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St. Patrick's Day is on March 17th.

Arts and Crafts Clip Art Coloring Pages History and Legends Lessons and Resources On-Line Fun Printables Recipes Songs and Such


Arts and Crafts
and other fun activities!

A Teaching Heart- nice collection of craft ideas to make with your classes! DLTK Crafts- all sorts of Irish fun!
Enchanted Learning- crafts and other ideas. Join and get even more great activities! Handprint Shamrock-great activity for preschool children!
Jan Brett's St. Patrick's Day Post Cards- if you love her artwork you will adore these cards! Kids Domains- crafts
Pot O' Gold Craft- transform a baby food jar into an adorable pot of gold; add some treats and you will have a  very nice gift to pass along to your friends and family

Cute out a shamrock shape and place in a pan or top of  a box. 
Dip a marble in green paint and let it
roll all over your shamrock shape for a cool design. 
Today, everyone is Irish!   Everyone loves this one!  Discuss how many people in Ireland have an "O" or a "Mac" in front of their last name.  Students get to choose a new prefix for their name and use the name all day!  I even called on them by their new names. We made name cards so I wouldn't forget their new names.  My name is Mrs. MacDonald, so for the day my students renamed me Mrs. O'MacDonald. :)
I love to hit the stores after the holiday to get the "good" deals! I found witches pot at 75% off. They work wonderful for pots at the ends of our rainbows. Store stuffed toys and puppets in them or fill them with treats the Leprechauns leave your class!  I also found gold coins after Christmas!!!   Chocolate doesn't go bad! I have them stored in a cool dark place and am saving them for St. Pat's Day!  I also picked up bags of Hershey's Kisses.  The bags contained red, green and silver kisses. My kids sorted them (threw in a math lesson there!).  Red ones were saved for Valentine's Day and you guessed it the green ones for St. Pat's Day!  Silver? Well, we ate those! 

Another after the holiday bargain I love to find is holiday confetti!  I found shamrock shapes. We have used them to add sparkle to many holiday pictures!

Show me the green!  Equip your students with green paper, green markers or crayons and if at all possible green accessories (hats, glasses, vests...). Then send them on an adventure to locate and record all the green things they find in their classroom, the school, outside... If you have a digital camera, have them create a digital account of their findings. Transform their pictures into a PowerPoint to share with younger learners.
Anything can be GREEN! To color pastas or rice green, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of green food coloring to a large Ziploc bag. Add noodles or rice. Seal bag and shake until contents are the desired shade of green. Dump out contents onto thickly stacked newspaper. Allow to dry.  Now you can string noodles for necklaces or garland or use green rice to sprinkle on shamrock shapes or other St. Patrick's Day shapes.
Instant Shamrocks- supply children with pre-cut green hearts or if their are able have them trace and cut out a supply of hearts.  Three hearts can easily be arranged in the shape of a shamrock. 

Shamrock Wands- My daughter loves magic wands so we made one especially for St. Patrick's Day. We made a shamrock as described above. We added green metallic curling ribbon to the backs. On the front we used green glitter to add some pizzazz.  I glued (using a hot glue gun) the shamrock shape and ribbons to a wooden dowel. You could also use straws or pencils for your wand.  My daughter loved her new wand!

Green Pepper Shamrocks-Green peppers make great shamrock stamps! Slice off the bottom and let your little ones dip them into green paint and stamp on light colored paper.
Seeing Green- Cut out glasses from heavy cardboard. Attach green cellophane wrap to the backs and have your kids seeing green all day!  Jazz up your glasses with green jewels and gold glitter! These magical glasses are sure to help them spot that leprechaun who has been sneaking into your class.
Recipes- need some great Irish foods, drinks and other Irish snacks? This site has a ton of great ideas! Recipes From Kraft- check out Kraft's website for some great holiday treats!

Leprechaun Pudding
1 1-ounce box of instant pistachio pudding **
(**vanilla pudding can be used- tint with green food coloring)
1/2 cup of milk per child
1 small, re-sealable plastic bag
1/2 cup measuring cup

Place all ingredients in the baggy. Seal the baggy and have kids shake and squeeze until mixture is the consistency of pudding. Cut one corner of the baggy and squeeze into individual cups.

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400* F.

Have your children measure and stir together flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well (small depression) in the center of your dry ingredient mixture. Slowly stir in the buttermilk. A ball should form.

On a floured board, knead and shape dough into a round loaf.  Place dough in the center of a greased cookie sheet. Score bread dough with a sharp knife; make an X about 1/2-inch deep. It is believed that the X will ward off evil.. Bake for about 40 minutes, until brown. Serve hot.

Gold Coins

1 box Miniature Ritz Peanut Butter Sandwich crackers
I bag Butterscotch chips

Melt chips in a double boiler or in a microwave safe bowl. Carefully dip the crackers into the melted chips.  Set on a wire rack or waxed paper and let butterscotch harden.  YUMMMY!


Clip art

Awesome Clipart for Kids- very cute user friendly graphics Clips Ahoy- you have to do some searching
Granny J's Graphics- very nice! Snogirls Backgrounds

Coloring Pages

Jan Brett's Hedgie- rainbow and clovers Map of Ireland-Enchanted Learning
Billy Bear's Coloring Pages- scroll down to find them! St. Patrick's Day Coloring Pages- very cute images
First-School's Coloring Pages

History and Legends

Black Dog explains it all! The Blarney Stone- what is it? You will find out here!
DLTK's Ireland Resources-maps, recipes, coloring sheets, history and more! E-book- this book is great! It was made by 6th graders!  They read the story to you! Hear about Irish history, Irish geography, Irish government, Irish language (Gaelic), Ireland's flag, Ireland's currency, and Irish symbols.
Enchanted Learning unit on Ireland History Channel- get the facts on the history of St. Patrick's Day
Map of Ireland- educational Map of Ireland-Enchanted Learning's coloring page
Learn About the Legends at The Holiday Spot! Virtual Tour of Ireland- explore this beautiful country!

Lessons and other resources

A Teaching Heart- great ideas, many free printables, recipes and more! has a magnificent collection of resources for your classroom-worksheets that strengthen math, reading, writing, problem solving and more, mazes, crafts, stationary, vocabulary sheets... THIS IS A MUST SEE SITE!!
First-School- coloring pages, phonics worksheets, writing pages, activities- all focused on St. Pat's Day! Lots of great ideas from a real teacher- Love the gold lima beans! Check it out! Lots of ideas and pictures too!
Kiddy House- find answers to all your St. Patrick's Day questions, like what are leprechauns? Readers Theatre Script-enough parts for your whole class!

On-Line Fun

Billy Bear's Tic-Tac-Toe DLTK's Tic-Tac-Toe
Dress the Leprechaun at Billy Bear! Fun for little ones! On-line Coloring at Billy Bear- great for little ones!
Pot O' Gold- add the coins in the leprechauns pot! Primary Games- several St. Patty's Day Online games- puzzles, wordsearches, tic-tac-toe
Puzzles- sliders, jigsaw and drag and drop puzzles from BlackDog! St. Patrick's Day Quiz- on-line fun! Test your knowledge!
Tic-Tac-Toe at BlackDogs WordSearch- online fun from Billy Bear


Mini Book- Is it green?  An answer and fill in book to download- free!  From A Teaching Heart. A Teaching Heart- many downloadable (MSWORD files) that strengthen skills such as math, reading, writing...

Songs and Such

A Teaching Heart- scroll down to find some great holiday songs! Can Teach's St. Pat's Day Songs.
Mrs. Gilmore's Songs- old tunes with a new Irish twist!