St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Preschool

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It’s all about the color green with our favorite St. Patrick’s Day ideas for preschool.

During the month of March our feature color is green, so we do a lot of yellow and blue color mixing activities. The shamrock shape is used often, too, and not just at the art table, but also the light table, play dough table, mixed in with dramatic play, on our science shelf — pretty much evenly spread around the classroom! I thought I’d share some of our past favorite St. Patrick’s day ideas that work well for preschoolers, as well as a round-up of activities from my fellow-bloggers.

St Patrick's Day Ideas
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St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Preschool

 

Painting Shamrocks with Brayers

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

 

Brayers are one of our favorite tools for applying paint. They allow young children to move their entire arm, even moving the shoulder. They are also great for those who might not feel comfortable using a paint brush.

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

 St. Patrick’s Day at the Play Dough Table

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

 

We use our favorite play dough recipe and tint it green. We then add lots of green objects to use with the play dough. Either hit the dollar store before the holiday, or find it on clearance afterwards and save it for next year.

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Collages

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

 

We love group collages because they allow the preschoolers to work together. In this activity, we tinted white glue green and filled trays with various green objects. The objects are then glued onto paper.

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

 

Drip Painting

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know how we love to work on a vertical surface for some extra fine motor work. We love using our acrylic page holders as personal easels for activities such as this. Place the paper in the sign holder and have the preschoolers squirt paint onto it using pipettes.

 

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

 

Spin Art

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
The salad spinner comes back out for this fun shamrock painting activity, just like when we made spin art hearts. This is the very same technique, just using shamrocks instead of hearts.

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

 

And then, glitter!

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

 

 

 



St Patrick's Day Ideas

 

Here are even more St. Patrick’s day from my fellow bloggers:

Five Little Shamrocks Craft and Song (JDaniel4sMom)

Shamrock Wand (Crafty Morning)

St. Patrick’s Day Counting Activity (Carrots Are Orange)

St. Patrick’s Day Lime Play Dough (Plain Vanilla Mom)

Pot of Gold Cookies (A Sparkle of Genius)

Shamrock Foam Dough (Crayon Box Chronicles)

St. Patrick’s Day Activities to Pin

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About Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.

Comments

  1. Sara Mullett says:

    Thanks so much for including our Leprechaun Songs Sheryl! Love the spin art idea – so much fun!!

  2. Wow, those are messy activities! I would love to see more teachers like you in my area! I thought I was a crazy mommy that lets my kids paint at 6-8mths! Thanks so much for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop!

  3. Marble painting looks wonderfully fun and messy!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  4. Thank you so much for including our shamrock foam dough Sheryl! 🙂