St. Patrick’s Day Games for Preschoolers
4 Leaf Clover Games
To play the four-leaf clover game you will need to cut out a green four-leaf clover and many three-leaf clovers, at least one for each player and a bag to put the clovers in. Gift bags are easy for little hands to reach into and pass around.
To play the four-leaf clover game, preschoolers can sit in a circle just like for circle time. Pass around the bag and let each player draw out a clover. Keep the bag going around fast to keep everyone’s attention. After everyone has a clover, go around the circle and let each preschooler count the leaves on their clover. Did they find three or four? The four leaf clover “winner” can take the bag and collect the clovers. This game can be played several times in a row. The four-leaf clover game is fun and easy for preschoolers.
4 Leaf Clover Matching Centers
Another variation is to create a “matching” center. For a matching center you will need 2 shoeboxes and many sets of three and four leaf clovers. Put a three-leaf clover on one box and a four-leaf clover on another. Place the three and four leaf clovers in a gift bag and children can work individually or in pairs to match to count and match.
Both of these games reinforce preschool math skills of counting and one to one correspondence up to three or four.
St. Patrick’s Day Science Experiments for Preschoolers
Blue + Yellow = Green
For St. Patrick’s Day art out comes the green paint, green papers, green markers and green crayons. It’s fun to take the time to let preschoolers learn that green is created from yellow and blue. Allow each preschooler to mix some blue and green paint in a plastic cup to use for their green St. Patrick’s Day art.
The same concept can be reinforced at center time with paper, yellow and blue markers. Model for preschoolers that if they color a section yellow and go over it again with a blue marker that it will turn green.
This is perhaps an old and common science experiment but I find that it still thrills preschoolers. This project should be started a couple of days before St. Patrick’s Day so the experiment will be complete and the preschoolers will have a beautiful green centerpiece for their St. Patrick’s Day Party.
For this science experiment you will need mini white carnations, vases, water and green food coloring. Straws are optional but helpful.
Allow the preschoolers to use straws to enjoy their snack beverage while showing the stem of the carnations and explaining how the stem of the carnation acts like a straw to help the flower drink water.
Let preschoolers place bunches of mini carnations in vases with water and add drops of food coloring. Ask several children what color the flowers are to begin with (white) to reinforce the change that will occur. If you begin this science experiment in the morning, preschoolers will be able to see the first traces of green by the afternoon.
Additionally you could do one vase with drops of blue and yellow to reinforce the ideas behind the paint mixing experiment and to compare the difference with those that drank the green food coloring.
More St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Preschoolers:
Free Printable Coloring Pages
The Apples4theteacher web site has free printable coloring pages for St. Patrick’s Day for preschoolers . Think outside of the crayon box when it comes to coloring pages. Preschoolers can cut out the pictures, paint, glue on fabric and a variety of textures and more using coloring pages as a base.
Fill the library and story time with great St. Patrick’s Day books for kids like St. Patrick’s Alphabet by Beverly Barras Vidrine to help preschoolers build their vocabulary and make connections about the symbols and celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day.
Play-Doh and Shamrock Cookie Cutters
Play-Doh is always a favorite center time for preschoolers. For March stock up on green Play-Doh and add St. Patrick’s Day cookie cutters like shamrocks to the Play-Doh center. After your St. Patrick’s Day party add any left over St. Patrick’s Day themed plates, cups or plastic ware to your Play-Doh center to encourage preschoolers to create and serve their own St. Patrick’s Day treats.
Elementary age students will also still enjoy the green carnation science experiment and the Play-Doh time as well. If you’re spending St. Patrick’s Day with elementary age children, you may enjoy these free, easy and fun St. Patrick’s Day Games.