Preschool and Kindergarten
can help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) and Irish American Heritage Month. In the process, we can address
some fundamental skills, like learning some colors, shapes, learn
about the holiday and more!
Activity 1 > Social Studies > Multicultural Activity > World
Here are some links at Wikipedia to present basic information about St.
Patrick's Day and Ireland:
Irish fairy - old Irish for "small body." Their trade
is that of a cobbler | shoemaker.
4. A tour of Ireland: Ireland's
flag, map, places of interest
Flag online jigsaw puzzle
Activity 2 > Easy Shapes Leprechaun Craft - Ages 3+
The craft for this activity is an easy leprechaun face composed entirely
of shapes (ovals, circles, crescent, heart, triangle). The
craft also features the national colors of the Irish flag (green,
orange and a bit of white), the shamrock, the national emblem of
Ireland. Review learning activities below before
Printing and assembly options:
Option 1: Print color template version, cut out,
conduct learning activities of your choice below and assemble (add other
decorations as desired review other decoration ideas below). Discuss
colors and that these are the national colors of Ireland. Some of the learning
activities should be conducted prior to assembly.
Option 2: Print black & white templates. Children can
color or paint, cut out and proceed
Craft Assembly Procedure (after pieces are colored in and cut out)
Show the small image of the
finished craft briefly
(featured in the template) to help the children see how the finished
craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces. Make
a quick demonstration of the sequence and allow the children to
assemble by memory, provide assistance when needed.
1. Color pieces that apply on the black & white template
(hat triangle, eyes, nose, and face oval). Conduct
shape/number/pre-math activities of your choice below.
2. Assemble hat: Glue hat oval behind the rectangular
piece and discuss the shamrock is the national emblem of Ireland
and what it means. (represented by three hearts and a triangle
3. Paste medium oval in horizontal
position over large oval above the smile about 3/4" of
4. Glue the assembled hat.
5. Glue eyes close to the edge of the hat and then glue nose
where beard and face meet.
1. Use wiggly eyes instead of the template eyes provided.
2. Tape the craft to a craft stick (Popsicle stick) to make a
3. Use the craft to decorate plain gift bags, or as a large gift
tag for a large gift.
4. For older children: Print black & white version
templates, cut out, and trace templates over fun foam sheets or clean
white Styrofoam trays. Assemble and draw in smile with permanent
marker (adult) or glue a dark color pipe cleaner.
Learning Activities: Conduct your choice of learning
activities outlined below. Some activities need to be conducted
prior to craft assembly.
**Idea: Listen to related holiday music, such as Celtic music, while doing the craft.
Activity #2: Shapes &
Before craft assembly:
1. Identify the shapes for all template pieces. Discuss the colors, on the template or the colors chosen by the
children to color the pieces. Some children like to discuss the
colors as they choose them while coloring or painting the templates.
Activity #3: Numbers/Pre-Math
To conduct these activities template pieces should be colored and cut
1. Sorting/Sizing/Categorizing: Have the children sort
the template shapes by size. Have the children arrange the
sorted shape piles from smallest to largest.
2. Counting: Count how many of each are in each pile/size.
You may want to write the numbers as you count on the blank side of
the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.
Activity #4: Letter L is for Leprechaun printable activities
Visit St. Patrick's Day educational
printable activities to expand the lesson plan.
Easy Shapes Craft
D'Nealian and Standard block format