Each March, people across the United States embrace the luck of the Irish and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Children of all ages and backgrounds will adore the opportunity to learn about this Irish-American holiday and celebrate it during speech and language sessions. Share ways that families participate, special foods, stories of leprechauns, and silly songs that will work on goals for each child.
Begin by chatting with students about St. Patrick’s Day. See what they already know about the holiday. Ask if any families have traditions that they do on this special day. Take time to share stories about the holiday with kids. There are many new ones available which focus on the traditions and others that talk about leprechaun lore. St. Patrick’s allows you to talk about topics such as luck, history, bridging friendships, and expanding on silly songs that we know and love. Some stories to consider include:
- That’s What Leprechaun’s Do by Eve Bunting
- The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing
- How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
- There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! -by Lucille Colandro
- Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun by Teresa Bateman
- Patrick’s Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine
- Patrick’s Day – by Gail Gibbons
- Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting
- O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
- Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson
Next, take some time to brainstorm about the perfect leprechaun trap. Who has ideas on what would work best and why? Have small paper tubes to use as a leprechaun hat base. Use green construction paper to cover it over and connect to a green circle for the bottom. Make a buckle on the front of the hat like leprechauns have. On the top leave a hole for the trap. Have everyone make a rainbow with pipe cleaners or yarn to connect to the trap area. If there is more time and space, ask families to send in an empty shoe box and use these to make bigger and more elaborate leprechaun traps. These may be set up for over St. Patrick’s Day and leave kids a treat to come back to the next day.
Be sure to think outside of the box and think of the needs of your students and their families. When you send home the leprechaun traps be sure to include an explanation of the St. Patrick’s Day tale. Include information that is helpful to multilingual families who may not be as familiar with the holiday, and ask if they celebrate any similar traditions.
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