Yep... it'll be here before you know it! And, soon, all you'll be thinking about are rainbows, leprechauns, and pots of gold! This is such a great holiday to celebrate in a classroom full of young kids... the legends, the bright colors, the trickery... it can be so much fun!
If you're a new teacher and don't know where to start (or you're a seasoned pro and just want some fresh ideas), start on Pinterest. This is one of my go-to resources when I'm looking for new activities, books, and crafts... especially for the holidays. Hundreds of other teachers have come before us and their amazingly creative ideas are right there to inspire your planning... it's awesome!
This Pinterest board, St. Patrick's Day, has more than 100 kid-friendly ideas for helping you tie literacy, math, science, social studies, and art into your holiday plans. Go check it out... but plan to stay awhile... it's loaded with smart and creative ideas. You'll have a hard time deciding what NOT to do! :)
I like to play off the tricky mischief that is the hallmark of any good leprechaun. One of my favorite activities to do leading up to St. Patrick's Day is to let the children design and construct leprechaun traps. Depending on how you structure this activity, it can be a really cool STEM lesson, so you can feel good that your holiday fun isn't "fluffy," but super smart. (You can find ideas for making traps on the Pinterest board pictured above.)
We've always focused on just making our traps, but I love how these students in Katie Byrd's class made their traps accessible to the littlest of leprechauns by adding a cloverleaf ladder... how cute! And creatively smart! You can check out her post HERE.
So, it's your turn to share! What is your favorite activity to do on St. Patrick's Day? Leave an idea in the comments below... I'd love to hear from you! :)