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St Patricks Day Activities for Preschool

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Let’s get started with the best St Patricks Day activities for preschool kids to do this March.

These preschool activities are also perfect for toddlers and Kindergarteners as well. So be sure to let little brother and big sister join in on the St. Patricks Day fun!

St Patricks Day Activities for Preschoolers

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Activity #1 St. Patricks Day Jello

Are you ready for a messy, good time? If so, you’ll love this alphabet search activity inside shamrock Jello!

St Patricks Day sensory bin idea for kids

If you’re wanting the perfect Jello mold dish, I got mine in 2020 from Party City. There’s also a comparable one on Amazon that would work well!

First things first. Follow the instructions on the box to make the Jello. Then, pour it in the shamrock dish so it can form into a clover shape.

Be sure to add magnetic letters into the dish as well so your preschooler can dig them out with fine motor tools such as jumbo tweezers or tongs.

St Patricks Day sensory bin idea for kids

Can you tell that this St. Patrick’s Day activity was once a Jello mold full of magnetic letters? Clearly my preschooler had a lot of fun ripping this apart with her hands and tweezers.

As she found each letter, she said the letter name and sound. Then, she placed it on the St. Patrick’s Day worksheet.

This is such a fun way to practice letter recognition!

Activity #2 Rainbow Fizzing Pots

This St. Patrick’s Day science experiment was a blast for my little one to do.

st patricks day science experiments for kids

We wanted to find out what would happen to our pots of gold if we combined baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring.

st patricks day science experiment

Clearly, the results were an erupting good time. My preschooler had a blast with this St. Patricks Day science activity, and I know yours will too. To recreate this experiment:

  1. Drip food coloring into each pot.
  2. Put 2 table spoons of Baking Soda in each pot.
  3. Squirt vinegar on the Baking Soda until it begins to bubble.
    • We used this squirt bottle which made it so easy for my preschooler to participate.
st patricks day science experiment leprechaun fizzy pots of gold

Aren’t the colors gorgeous? The best part is, if you keep adding more vinegar, the pots will fizz again and again for you. My preschoolers always enjoy this activity and I love how engaged they stay time and time again.

Activity #3 Counting Pots

If you’re looking for a great counting activity to do this St. Patricks Day, you’ve came to the right place.

Counting pots of gold for St Patricks Day

Here are two ways you can play this math game.

  • Place numbered stickers on each pot of gold
  • Place the correct number of gold coins in or in front of each pot as you count them out.
Counting pots of gold for St Patricks Day

This is a great, no prep way to reinforce math skills with preschoolers.

Activity #4 St Patricks Day Coin Hunt

Need more St Patricks Day Activities for preschool? Check out this fun alphabet coin hunt!

st patricks day activities for preschool kids

This is a super quick set up and highly engaging. Just grab:

Hide the coins in the sand and let your preschoolers dig through with their fine motor tools. As they find each coin, they will identify the letter name and sound. Then, they can place it on the worksheet or trace the letter.

I know your little learners will love this St. Paddys Day activity!

Activity #5 Color Mixing Activity with Ice Cubes

I love incorporating science into my classroom. Kids just love it!

This St. Patricks Day color mixing activity is a great way to teach your toddler colors. The best part is, it is equally as fun for Preschool and Kindergarten students too!

This activity introduces primary colors, and shows how they mix to form secondary colors.

Color mixing activity with colored ice cubes

I’ve included 3 worksheets to use with this science experiment depending on the ability level of your children.

  • Only drawing
  • Writing complete sentences
  • Finishing a sentence with a sentence stem

You will need to gather a few supplies to do this with your students. You will need 6 paper cups, water, 3 containers, scissors, and food coloring (red, blue, and yellow).

Color mixing activity melting colored ice cubes. Fun way to teach colors.

How to do this activity:

  1. Fill 6 paper cups about 1-2 inches of water.
  2. Put yellow food coloring in 2 cups, red food coloring in 2 other cups, and blue food coloring in the last 2 cups.
  3. Place the cups in the freezer. When they’re ready, cut the ice cubes out of the cups with scissors.
  4. Place 1 red and 1 yellow ice cube in a container, 1 blue and 1 yellow ice cube in another container, and 1 red and 1 blue ice cube in the last container.
  5. Use the color mixing worksheets to make predictions or record what happens as the ice cubes melt.

Activity #6 St Patricks Day Sink or Float Experiment

Sink or float experiments are a lot of fun and are a great way to introduce science in a Preschool or Kindergarten classroom.

This activity, just like my Valentine theme and Apple theme sink or float activity is sure to be a hit with your little ones.

Before doing this St Patricks Day science experiment, I like to discuss how many coins it will take for the pot of gold to sink with my students.

This helps me see how their estimation skills are which is also a great skill to work on.

This would also be a great time to graph the students predictions.

St Patricks Day sink or float experiment and STEM activity with pennies and water.
  1. Fill a clear tub full of water and stick your pots in the tub.
  2. One at a time, add coins to the pot and see how many it will take to make the pot sink.

You can do this activity again and again with objects of different weight and see which sank quicker. Again, this leads to so many discussion points such as:

  • Was your prediction correct?
  • What were the results?
  • How many people thought it would take more coins to get the pot of gold to sink
  • What made the pot sink quicker?

Activity #7 Sticky Rainbow Wall

Sticky walls are a big deal for toddlers and preschoolers because they are highly engaging and easy to use with independent play.

St Patricks Day activities for preschool to teach kids their colors with a sticky wall

This rainbow sticky wall is full of color that your little ones will love creating.

St Patricks Day activities for preschool to teach kids their colors with a sticky wall

To recreate this all you need is a pencil, Contact Paper, tape, and Tissue Paper.

  1. Draw a rainbow on the Contact Paper with a pencil.
  2. Peel the backing off the Contact Paper and tape it to a window, sticky side up.
  3. Tear squares of Tissue Paper and place them on the rainbow arch to create the rainbow.

Activity #8 Walking Rainbow

We recently did the neatest St. Patricks Day science experiment with water, food coloring, and clear cups.

Walking colors science experiment for St Patricks Day

To recreate this, place 7 clear cups in a rainbow shape. Fill the first, third, fifth, and seventh cup half way with water.

Add a few drops of red food coloring to the first and seventh cup of water. Then put a few drops of yellow food coloring in the third cup. Finally, add a few drops of blue food coloring in the fifth cup.

The remaining cups should be empty. Trim a sheet of paper towel so that they fold over the top of two cups, touching the bottom of both. Do the same thing for the remaining cups.

Walking colors science experiment for St Patricks Day

The paper towels should immediately start soaking up the colored water. Pour more water into the cups with colored water so that the liquid reaches the top.

Leave the cups alone for a few hours, checking on them periodically to see the water transfer.

Walking colors science experiment for St Patricks Day

Eventually, the water will transfer through the paper towels to the empty cups, filling them with colored water. Colors will begin to mix and you should get a nice rainbow effect like we got!

Activity #9 Color Activities for Preschool

Does your preschooler know his colors? This fun color activity is a great way for kids to recognize and sort objects by color.

St Patricks Day activities for preschool to learn colors

All you need is colored paper and random objects around your house. Send your child out on a color hunt and race back to sort the objects they find onto the right colored paper.

Activity # 10 Rainbow Crystals

This is one of my favorite St Patricks Day activities for preschool because the students are always so amazed!

Crystal Rainbow science experiment for kids to learn about colors this spring or St Patricks Day

Making crystal rainbows is a lot of fun. To recreate this Spring science experiment you’ll need:

Since this activity contains hot water and cleaning products, it should be done with adult assistance. Now let’s get to it.

Crystal Rainbow science experiment for kids to learn about colors this spring or St Patricks Day
  1. Put your pipe cleaners in rainbow colored order.
    • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
  2. Bend the pipe cleaners in an arch shape to resemble a rainbow.
  3. The rainbow will need to be completely submerged in the 3 cups of water. Place it inside the container and measure out how tall it should be.
    • You may need to trim it to fit just right.
  4. Take the rainbow out of the container and wrap white pipe cleaners around the edges to hold its shape.
  5. Put 9 Tablespoons of Borax into the container.
  6. Boil the water and mix it with the Borax using the wooden spoon.
    • Your mixture should turn very cloudy. If it isn’t cloudy, add in more Borax.
  7. Tie a string around the rainbow and your spatula. Lay the spatula over the top of the container so that the rainbow dangles down into the mixture.
    • Be sure your rainbow is submerged without touching any walls.
  8. Place the container in a space where it won’t be disturbed. It’s important that no one touches it for 24 hours.
  9. The next day, carefully take your rainbow out of the mixture and gently rinse it.
Crystal Rainbow science experiment for kids to learn about colors this spring or St Patricks Day

You should see tons of tiny crystals covering the rainbow!

Activity #11 Color Sort and Stack

This is a fun activity that even our youngest learners can play along with. I love doing hands on activities like this because it works on so many skills.

Here, preschoolers are improving their fine motor skills, sorting, and color recognition all in one.

All you need for this fun activity is:

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Fruit Loops
  • Black St. Patricks Day pots
  • Playdoh

Put the PlayDoh in the pot to keep the Spaghetti noodles standing up straight. Then, sort each Fruit Loop by color. Easy peasy.

Activity #12 Leprechaun build a beard

My Santa build a beard activity was such a hit that I decided to put a fun twist on it with this Leprechaun build a beard printable.

leprechaun beard building activity

This printable math activity is the perfect St Patricks Day math center. Just grab some orange pom poms and my printable for some great counting and number recognition fun.

Activity #13 ISpy St Patricks Day Activities for Preschool

Do your kids love the classic game of ISpy? This simple sensory bottle activity is the perfect, no mess way to play ISpy while learning letters.

St Patricks Day sensory bin idea for preschool

You’ll need a few supplies if you’re wanting to recreate this fun game.

  1. My ISpy tracing worksheet
  2. A Mason Jar
  3. Rice
  4. Letter Beads

In the spirit of St. Patricks Day, I decided to dye the rice green. It’s not mandatory but I think it makes the activity a little bit more fun!

After the rice is dyed, place it in a Mason Jar with letter beads. Your toddler and preschooler will love searching for letters and tracing them on the St. Patrick’s Day worksheet.

Now you have a fun alphabet activity for your preschooler!

Activity #14 Shamrock Hunt

If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate gross motor skills along with academics, this is the perfect activity for you!

free st patricks day activities for kids

Simply hang these shamrock cards around your room and send your students off for some St Patricks Day fun. As they locate each card they will count the number of clovers and color in the right amount on the worksheet.

Activity #15 Count and Cover

Teach your preschoolers how to count this March with this fun St Patricks Day freebie! Your preschoolers will love identifying the numbers on this St Patricks Day mat as they count out the right amount of items onto each number. ⁣

St Patricks Day activities for kids

Get creative with different festive manipulatives such as:

  • Gold Coins
  • Lucky Charms
  • Mini Erasers
  • Pom poms

Or use the included counting cards to cover up each number. Plus, this activity adds in fine motor practice by having a tracing element for each number.

St Patricks Day Crafts for Preschoolers

Do you need cute St Patricks Day craft ideas for toddlers and preschoolers? These St Patricks Day crafts are sure to be a hit.

#1 Leprechaun Craft

Leprechaun crafts for St Patricks Day

These Leprechaun crafts will look so cute hanging up on your March bulletin board. These March crafts come with everything you see pictured. All you need to do is print on colored paper, cut, and glue.

The Leprechaun craftivity comes with 3 different writing pages, each with 3 different amounts of lines. This is perfect for you to differentiate for your students writing needs.

These St. Patrick’s Day crafts also comes with a How to Catch a Leprechaun writing page, which is perfect to pair along with the book and a fun March stem activity.

#2 Pot of Gold and Rainbow Craft

Here’s another cute St Patricks Day craft to do this Spring. Your kids will love making this rainbow and pot of gold with colored paper.

St Patricks Day craft of a pot of gold and rainbow

These rainbow strips are also blank so you can write other phrases on them.

#3 Shamrock Tear Art

Tear art is one of my favorite crafts for preschoolers and toddlers. It can be 100% independent and always turns out adorable.

St Patricks Day crafts

To recreate this:

  1. Grab this shamrock template or sketch one on paper.
  2. Cut colored paper into strips.
  3. Have your child tear the strips horizontally so it makes tiny pieces.
  4. Glue the pieces on the shamrock template and leave it to dry

When your class is done, all of the shamrocks will look unique. This makes tear art a great craft to hang in the hallway on a March bulletin board.

#4 Rainbow Snack Craft

One thing I learned as a teacher of young minds is that handing out snacks is the best thing in the world!

rainbow snack craft for kids to do on St Patricks Day

This cute craft is full of two of my preschoolers favorite snacks, Fruit Loops and marshmallows. What a fun and easy craft for kids!

St Patricks Day Centers for Preschool

Kids learn best when it comes to hands on, engaging learning. That’s why I came up with 15 fun St Patricks Day centers for preschoolers to use this March.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Shamrock Stack

St Patricks Day preschool activities

Shamrock stack is such a fun way to practice subitizing and simple addition with Preschool and Kindergarten students. To play:

  1. Roll the dice twice
  2. Add the two numbers together and
  3. Cover up the sum

This activity also includes an easier option using one dice. Students will count the pips on the dice (or subitize if they can) and cover up that number on the St. Patricks Day worksheet.

Initial Sound Pots

St Patricks Day preschool activities

In this fun St. Patricks Day activity, students will identify the beginning sound for each object and match them to the correct lettered rainbow.

Students have the choice of writing the initial sounds on the clouds or choosing the correct rainbow.

Gold Coin Letter Writing

St Patricks Day sensory bins

Handwriting is a big deal for our little friends so this St. Patricks Day activity is sure to help.

As students find the gold coin cards in their sensory bin they will identify the letter name and letter sound. Then, they will write the letter in salt.

Grab all 15 St Patricks Day centers and enjoy a low prep week this March!

St Patricks Day lesson plan

I also have some amazing St Patricks Day worksheets for preschool kids. These are perfect for a St. Patricks Day theme this March.

St Patricks Day Books

Nothing gets a kid more excited about a new theme than a great read aloud. Here are my favorite St Patricks Day books to read to preschoolers.

How to Catch a Leprechaun

Pete the Cat The Great Leprechaun Chase

Ten Lucky Leprechauns

The Night Before St. Patricks Day

The Luckiest St. Patricks Day Ever

St Patricks Day Fine Motor Activities

I can’t stress the importance of fine motor activities for toddlers, Preschoolers, and Kindergarteners. These St Patricks Day activities for preschool are perfect for all ages and are heavily focused on strengthening fine motor skills.

Activity #1 Hole Punch a Clover

Using a hole punch is a great way to strengthen hand muscles. Most hole punchers are extremely difficult for little hands to squeeze and use but I found one that works like a charm!

Hole punch fine motor activity

This hole punch made this hole punch activity a breeze and would be easy for even toddlers to use.

Activity #2 Counting Gold

St Patricks Day activities for preschool

These free St Patricks Day activities for preschool are a great way to teach counting and fine motor skills to your kids.

  1. Simply choose a card.
  2. Identify the number on the card.
  3. Put that many coins in the pot of gold.

I used PlayDoh with this resource but you can always add Pom Poms to the pot of gold with tongs instead. Chocolate gold coins would also be a fun treat that kids are sure to love!

Activity #3 Threading Clovers

Threading is such a great fine motor skill for kids to work on. It takes a lot of hand eye coordination and strong finger muscles to push beads through an object.

fine motor st patricks day activities

In this activity, you will have your students thread gorgeous green beads through pipe cleaners. Pipe cleaners are easier for students to lace with because they’re stiff and tend to keep their shape. It would even be fun to build a rainbow!

I twisted two pipe cleaners together and then let my preschooler put the beads on. When she was done, she pushed it into a clover shape and I twisted it closed.

Activity #4 St Patricks Day Rainbow Necklace

Don’t you love when activities can double as snacks? I know I do! In this fun threading activity, my little one laced Fruit Loops through string to make a rainbow necklace for St. Patricks Day.

St Patricks Day activities for preschool threading rainbow necklaces with Fruit Loops and string

Threading is a great fine motor activity that relies heavily on good hand-eye coordination. It can be very difficult for kids to push objects through tiny holes, but practice makes perfect.

St Patricks Day activities for preschool threading rainbow necklaces with Fruit Loops and string

And the end result is worth it. Check out this happy kiddo with her DIY St Patricks Day necklace. Hard work pays off!

St Patricks Day activities for preschool threading rainbow necklaces with Fruit Loops and string

Activity #5 St Patricks Day Coloring Pages

These St Patricks Day color by number printables are a great way to get in academics in a fun way. Your students will love to color these St Patricks Day coloring pages as they work on subitizing, letters, numbers and colors this March.

St Patricks Day color by number printables

Grab these no prep St Patricks Day printables for free and have fun learning this March!

I hope you enjoyed these St Patricks Day activities for preschool. If you use any of them with your little ones, I’d love to see it. You can find me on the following social media channels:

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  2. Thank you for all of your FABULOUS ideas and freebies!!! Where did you find the plastic trays you show in all your pictures? Thanks again!

  3. Thank you for always sharing such cute ideas and activities to do with the preschoolers. The photos help because sometimes I can’t figure out how things should look.
    Thank you for all you do to help educate teachers and students alike!

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