Everyone is a little bit Irish in March as we all get ready to sport green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There are plenty of great books to read with kids to introduce them to the lure of leprechauns, pots of gold, and following rainbows. Kids will be excited to learn that you will be making leprechaun traps together.
Ready, Set, Make Your Trap
A short time before you plan this activity, send home a note to families asking them to send their child in with a small shoe box for a project. Explain that they will be decorating it for St. Patrick’s Day and it will arrive back home with some surprises for them to use later on.
Depending on the time that you have during sessions, you may want to have the children leave their boxes for you to prepare with the first step. This would be to wrap them in green construction paper, or a similar item. If you have more time, and space they could also be painted with green tempera. This could also be done during a first session as you read a St. Patrick’s Day book to a group. Be sure to cut a hole in the top of the box to use as a trap for any leprechauns that may be lurking.
Allow each child to decorate their leprechaun trap with four leaf clovers, pots of gold, glitter, stickers, rainbows, and anything else that you can think of. There are countless options depending on your supplies. Allow everyone to set their traps and explain to the group how it will work. This will help to grow confidence in speaking to groups and with others. Also allow each child to ask others some questions about their traps.
Lucky Leprechaun Surprises
Leprechaun traps need to have items that go inside. First, make sure there are no food allergies before you put anything edible inside the projects. A quick and easy treat is to fill small snack bags with some Lucky Charms cereal. On the outside of the bags you can write “You Are My Lucky Charm” and address it to each child. In addition to this, make some gold coin cards. They can have words or goals that each child is working on inside. Make the items inside match up to each individual’s spring time goals so that they can go home to practice. As always be sure to send home a sheet or email to parents with instructions on how they can use the leprechaun traps at home. Be sure to explain items to multilingual families if it is abstract so they will all be able to benefit from the therapy session to home connection.
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