St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is celebrated each year on March 17---otherwise known as St. Patrick's Day. This annual fest is often associated with the consumption of alcohol, but there are plenty of child-friendly activities that kindergarteners can take part in at school to enjoy the holiday.
Kids in kindergarten can make friendship shamrocks to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The shamrocks are made one petal at a time and glued to a stem. All of the parts are cut from green construction paper.
The teacher cuts out four heart-shaped green shapes for every student in the class and cuts one straight stem. The children write their name on the front of each petal. The students are asked to trade pieces with their friends. This will mix all of the names together and give each student four petals with names of their friends on them. The students glue the petals onto the stem to make a lucky four-leaf clover and display them in the class.
A hand-print rainbow is an easy craft for kindergarteners that is good for displaying in the classroom or on a wall outside in the hall. The students trace their hands onto different colored construction paper (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple are best) and cut out and label the hand prints with the names of the students. A row of one color is glued or stapled to a mounting board or large sheet of paper in an arc. The next color goes in an arc under the first and so on to form a rainbow.
This is an excellent project for a large group and is probably too much work for just one or two children to accomplish in a short time.
Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are a fun activity for kindergarteners. The teacher cuts out several shamrock shapes or rainbows and writes a clue on the back and hides all but one. The children read the clue on the first object. The clue directs them to the location of the next clue. They work together to find each clue and read it. The teacher will help the class read it and write the clue on the board. The clues should be written in limerick rhymes that are fairly easy to understand. The final clue will lead the children to a pot of gold. This can be the gold coin candy available at candy stores or gold wrapped butterscotch.