Here is a week full of activities for your preschool child around St. Patrick’s Day. Or you can use some of the activities to organize a St. Patrick’s Day party for your child and a few young friends.
This week, your child may learn:
* St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
* Ireland is an island.
* Emerald is a nickname for Ireland, because of its pretty green countryside.
* Emerald is a bright shade of green.
* Clover is a small plant with three heart-shaped leaves.
* Sometimes clover has four leaves.
* A four-leaf clover is thought to bring good luck.
* Leprechauns are imaginary little people who live in Ireland.
* Leprechauns store their pots of gold a the end of a rainbow.
Concepts covered this week include the letter P, the number 11, rainbow colors, and an arc. Add a large letter P to your calendar corner. I like to get the 6-inch tall wooden alphabet letters sold at major stores and hobby centers. Paint the P either green, for St. Patrick’s day, or in rainbow colors. Cut out the number 11 from green construction paper, and tape to the wall by your calendar. Post a picture of a rainbow. During calendar time, point out the shape of the rainbow, how the colors make a gentle curve – or an arc – shape. If the child says something about Noah, agree with him that it sounds just like “ark” but it is spelled differently. Worksheets for these concepts are included in the lesson plans.
Sensory Play is Messy Play
The young child needs to touch, taste, smell, see, and listen to everything. He needs to explore his world. Parents are always telling their child “no”, “don’t touch”… when they should be providing a wealth of touching activities. Stimulating the senses develops and strengthens the neural pathways in the brain that are important for all types of learning. As the child discovers hot or cold, rough or smooth, hard or soft, he is learning classification and sorting – an important first step in science and mathematics. Provide plenty of sensory experiences when you are there to supervise, and just maybe you’ll find yourself telling your child “no, don’t touch!” a little less often.
Five Star Picture Books for St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick in the Morning by Even Bunting
St Patrick’s Day by gail Gibbons
St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
St. Patrick’s Day by Anne Rockwell
The Little Leprechaun Who Loved Yellow! by Sally Huss
Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson
Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna Balian
Quality Music and Movies for St. Patrick’s Day
Free printable lesson plans and worksheets
Bottom: photo by Abra Lincoln