The luck of the Irish is strong in the month of March. Not everyone is Irish, but most adore celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in one way or another. Most people love to wear green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with friends. This holiday is perfect to use with speech and language goals in mind. There are lots of great books activities to engage students about the lure of leprechauns, pots of gold, and following rainbows.
A Bounty O’Books
Not all children are familiar with St. Patrick’s Day, so books are a great way to get them acquainted with the holiday. Some books to consider using for a book walk include:
- How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
- There was an Old Lady Who Swallow a Clover! by Lucille Colandro
- The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing
- St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons
- Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling
There are many other books that will take time to discuss different aspects of the holiday. Some are about the history, some have Irish lure, and many about how to celebrate during the holiday. Take walks through the books and look on Pinterest for additional ideas on crafts which may tie in well. Kids can then use these to tell their own stories and work on speech and language goals.
Leprechaun Traps and Sensory
Leprechaun traps are fun to make with kids, but time does not always work in favor of these for them to be done in sessions. Sending home a sheet asking students to make their own leprechaun trap using an empty shoe or cereal box. Families may decorate them for kids to bring to a future session. Remind everyone to keep the theme of St. Patrick’s Day in mind as they create their unique traps.
When the leprechaun traps come in, take time to allow each student to explain how their trap works. What special features did they include? What attracts the leprechaun? How does the trap keep them inside? Allow students to ask each other questions. This is perfect time to work on these types of conversational skills. When finished, you may want to leave them over night to put a special treat inside, or they can be sent back home
In addition to leprechaun traps, St. Patrick’s Day themed sensory bins and slime are fun to work with. Take a giant plastic bin and toss in lots of green things within it. Kids can search in it for cards that go along with their speech and language goals or look for coins to play SLP games. If you are feeling more adventurous, you may also want to try making some pot-o-gold,shamrock slime, or rainbow slime. Hide coins or other SLP related items in it for the kids to work on.
Be sure to send home follow up activities that families may be able to practice together. Multilingual families should have translations included so they are able to participate. Include recipes for slime, what to hide inside, and additional skills which they should be practicing at home.
What are your favorite green activities to do for St. Patrick’s Day? Please share in the comments below and let others know how you use them with your speech and language students.
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