St. Patrick’s Day Activities

These fun activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day are sure to delight your preschool and kindergarten aged students.

Add a little bit of science, math, literacy and fine motor development and you have a recipe for a successful St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Fun St. Patrick's Day Activities for Kids #preschool #kindergarten
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1. Hot Potato Game

Fun St. Patrick's Day Hot Potato Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
This super fun hot potato game is always a huge hit at the St. Patrick’s Day party! Seat your students in a circle and fill a pot with chocolate gold coins. Next, play some Irish music as the kids pass the pot around the circle. Pause the music and whoever is holding the pot gets to take out a chocolate coin; keep playing until everybody has a gold coin. Learn how to make your own pot of gold HERE.

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Play Number Hunt FREE Printable #preschool #kindergarten

2. St. Patrick’s Day Number Hunt

Some green rice, gold numbers and a free printable number mat make for an educational and fun learning experience! Learn how to play HERE.

3. Following the Rainbow

Sheryl from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds shares how she takes her class on an exciting hunt for the end of rainbow on St. Patrick’s Day.

4. Magic Leprechaun Spray {Baking Soda Science + Fine Motor}

A little science, a little fine motor development and a LOT of St. Patrick’s Day fun is being had over at Little Bins for Little Hands!

5. Engineering a Leprechaun Trap

Planet Smarty Pants shares how to create a clever trap to catch those pesky leprechauns. Encourage creativity, engineering skills and more with this fun activity!

6. St. Patrick’s Day Play Dough {Invitation to Play}

I love this colorful St. Patrick’s Day themed invitation to play with dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning.

St. Patrick’s Day Books

Top 10 St. Patrick's Day Books for kids in #preschool and #kindergarten
Here are ten of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day books to read aloud to young children in preschool or kindergarten. I’m going to try to include more non-fiction books on these lists since non-fiction is an important part of the Common Core State Standards.

Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola
Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna Balian
The Leprechaun Trap by David and Kelly Clinch
Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk
The Naughty Leprechaun Story by Stephanie Hicks
Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
St. Patrick’s Day by Dorothy Goeller
The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen
What is St. Patrick’s Day? by Elaine Landau

St. Patrick's Day Pinterest Board
Follow my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board for more great ideas!

More St. Patrick’s Day Ideas
St. Patrick’s Day Theme Activities
St. Patrick’s Day Literacy Activities
St. Patrick’s Day Math Activities
St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor Activity
Moldable Rainbow Sensory Sand
Growing Green Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day
Rainbow Play Dough

About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.


  1. Caitlin says:

    I love the number hunt! I will definitely be doing that with my students.

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      I’m so glad you like the Number Hunt idea Caitlin, thanks for stopping by!

  2. Natalie PlanetSmartyPants says:

    Thank you for featuring our Leprechaun Trap :)

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      You are most welcome Natalie! I just love how you described all the skills your daughter learned from the leprechaun trap activity as well as the inspiration and motivate to write.

  3. Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning says:

    What a fun collection of activities. Thank you so much for including our play dough invitation. And I love your book suggestions. We also enjoyed reading The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan.

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Hi Shaunna, I love your invitations to play! Thanks for the book suggestion, I’ll have to check that one out.

  4. What a great collection! Thank you for featuring our Magic Leprechaun Spray! It really is magic around here!

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Thanks for stopping by Sarah. I love how you incorporated opportunities for fine motor development into the exploration- squirt bottles are always fun!

  5. Some nice ideas!

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