St. Patrick’s Day is often celebrated by dressing in green and drinking Irish beer. But not all the St. Patty’s Day celebrations have to start and finish in a pub. You honour the holiday traditions and create new ones right in your classroom by playing games, decorating and making crafts. Here are some St. Patrick’s Day activities for you to use:

1. Mischievous Leprechaun and his Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt

For the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day make as though a mischievous leprechaun has been let loose in your classroom. When the students are out to recess or during nap time turn chairs upside down, switch shoes around, leave funny messages on the blackboard etc. Tell your students the leprechaun is looking for his lost pot of gold. But if they find it first they get to keep it! Use a plastic Halloween witch’s cauldron and fill it with chocolate coins, crayons, and craft supplies and hide clues for a classroom treasure hunt.

2. Catch a Leprechaun, Tell the Tale

Using simple prompts, this printable is a great way to spark your students’ imaginations while practicing their writing skills. Each student will have their own unique story of how they caught a leprechaun and they can take turns telling the class their brave tales. Your students can even share the three wishes they would ask of their captive leprechaun.

3. Origami Shamrock

Get crafty with this easy to follow and fun Shamrock Origami tutorial! Use different shades of green paper or try something different such as gold paper or a rainbow theme. Use the origami creations to decorate your classroom by hanging them with fishing wire or sticking them onto the classroom door or windows.

4. Shamrock And Straw Table Game

Enjoy this St. Patty’s team activity by

  • 1. Divide your class into equal teams and sit them at a table or desks that have been pushed together.
  • 2. Pass out a drinking straw to each child.
  • 3. Place 2 inch Pre-made green tissue-paper shamrocks -in front of the first player of each team.
  • 4. Have children clasp their hands behind their backs.
  • 5. At “Go!” the first player picks up the shamrock by inhaling it onto the straw.
  • 6. That player keeps the shamrock in the straw until he/she places/drops it down in front of the next player’s area.
  • 7. If the shamrock falls off, it must be sucked up again–The game continues until each team player has had a turn. ?(Remember…no hands!)

5. St. Patrick’s Day Relay Race

Get some fresh air and get moving with this relay race from

  • 1. Cut out a large number of SHAMROCKS; write a different instruction on each one for a relay race – Such as: skip, crawl, crab walk, hop, walk backwards, etc.
  • 2. Duplicate the words for the number of Teams you will have playing. (Example: Three teams equal three sets of instruction words.
  • 3. Divide the children into groups (if not even, have one child go twice)
  • 4. Put the SHAMROCKS at the end of the room in a pile for each team.
  • 5. On go, the first player on each team runs up to the pile and takes a SHAMROCK. They do what the Shamrock shape instructs.
  • 6. When the first players get back– the next players run to the shamrocks–and play continues…Return the shamrocks to the bottom of the pile until ALL have had a turn.

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