This is my full Preschool theme for Preschool children. You can plan an entire week around the activities.
SONGS, FINGERPLAYS AND GROUP ACTIVITIES
I’m A Little Leprechaun…
(I’m A Little Teapot)
I’m a little leprechaun
Dressed in green,
The tiniest man
That you ever seen.
If you ever catch me, it is told,
I’ll give you my pot of gold!
I’m a Little Shamrock…
(I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little shamrock see my leaves’
Count my three petals if you please.
If you give me water and lots of sun,
I’ll bring you good luck and lots of fun!
How Many Leprechauns?…
How many leprechauns do you see?
(Hands out questioningly.)
Can you count them, one, two, three?
(Count with fingers.)
How many skinny ones, how many fat?
(Use hands to show skinny and fat bellies.)
How many leprechauns without a hat?
(Point to head.)
St. Patrick’s Day…
On St. Patrick’s Day we see shamrocks.
(Hands over brow as if looking.)
Count the leaflets, one, two, three.
(Count on fingers.0
Like a hat with three feathers.
(Hold up three fingers over head.)
Like a coat with three buttons.
(Pretend to button three buttons.)
Like a stool with three legs.
(Rest three fingers on opposite palm.)
Like a hat rack with three pegs.
(Hold three hooked fingers in the air.)
Who’s Sitting on Gold…
First you need a gold coin. I just get one that you find a most candy shops (Made of chocolate.) If you can’t find one just wrap a quarter in gold colored foil. Next the children sit down on the floor. The (Leprechaun) then sits with their back facing the children. The teacher signals one child to steal the gold. The child sits on the gold as the rest of the children chant:
Leprechaun, leprechaun where’s your gold.
Someone stole it from your home.
The leprechaun has three guess to reveal the child. The child who stole the gold than becomes the leprechaun.
You will need to paint an old tennis ball green. Set five pie tins on the floor, number 1-5. Give each child five bounces to land in the pie tins. Add up the total numbers to see who wins.
Run Little Leprechaun…
Have the children sit in a circle. Play music as the children pass around a shamrock made out of construction paper. When the music stops the child holding the shamrock also stops. The children yell “Run Little Leprechaun!” The child gets up runs around the circle once than sits back down. Let all children have a turn.
St. Patrick’s Day Is Here…
Select a child to be”it” Who then steps outside of the door or faces with his/her back toward the circle.
Sing the following song as the children are seated in a circle. After the song ends the child who was selected to be “it” then has three chances to pick the child who will be sitting on the shamrock.
Sang to the tune(The Farmer In The Dell)
St. Patrick’s Day is here,
St. Patrick’s Day is here,
Let’s give a clap and dance a jig
St. Patrick’s Day is here.
Green Sensory Table…
Fill the sensory table with water. Squeeze drops of blue and yellow food coloring into the table to make green water. Add green floating and sinking toys.
Leprechaun Counting Game..
Cut 10 leprechaun shapes out of green construction paper. Cover the shapes with clear self-stick paper for durability. Use a water-based marker to write a number on each of the shapes. Then give each of your children a leprechaun shape and a small bag of gold-painted pebbles. Let your children place the appropriate number of pebbles on their leprechaun shapes.Have your children trade shapes with one another and continue the
Gather one die and a bag full of small pebbles painted gold. Place them into a gold colored bag. Have the children take turns rolling a die, then count out that many pieces of gold from their sacks.
Purchase a box containing marshmallow charm shapes. Have the children sort the cereal into bowls by color and shape.
Fill the sensory table with shaving cream tinted green by using tempera paint. Add green glitter to the table.
Paper Plat Shamrock…
Color three paper plates green. Staple the plates together in form of shamrock. Add a stem by using a tongue depressor, to complete the shamrock.
Foe each child you will need a cottage cheese container, a 3” long strip of green ribbon and a 2′ circle of green felt. Give the children the materials and glue. The ribbon should be glued around the side of the container. The container is then glued to the felt circle. If you wish the children can paint the container before assembling it.
Using cookie cutters in the shape of shamrocks have the children dip the cutters into shallow pans of paint and press to paper. After they have desired amount of shamrocks, they may add glitter.