Inside: Preschool St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities – 37 Pages of Hands-On Shamrock and Rainbow Printables!
St. Patrick’s Day is fun with shamrocks, gold coins, leprechauns and rainbows!
There are 8 themed St. Patrick’s Day learning activities, including rainbow sorting activities that have English and Spanish text.
Scroll down to see how each activity can be used, including additional ideas!
Preschool St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities Printables
Here’s what you get in this 37 page printable packet:
Shamrock Color Matching Cards
Skills: Color Recognition
- Cut apart the cards and match by color. One card in each set will have text and the other will not.
These matching cards would make a fun table activity during centers time.
For additional fine motor, include small objects such as buttons or pom poms that are the same colors as the shamrocks. Invite your children to place the objects on the matching colored shamrocks.
You can also use these cards, along with the rainbow sorting pages, during circle time.
Hand each child a different shamrock card. Go around the circle and ask each child what color their shamrock is. They can then place it in the center of the circle time area. The rainbow sorting text cards can be used as a reference.
St. Patrick’s Day Tracing/Coloring Sheet
Skills: Fine Motor, Literacy
- Color the objects and trace the letters.
This tracing and color sheet can be placed in your writing center along with favorite writing tools.
Left to Right Motor Tracing Cards
Skills: Fine Motor
- Practice moving a writing tool from left to right!
- Start with the green shamrock on the left and follow the dashed lines/curves, stopping at the rainbow shamrock.
This is another fun activity for the writing center. You can make enough copies so each child gets at least one sheet, or you can laminate the sheet so it can be used over and over again with dry erase markers.
You can also cut apart each card so that you have separate strips rather than a whole sheet.
Shamrock Count and Clip
Skills: Number Recognition, Counting, Fine Motor
- Cut apart the cards and provide clothespins.
- Count how many shamrocks are on the card, identify the number, and clip the clothespin to that number.
For younger preschoolers, separate the shamrocks from the grid and numbers.
Have them count how many shamrocks are on the card and then place a small object, such as a pom pom, on top of each one.
Shamrock Lacing Cards
Skills: Fine Motor, Color Recognition
- Print on heavy paper and/or laminate for durability.
- Use a hole punch on each of the black circles.
- Provide tipped lacing yarn to weave in and out of the holes.
- Ask the children to identify each color as the shamrocks are laced.
For a circle time activity, hide the different color shamrocks around the room. (Make sure you have one for each child. Make extra copies if needed.) Tell the children they will be going on a shamrock hunt and that when they each find ONE shamrock, they can bring it back to the circle.
Once everyone is back at the circle with their shamrocks, have them hold up the shamrocks and tell you what color they are.
You can then invite them to take their shamrocks to the table, along with tipped lacing yarn, for a threading activity. (Or you can save this step for the next day during centers time.)
Gold Coins Double Sided Counting Cards
Skills: Counting, Number Recognition
- Cut and fold each card, taping them to popsicle sticks for a flippable sign.
- As each card is held up, count the number of coins on one side, then flip it over to identify the number.
Rainbow Color Sorting Templates
Skills: Color Recognition, Literacy
- Use these templates for a variety of color sorting and color recognition activities.
- Some of the pages are also in Spanish.
Five Little Leprechauns
- Copy on heavy paper and/or laminate.
- Cut loosely around each leprechaun and the bed.
- Secure the leprechauns to the bed using hook and loop Velcro pieces.
Young children love the song “Five Little Monkeys”, so for this activity we substitute leprechauns for monkeys. We like to use this prop with the song “Five Little Leprechauns Jumping on the Bed” by the Kiboomers, which is part of our St. Patrick’s Day playlist.
Start by counting the leprechauns as you place them on the bed. Then, while singing the song, one by one the leprechauns jump off the bed until the bed is empty.
Another idea: Make extra copies of the leprechauns and attach to popsicle sticks so that you have one for each child. Invite them to each hold a leprechaun, making him jump up and down, while singing the song.
This St. Patrick’s Day printable packet contains the following printable sets:
- Shamrock Lacing Fine Motor
- Gold Coins Double Sided Counting Cards
- Count and Clip Shamrock Counting
- Five Little Leprechauns Song Prop
- St. Patrick’s Day Tracing/Coloring /Sheet
- Shamrock Color Matching Cards
- Rainbow Color Sorting Pages – English/Spanish
- Left to Right Fine Motor Tracing Cards
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