St. Patrick's Day for wee folk

It's lucky learning time! Have some fun with these St. Paddy's Day themed activities.     

Learning Stages


By Candace Lindemann

Children's Author & Education Consultant

Candace Lindemann is a published children’s writer and educational consultant. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. You can also find Candace blogging at http://NaturallyEducational.com. While Candace’s degrees prepared her for a career in education, she’s found that the best preparation for parenting is on-the-job training.

Shamrocks

  • Mathematics: Count the leaves on a clover. Older children can use clovers to skip count, add, and even multiply!
  • Cardboard rolls make great four-leaf clovers over at No Time for Flashcards. (We made a similar craft and glued tissue paper behind them to make sun catchers.)
  • Those versatile cardboard rolls are also perfect for printmaking shamrocks as demonstrated at Pink and Green Mama.
  • Make clovers out of egg cartons with A Mommy's Adventures.
  • These glittery and translucent shamrock sun catchers at Hands On: As We Grow are fun and simple to make.

Rainbows

Music and dance

St. Patrick's Day is also a traditional day for parades in many cities of the United States. Music is a perfect entry into another culture for children of any age.

  • Show children pictures of bagpipes and harps. Ask older preschoolers how they think these instruments might be played. Play traditional Irish bagpipe and harp music for children.
  • Play and sing traditional Irish songs on St. Patrick's Day. Here's a fun list from Music Sparks.
  • Take children to an Irish step dancing performance or show videos at home. Try a few of the steps yourself!
  • Combine rainbows and music to create a rainbow xylophone. Eventually older kids will learn about the intervals and frequencies that create both the spectrum of colors and the scale of notes.