I don’t know about you but St. Patrick’s Day is one of my absolute favorite holidays! Mostly because it’s a low-key holiday for the classroom. One you can incorporate some St. Patrick’s Day fun without overloading. You don’t need to have a party for it, students don’t get hyped up on sugar, and your whole day isn’t wasted by chaos. These St. Patty’s day activities will get you and your kiddos excited for the holiday with just the perfect amount of celebration!
St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Your Classroom
1. Planting Shamrocks
I’ve planted shamrocks in my class for the last few years and it is such a simple but fun St. Patrick’s Day activity. I buy small plastic cauldrons for students to plant their seeds in. During the activity, I pull students in small groups to plant them. Then, I put them in our window to get light. I pull an equity stick each day for a student to water all of them with a spray bottle. This is a very non-stressful way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
2. The Luckiest Leprechaun Book Companion
The Luckiest Leprechaun by Justine Korman is the cutest St. Patrick’s Day read-a-loud! For those who haven’t read, it’s about a grumpy old leprechaun who thinks everyone is trying to steal his gold. A silly pup, Lucky, stumbles upon the leprechaun and all he wants to do is be his friend and guard dog, despite the leprechaun avoiding and ignoring him. Someone comes along and takes the leprechaun’s gold and Lucky goes after him, searching for it. While he’s gone, the leprechaun realizes he likes Lucky and is glad to have his friendship.
This book companion resource has all you need for a language arts lesson during your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
3. Worth More Than Gold Craftivity
Part of The Luckiest Leprechaun Book Companion is a craftivity that will look awesome as your St. Patrick’s Day bulletin board. Students pick something that is worth more to them than gold and write why. Then they color the cauldron full of gold. When you staple the top page to the bottom page, it doubles as a writing and art project!
4. Write the Room
Of course one of my favorite holiday activities is a Write the Room. My students love to get their bodies moving and read and write new vocabulary.
5. Leprechaun Traps
A very common St. Patrick’s Day activity is building leprechaun traps. I start this lesson off with a poem from Lucky the Leprechaun. (Get this free here!) Then, we brainstorm our traps. We draw a blueprint, write out what materials we’ll need and then finally how we’re going to catch the leprechaun. Once we’ve thought our traps through (and I teach kinder so these are always very creative and imaginative) we get to work. I spread this activity out over a few days and ask for each student to bring in some sort of box before we get started on the trap creations. I always love seeing how they’ll lure in the leprechaun and how he’ll get trapped once inside! Get your leprechaun trap lesson plan here.)
What are your favorite St. Patrick’s Day activities your students do in your classroom?
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