March means it’s time to dress up in green and embrace your inner Irish self. Even if you are not Irish, kids and adults enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day each March. Younger children will enjoy learning about the stories of leprechauns.
Kids who are new to our country may not be as familiar with St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish folklore. Take time to introduce them to some tales associated with leprechauns. A fun story to begin with is How to Catch a Leprechaun/Cómo Atrapar a un Duende by Adam Wallace. It will be a great start to chatting about how they would work on trapping these tricky lads.
Lots of Leprechauns
Spend time talking about what you learned about leprechauns. Make a list of information about what they look like, their lifestyle, kinds of mischief they make, and more. Give each child a piece of paper and have them draw their dream leprechaun which they would like to meet. For Spanish speaking students, you can use the “Describiendo Mi Duende” picture below to help spark ideas. Have pencils, crayons, markers, and other art material available. If you are adventurous, include strips of rainbow paper and some gold glitter for them to include a pot of gold.
Once all of the leprechauns are finished, take turns sharing imaginary information about their Irish friends. Where does their leprechaun live and work? Each leprechaun has a specific type of mischief that they get into; what is theirs? For kids working on speech and social skill goals, pretend to be leprechauns and interact with each other based on their new friends. Think outside of the box and have leprechaun games for gross and fine motor work.
Trap a Leprechaun
After talking about leprechauns, you must make traps to try to catch one. If there is not enough time during sessions, be sure to send home directions for students to make them with families. Have clear instructions and translations so multilingual students will be able to participate. If you will do them together, ask for a shoe box to be sent in ahead of time. Wrap it with green construction paper before the kids arrive or paint them green.
Be sure to cut a hole in the top of the box for trapping the leprechaun. Allow kids to decorate their trap. Give them a variety of four-leaf clovers, rainbow stickers, gold coins, and other fun items. Head to craft stores and dollar areas for ideas to put around the box to lure the leprechaun in.
If there are no food allergies, set the traps up overnight. You can leave each child a note from a leprechaun and drop a few chocolate coins or other fun snacks inside.
Have other fun ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your students? Let us know in the comments below!
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