If you are in need of some St. Patrick’s Day centers you’ve gotta check out this resource.
I’m prepping for March and can’t wait to pull out our St. Patrick’s Day centers and activities pack. This resource includes lots of math and literacy centers, hands-on activity ideas, and just print printables.
Before sharing all the goodies in this pack, I thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite St. Patrick’s themed books for littles! These are all read and loved favorites!
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Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Race by James Dean
There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro
Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling
How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons
So, now that we have our themed books ready for the week, it’s time to start pulling out some learning center style activities! Take a look at some of the hands-on centers included in this St. Patrick’s Day set.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY THEMED LITERACY CENTERS
LUCKY LEPRECHAUN DOUGH LETTERS
Kids love using Play-Doh in activities so why not build those fine motor skills and work on letter recognition with these fun St. Patty’s Day themed letter mats. Pick an upper or lowercase letter and roll to create it out of play dough!
LETTER OR NUMBER COIN SORT
Help reinforce letter verse number discrimination with this fun coin literacy center. For this activity children are asked to pick a coin (some have letters and some numbers), identify it by name then sort it by letter or number.
Related: Simple Letter Recognition Activities for Kids
LEPRECHAUN UPPER AND LOWERCASE LETTER MATCH
I’m in love with these adorable reading leprechauns! In this St. Patrick’s Day center your child will pick an uppercase letter card and find the matching lowercase card. You can have them set them side-by-side or clip them together with a clothespin.
I love adding mini clothespins to our activities! Great for little hands and building fine motor skills!
If your little is working on recognizing rhymes this center style activity will be perfect for them! I love task card activities like this because they are easy prep and engaging. Pick a card, identify the picture, then clip the matching rhyming picture. These are awesome because you can easily check if your child can differentiate between words that rhyme and words that don’t rhyme.
SHAMROCK WRITING TRAY
Time to pull out the salt writing tray and work on some letter formation. This St. Patrick’s Day center is always a hit and such a simple way to work on writing skills with littles! To create your own simply fill a shallow tray with salt and pair with your favorite themed letter and number cards.
Did you know you can easily dye salt? Pour your desired amount of salt in a Ziplock bag and add a few drops of household food dye. Zip shut and shake! That’s it!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY MATH CENTERS
ST. PATTY’S COUNT THE ROOM
Write the room activities are awesome because they get our kids up and moving. This center is one that focuses on counting and number recognition. Print the included picture cards and tape them around the room. Then, have children find the cards, count to tell how many and record their answer on the included recording sheet.
POT OF GOLD COUNTING
How cute is this St. Patrick’s Day center? This pot of cold counting center activity is so fun and great for working on number recognition and counting. I have included printable picture cards to use as counting objects, but it is also fun to add in some real objects too!
SHAMROCK 2D SHAPES
When I saw these adorable shamrock coin shapes I knew I had to create a fun trace and build shapes activity with them! Print these shamrock coin shapes on cardstock, then pair with Play-Doh, mini erasers, and dry erase markers for simple hands-on shape practice.
SHAMROCK PICK AND COUNT
This St. Patty’s Day themed math center is so cute! For this center I recommend printing out the included shamrocks and taping them to popsicle sticks. Then invite your learner to pick a shamrock card and count out shamrocks to match. For even more fun, you can have them roll Play-Doh snakes to stick the shamrocks in.
SHAMROCK COLOR SORTING
Work on fine motor skills and color recognition with this shamrock themed center. This resource includes color shamrocks that you’ll print, cut, and attach to pipe cleaners. Set out the shamrocks with rainbow pony beads and invite your child to sort and thread by color.
How about some hands-on activity ideas?
RAINBOW HORSESHOE NAME CRAFT
You GUYS! I am so happy with how this craft turned out. I like to try and include some type of name activity in every pre-k themed resource and this one is a super fun craft! You’ll get the horseshoe and shamrock templates so you can easily make this name craft. For the rainbow backdrop I used Kwik Stix Paint Sticks, but any kind of rainbow paint would work.
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin
You can’t go wrong with a play dough tray so here is a peek at our St. Patrick’s Day themed tray. Use these ideas to inspire your own and let me know how it goes. On our dollar appetizer tray I have included green play dough, glass gems, rainbow pompoms, rainbow mini erasers, pony beads, fake shamrocks, and fake gold coins.
LUCKY CHARM PLAY DOUGH MATS
Do your kids like Lucky Charms? These Lucky Charm themed play dough mats fit perfectly with a St. Patrick’s Day theme! Have fun making these play dough shapes and strengthening those fine motor skills.
Related: Exploring Colors – Simple Ideas
SHAMROCK COLOR MIXING
Check out this fun and simple idea for working on color mixing! Grab a gallon size Ziploc bag and sketch a shamrock on the front of it with a black Sharpie. Inside the bag squirt a blob of yellow paint and blue paint. Seal the bag then have your child mix and squish the colors together. What color does blue and yellow create when mixed?
Ahhh I can’t wait to add these centers to our activity learning shelf and pull out these fun hands-on ideas in just a few weeks! I just know my girls are going to LOVE them and I hope your children do too!
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