Twinkl Education Blog
15 Mar '17

Quick and Easy St Patrick's Day Activities

If you are looking for last minute St Patrick’s Day activities then simply download the St Patrick's Day Discovery Sack. It is packed with themed resources to help explain why St Patrick’s Day is celebrated and plenty of activities, science experiments and display opportunities.

We have already tested the two science experiments that feature in the pack. Take a look at the Walking Rainbow Science Experiment and the Magic Leprechaun Rocks Science Experiment.

I wanted to delve deeper into the St Patrick's Day Discovery Sack to see what activities could be created quickly.

St Patrick’s Day Board Game

This is a two page document that is printed and sellotaped together to form a board game. It could even be laminated if you have access to an A3 laminator. I used counters and a dice from another game.

 

Quick and Easy St Patrick's Day Activit

Each player rolls the dice and moves along numbered shamrocks. Certain shamrocks require you to move forwards or backwards. Landing on a rainbow means you can move forward a certain amount of spaces. The winner is the first person to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It was a simple turn taking game that helped reinforce number recognition, counting, addition and subtraction.

St Patrick's Day Board game

Can You Find The Cheeky Leprechaun

The Cheeky Leprechaun has hidden 10 coloured pots of gold in the picture. The activity comes with a prompt card that asks children a series of questions. This comes in an editable format so you could write your own questions.

Can You Find The Cheeky Leprechaun

I placed plastic coins on top of the pots of gold at the bottom of the poster. Once my son had located a coloured pot in the poster then he could use the coin to cover the pot on the prompt card. This helped reinforce colour recognition and to see how many more pots he had left to locate.

There are options to print the poster A4 or A3 size so the activity could be used individually or as a whole class.

St Patrick’s Day Playdough Mats

These fun themed mats ask children to use playdough to make a certain number of coins. I printed and laminated the sheets and gave my son yellow playdough.

St Patrick’s Day Playdough Mats

As an additional element to the activity I gave him a plastic gold coin. He used this to imprint the coins detail onto the playdough. The playdough mats can be used for numbers 1-10.

If you are printing the playdough mats as a last minute activity and do not have time to laminate them then why not place them in a plastic sleeve. This will protect the paper enough for the activity to be used for a long period of time.

St Patrick’s Day Playdough Mats

Other St Patrick’s Day Discovery Sack resources

That is not all in the St Patrick’s Day Discovery. The other resources include:

St Patrick’s Day Adult Fact Sheet - this contains useful information for adults about the topic. It will save you time researching the history of St Patrick’s Day as well as providing interesting facts.

Fact Cards - these can be used in front of the class to teach children about why St Patrick’s Day is celebrated, the traditions surrounding the day and why shamrocks and leprechauns are linked to the celebration.

Topic Word Cards - these can be used for display purposes or for identifying key vocabulary linked to the theme

Book List - this lists a wide range of books that could be used to supplement the topic.

Display Photos - these could be used as talking prompts to initiate conversation about St Patrick’s Day or used to enhance a display board.

Page Borders - these decorative page borders come in a variety of different styles - blank, lined, fully lined, half lined and narrow lined. They are ideal to support independent writing tasks about the topic or could even be used for display purposes.

Do not forget the St Patrick’s Day Discovery Sack also comes with instructions on how to make the Walking Rainbow Science Experiment and the Magic Leprechaun Rocks Science Experiment.

Walking Rainbow Science Experiment and t

The St Patrick’s Day Discovery Sack does not have to be used as a one off last minute resource. Why not laminate the resources and place them in a cloth bag. The items could be used as a special resource for parents to use or be re-used again year after year.

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