St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! I’m here to share with you my favorite, go-to St. Patrick’s Day themed activities and centers to get your students learning through PLAY! Be sure to grab the Clover Ten Frame Cards FREEBIE too!
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The St. Patrick’s Day writing center is filled with GREEN goodies to inspire little writers! To set up this center, fill the black pocket chart with St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary cards. On the table, set up green writing paper and green shamrock stickers along with buckets filled with various writing tools. I even added green letter writing paper so students can write letters to leprechauns!
To make writing letters a bit more fun, I hid leprechaun letter cards in rainbow rice! Students had to find the letter cards and trace the letters using every color to make it rainbow.
Students’ names are important and meaningful for little learners. My students LOVE stamping their friends’ names in green play dough using letter stamps. I wrote each student’s name on a foam shamrock that I purchased from Dollar Tree.
Writing trays awaken the senses! Students match the upper and lower case coin letters and write the letters in the writing tray. This tray is filled with green sprinkles and St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles like these.
For my students who are ready to practice sight words, they can build and write sight words in the tray and with the gold letter coins.
Writing trays can be tricky to find. This tray was a “catch all” tray I found in the Dollar Spot at Target. I also like to use trays that lacing sets come in for writing trays.
Rainbow rhyme puzzles help make rhyming engaging! This is especially true for my friends who love puzzles!
A beginning sounds game with a St. Patrick’s day theme is a fun idea too! Students match the hats to the corresponding letter cat.
My students LOVE play dough trays! The one pictured above is a St. Patrick’s Day theme. I filled it will gold coins, shamrock cookie cutters, green gems, green play dough and green spatulas. The sorting tray and gold coins are from the Dollar Tree.
Paint chip activities are always a hit with my students. Just cut a paper plate in half and draw a rainbow on it. Cut the paint strips so they are skinny in size.
Students cut up the paint strips and glue the colors on the plate. It is an engaging way to strengthen those little fine motor muscles and practice scissor skills. It’s also the perfect opportunity to talk about light and dark colors!
Just be sure to grab extra red, orange, and yellow paint strips. Students will use lots of those colors to create their rainbows.
We also make a class paint chip rainbow! Yes, it does take a lot paint chips. Every time I go to Lowes, I always grab a handful of paint chip samples to build a collection for projects like this.
Making collaborative group projects gives students an opportunity to practice sharing space, sharing supplies, taking turns and problem solving with peers. Isn’t their rainbow amazing?!
The sensory table is filled with green, orange and yellow straws. I also like to add in beads, pipe cleaners, scissors and sequins for added sparkle. Students can cut the straws or lace the beads and straws on the pipe cleaners. I always grab straws from the Dollar Tree and Walmart because they are so inexpensive.
A simple fine motor craft for St. Patrick’s Day is a clover collage. Students crumble up green tissue paper and glue it to the paper clover. It’s also fun to offer green glitter glue and green sequins to add to the clover too! You can never have enough sparkle!
Hi Low (aka War) is the best game to play to help students develop an understanding of more and less. Using ten frame cards, students can visually see the amount then count to check! Win win!
You can also print out two sets to create a memory or matching game. Go grab them HERE or by clicking on the picture.
Pot of Gold count has students counting coins (real objects), ten frames, dice and tally marks as well as recognizing numerals. It’s so important for students to understand the various ways numbers can be represented.
Sorting with a St. Patrick’s Day twist! Students sort clovers by pattern (pictured here) and by size. Sorting can be hard, and some students need lots of practice recognizing similarities and differences.
Don’t forget about adding some St. Patrick’s Day or green props and STEM I Can Build Cards to the BLOCKS center! I posted some fun St. Patrick’s Day STEM challenges like build a leprechaun hideout and build a horseshoe.
Need a science investigation to go with a St. Patrick’s Day theme? Try color mixing! Your students will love it and learn a ton!
This is how I set up my science table last year when we did our color investigations:
We made a color wheel and color chart using paint chips. We also read books about color mixing, explored paint mixing baggies just like the book, Mouse Paint. We made a color mixing chart to record our findings. On the table, I set up colored water, pipettes and Petri dishes. Students experimented by mixing the colors and making new colors. Be sure to cover the table with plastic or laminated white paper like I did. The colored water may stain the table.
>>Grab the All About Colors science unit HERE <<
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