Fun Ideas for St. Patrick's Day Kindergarten activities.
St. Patrick's Day is an exciting time in kindergarten. Kids get all excited about what the sneaky little leprechaun will do and how they can catch him. You can keep St. Patrick's Day fun without making it stressful.
Setting up for your Kindergarten Classroom for St. Patrick's Day
Start by making little leprechaun footprints all around the classroom. You can use green tempera paint for this and it will come off easily with a Clorox wipe. I would make a fist and paint the bottom of my fist green ten stamp my fist on the tables and a few other locations around the room. This made the perfect little footprint and I'd add dots for toes.
You'll probably want to do this the evening before unless you get to school super early. Although, tempera paint does dry quickly and I've pulled it off before school starts. One year I thought it would be fun to add glitter – I would not recommend that.
It really doesn't take much to make St. Patrick's Day special for kindergarteners. I mix things up a little bit but nothing over the top. I might mix up name tags or turn chairs upside down. Sometimes I'd hide all my markers except the green ones. I would not recommend taking your students' crayons and only leaving them green if you plan to do any seat work throughout the day.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can put a few drops of green food coloring in your classroom toilet. It never stained ours and the kids went crazy over it!
Plan a St. Patrick's Day Snack
Our leprechaun always left a small Rollo candy because they are already wrapped in gold and they are inexpensive. We also either had Fruit Loops (for the rainbow) or Lucky Charms Cereal as a snack. We ate our snacks on green plates or green napkins from the Dollar Tree. Again, nothing fancy but the kids love it because it's different.
St. Patrick's Day Kindergarten Activities
Simple STEM Activity:
We always did a simple stem activity using pipe cleaners, play dough, and plastic pots from the Dollar Tree. Put your students in small groups or pairs and have them work together using the pipe cleaners and play dough to create a rainbow that can balance their leprechaun's pot.
St. Patrick's Day Read Aloud:
(Amazon affiliate links included) I always read Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling because it's full of great adjectives and it's a counting book. We would discuss the different describing words as we read the book. It's great for sequencing, too.
Another cute option is The Littlest Leprechaun by Brandi Dougherty. This is a cute story about a leprechaun who feels too small to be helpful. He learns a great, relatable lesson. Both of these books are available on Scholastic Book Clubs, too.
St. Patrick's Day Independent Work:
Free St. Patrick's Day Note to Send Home
Click here to download this free note to personalize and send home with your students to let them know how lucky you are to be their teacher!
Keep it is simple and have a super fun St. Patrick's Day!