Paste: Printable craft from Making Learning Fun.  Click here to view and print.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Hat:  Another printable craft from Making Learning Fun. Click here to view and print.

St. Patrick’s Day Windsock:  Cut the end out of a paper bag. Paint the bag and decorate with shamrocks. Attach green and gold streamers to the end of the bag. On the other end of the bag punch two holes (reinforce with tape and then punch) and put yarn through it. Your children can now hang up their windsock and watch the wind blow through it.

Shamrock Hearts:  Cut out 3 green hearts from construction paper.  Glue onto another sheet of construction paper to make a shamrock.  The 3 green hearts make the shamrock leaves.  Add a stem.

Tissue Paper Shamrock: Cut out shamrock shape.  Student tear green tissue paper and glue on shamrock shape.

Marble Painted Shamrock:  Print the shamrock here.  Students write name in the blank (this will be the back of the shamrock.)  Put in box top, drop in green paint and a marble.  Let students roll marbles around to make neat designs on the shamrock.

Easy Shamrock Paper Plate: An easy craft from Making Learning Fun.  View picture here.

Fingerpaint Shamrock:  Give each student a shamrock shape cut from white fingerpaint paper.  Put a glob of yellow and glob of blue paint on paper.  Students paint the shamrock and watch as it turns into green.

Work Activities:

Counting Gold Coins: Print Pot of Gold math mats here.  Provide students with "gold" coins to count onto math mats.  These could be Mardi Gras coins, gold painted rocks, or pennies.  You could also have students make play-dough gold coins to place on mat.

Shamrock Color Matching:  Cut out and laminate shamrocks from various colors. Students sort the colored shamrocks into colored plates.

Shamrock Size Sorting: Printable activity from Making Learning Fun.  Click here to view and print.


Color a Shamrock: Print game sheet here.  Place numbers 1-6 on All-Turn-It spinner or large foam dice.  Students take turns spinning for a number and color the corresponding number on their shamrock.  First person to complete their picture WINS!

Pot of Gold Counting Game: Give each student a plastic cup painted black.  This will be their pot.  Place a large amount of gold coins in the center of the table.  Put numbers 1-5 on an All-Turn-It Spinner.  Students take turns spinning for a number and count the corresponding number of coins into their pot.  The student who fills up their pot first WINS! 
TIP: For students who need help counting, have "counting cards" labeled with the numeral and appropriate number of dots.  The student spins for a number, finds the matching card, and puts the gold coins on top of the dots, for one-to-one correspondence, then dumps the coins into his pot.

Pot of Gold Counting Game Version 2: A printable version of this game can be found at Making Learning Fun.  Print the math mats and gold coins and laminate.  Students spin for a number and put one coin per pot until all pots are filled.  Person to fill the math mat first WINS!  Click here to view and print.

Cooking Activities: