Can you believe March is already here? It’s “leprechaun season” and that means you are probably looking for easy St. Patrick Day activities and crafts to keep your preschooler busy. If so, you are in exactly the right place! We have taken the time to curate the best of the best St Patrick Day and leprechaun crafts to keep your little one interested, having fun, and learning this season!
The best part about it? Each of these easy St Patrick Day activities can be done using simple materials that you can usually find in your home. Plus, if you are looking to save time we even have a box filled with EVERYTHING you need to have fun crafting, learning, and trapping those pesky leprechauns this year!
1 Leprechaun Dust Sensory Play
Using a couple of simple ingredients (table salt and green food coloring) you can make a container of Leprechaun Sensory Dust for your child to enjoy. This easy St Patrick Day activity is quick and simple to make! All you need to do is, take the table salt and pour it into a container, add green food coloring, mix, and set out to dry. Your preschooler will have their very own leprechaun dust to enjoy in just a few hours!
Sensory play has an important role in your child’s development. From the very first day they are born, children are designed to explore the world via their senses. Sensory exploration is your child’s way of examining, discovering, categorizing, and making sense of the world. Providing your child with sensory play is beneficial to their overall development!
2 Leprechaun Dust Writing Tray
Using that leprechaun dust you created before, you can set up another easy St Patrick Day activity for your child! This writing tray is a fantastic way to help your child work on handwriting, letter formation, and pre-writing skills. There is a reason that writing trays are a popular way to encourage your child’s fine motor skills. Using a tactile sensory strategy to encourage movement allows your child to learn in a multi-sensory way. A writing tray allows your child to develop important skills in a fun and meaningful play-based learning experience.
3 Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt
Another easy St. Patrick Day activity is a fun leprechaun-themed scavenger hunt. Preschoolers everywhere enjoy scavenger hunts, and parents everywhere love them for their simplicity and learning opportunities. Teaching your children through games and fun is one of the best ways that your children can learn some much-needed life skills. Scavenger hunts are an excellent way to build your child’s problem-solving and motor skills. Not only that, but scavenger hunts can also be an opportunity to increase language development, reading, and math skills. To set up your scavenger hunt all you need is some green construction paper, a marker (to write the clues), and a fun treasure for your kids to find! (Think leprechaun gold or a fun leprechaun-themed snack!) If you would like an easier alternative to creating your own - you are in luck! Our March Box contains everything you need to create a fun leprechaun scavenger hunt with little to no prep!
4 Hunt for Leprechaun Gold
An easy St Patrick Day activity that your child is sure to enjoy is a fun hunt for leprechaun gold! Using construction paper and a little imagination you can create an easy St Patrick Day activity that will have your child having fun and learning in no time at all. Simply cut a few circles of gold construction paper and label each one with a letter.
On another piece of paper write the corresponding letters, this will be your “game board”. Hide the “gold coins” around your house and invite your child to search for them. As your child finds the coins have them place the coins on the corresponding spot on the game board you created. This simple and easy St Patrick Day Activity will have your child practicing alphabet knowledge, letter identification, matching, fine and gross motor, and dramatic play. If you would like to step it up a notch and receive this activity already constructed with sturdy gold coins - sign up to receive our March Box!
5 Sorting Leprechaun Coins
This easy St Patrick Day activity can be put together in no time at all. Simply cut some circles from construction paper and label each one with a letter. Next, have your child sort the leprechaun’s gold using several different instructions. You can pre-write these out for your child to choose from, or you can make the suggestions verbally.
Your little one will be learning several skills in this activity including alphabet knowledge, letter identification, pre-writing skills, fine motor skills, and even cognitive skills such as sorting/classifying.
6 Build a Leprechaun Trap
Building a leprechaun trap is a fantastic STEAM activity for your preschooler. You can use various craft and household materials to construct a leprechaun trap for an easy St Patrick Day activity this year. Building a leprechaun trap will push your preschooler’s creativity and engineering skills to the max and they will have endless fun designing and testing out the traps they build. Your preschooler will use elements of physics to make sure the design is stable enough to trap a leprechaun, math skills to determine angles and structure, and creativity to make sure the trap is enticing enough to attract those pesky leprechauns!
There you have it! The best of the best easy St Patrick's Day activities for your preschooler! While these activities are simple, they may still feel a bit overwhelming. Lucky for you- you can save time (and overwhelm) by purchasing our Pre K Box that includes ALL of the above activities (and more!)
This monthly education box will allow you to receive monthly themed preschool activities delivered to your front door, with NO PREP. Each of the materials is included and ready for use!
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