Place colored blocks in your block area. There are many available such as colored foam blocks, colored cardboard blocks (that look like bricks), etc. The children can make rainbow roads, cities and more!
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your St Patricks Day Activities Theme!
Which Color Is Missing?
Bring different colored shamrock (or other colored shapes) of paper to circle time. Have children name colors. They cover their eyes, you take one colored shape away. They guess which color is missing.
We find that the same children tend to answer all the time. To prevent this, we work on patience and waiting our turns! We ask "Who wants a turn guessing the missing color?". ONLY the person whose turn it is can guess. They do develop better patience and waiting abilities over time!
Who Has THIS Letter?
Make 2 sets of 26 shamrock/clover shapes and program them with letters.
Give out a shamrock to each student. Keep track of the letters you give out. From the second set, only have those letters in front of you, face down.
Make up a rhyme such as: Letter, letter. Which shall it be? Who has the letter that's in front of me?
Flip over a letter shamrock and the children who have that letter will let you know that they have it!
You could also have multiples of many letters if you want to focus on specific letters. In this case, a few children would have the same letter.
VARIATION: This activity could be done for number recognition or color recognition as well.
Snack Recipe Ideas for Your St Patricks Day Activities Theme
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Irish Brown Bread
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
1. Heat oven to 400 (Fahrenheit)
2. Have all children wash their hands and discuss the importance of clean hands before cooking!
3. Combine all DRY ingredients in a bowl. Allow each child to put in something!
4. This recipe is best when mixed by hand, however, I usually have the children take turns mixing with a spoon!
5. Pour in the buttermilk.
6. Mix again with spoon. Then, the adult mixes by hand. It will be wet and sticky at this point!
7. With lightly floured hands, have children help you shape the dough into a ball.
8. Place on a floured cookie sheet.
9. With a knife, make a deep X in the top of the ball, widening the X with the knife as you cut.
10. Bake until golden brown (approximately 50 minutes).
11. Cool on a rack for about 10 minutes.
This recipe makes an loaf about 6-7 inches wide.
It might be fun to divide the bread into smaller amounts after step 6 and let each child make their own loaf! I have not done this with the children yet, so I'm not sure how long mini-loaves would need to bake.
St Patricks Day Activities for Music & Movement to Get Your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Play different types of Irish music (jigs, ballads, etc.) for the children to dance to. Suggest they dance to the tempo/speed of the song they hear. Add a "freeze dance" component by tell the children they need to freeze when the music stops.
St Patricks Day Activities for Your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Materials needed: Bubble solution and bubble wands
At group time, talk about bubbles as you blow some. This will be a very excited discusssion! Ask the children to watch a bubble and discuss what they see.
Can they see the rainbow colors in the bubbles? Try flashing a flashlight on a bubble, observe in a dark area. Is it easier or more difficult to see? If possible, blow bubbles outside and ask children to observe and look for rainbows inside the bubbles. The rainbows are much easier to see when there is more light shining through them.
EXTENSION: Make your own bubbles!
Add 2/3 cup of Dawn or Joy dish detergent to 1 gallon of water and 1 tablespoon of glycerin. I've been told if you make this solution and let it sit for several days before using, it works much better. I'm not sure why!
Writing Ideas for Your St Patricks Day Activities Theme
The Story of The Leprechaun
Glue a shamrock shape on white papers in advance. As children come to the writing interest center, ask them to draw on the paper. As they are drawing, ask them to tell you a story about their shamrock. Write down their stories and display them with their pictures when they are done.
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