Since St. Patrick's Day is coming up this March 17th, I figured I'd share some fun St. Patrick's Day Activities you can incorporate into your own classroom! These educational St. Patrick's Day themed activities include morning work, art projects, math activities, science activities, literacy activities, and more!
Holidays and celebrations can be so much fun in kindergarten! However, we sometimes forfeit precious instruction time with all the different celebrations we have throughout the year. As a result, time becomes even more special as we arrive at the end of the school year. So, I thought it would be a fun idea to incorporate my lesson plans with fun, festive themed activities for the best of both worlds!
So, if you're ready to kick off St. Patrick's Day with some fun activities, keep reading! This article discusses different ways to incorporate your favorite activities into your lessons for maximum efficiency!
St. Patrick's Day Morning Tubs
Setting up themed morning tubs is a quick and easy way to incorporate St. Patrick's Day fun in kindergarten and accomplish learning objectives. You can also use my March Morning Tubs for center activities. Your students are sure to stay engaged with these themed, hands-on tasks.
I love incorporating festive activities into morning tubs because it's the perfect way to start the day! The best part is your students still participate in their morning routine while engaging in St. Patrick's Day activities!
St. Patrick's Day Directed Drawings
There is no question that directed drawings are lots of fun for students! They love having the opportunity to create something and use their art supplies within the classroom. Another great thing about them is that students can use them throughout the year for a variety of different celebrations.
We do directed drawings for St. Patrick's Day for things like pots of gold, a four-leaf clover, gold coins, and little leprechauns! Then, we add a learning element to this fun St. Patrick's Day activity by writing a sentence about the directed drawing. Your more advanced students can even write a story about the picture they created!
STEM Activities for St. Patrick's Day
Another great way to bring learning into your St. Patrick's Day celebrations is by doing STEM projects centered around the holiday. First, you give students a problem like a leprechaun needing a bridge to cross the river. Then, they use provided materials and their problem-solving skills to create their own bridge. By doing a fun activity like this, students can celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a fun way while building early engineering skills.
Festive Find and Color Activities
Find and color activities are great activities you can cater to any celebration within the classroom! For example, students may have coloring sheets for rainbows, leprechauns, or shamrocks during March. With these activities, they also have the task of finding certain things (like letters or numbers) and coloring spaces according to a key! For example, you can have your students color all the colors of the rainbow according to numbers.
In addition, I created a set of find and color activities that are editable, so you can decide what you want the coloring sheet to focus on. For example, you can type different teen numbers into the key if you are working on teen number recognition. Then, it automatically updates the rest of the color sheet. Likewise, if you are focusing on recognizing certain letters of the alphabet or specific sight words, you can include them as well! Overall, find and color activities are a great way to address math and literacy skills in a fun way.
Crafts and Writing Activities
No kindergarten celebration is complete without fun thematic crafts, and St. Patrick's Day is no different! However, you still want to incorporate your kindergarten learning goals into those activities. Creative writing is the perfect way to add valuable learning to your St. Patrick's Day crafts!
For example, students can create a leprechaun craft and write about making their own leprechaun trap. They could also write about things that have happened to them that make them feel lucky. For example, if doing a rainbow craft, your students could write about something special that they would like to find at the end of a rainbow! Using writing prompts with a St. Patrick's Day theme is the perfect opportunity for combining St. Patrick's Day symbols with literacy activities!
Incorporating Holidays Into Your Classroom
As a fun holiday approaches, it is essential to share in the celebration with our students. After all, we know how important these things are to them. In addition, we know they will be on our students' minds, so we might as well make the most of it! So, it's important as teachers to use these celebrations to our advantage without wasting instructional time. Choosing the right resources and activities makes it possible for us to do just that!