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Lucky Learning: Engaging St. Patrick's Day Activities for Kids

Updated: Mar 13

As the greenest holiday of the year approaches, it's time to sprinkle some shamrock-inspired fun into your celebrations and lessons. Whether you're looking to engage little leprechauns with creative writing, shamrock math, or infuse some STEM sparkle into the festivities, I’ve got you covered. (You'll even find a FREEBIE in idea #2!)

Here are some ideas that are sure to make this St. Patrick's Day one to remember!

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1. St. Patrick’s Day Emoji Writing

This short St. Patrick's Day Emoji Writing activity engages ALL learners, and motivates even the most reluctant writers. This is an excellent way to integrate any ELA or writing standards. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Students cut out and arrange the emoji pictures in the sequence of their choice. These are glued onto the writing sheet. 

  • Next, they write a creative, concise paragraph that follows the sequence of the specific emoji representations. 

  • Students are given a checklist to guide them through the writing process. 

  • Lastly, students draw an illustration that represents their writing.

You can find templates for narrative, opinion, and informative Emoji Writing HERE!

2. Leprechaun Trap Engineering

Challenge kids to design and build their own leprechaun traps using everyday materials like cardboard boxes, popsicle sticks, tape, and string. Encourage them to get creative with their designs, incorporating simple machine elements like pulleys, levers, and inclined planes to catch those elusive leprechauns. This activity not only sparks engineering creativity but also teaches problem-solving skills as kids strategize how to outsmart those tricky leprechauns.

Here are some additional resources you could use for this activity:

3. Shamrock Fractions

Practice, review, or reinforce fractions concepts with this fun St. Patrick’s Day themed “Shamrock Fraction Frame.” Depth & Complexity icons are used within this resource to elevate thinking. The frames work as learning mats in many different formats so students can organize and conceptualize their fraction representations visually. They represent fractions four different ways. 

Put these into a dry-erase pocket for multiple uses! These can be used with whole group instruction, small groups, or centers. I used it as a collaborative interactive frame, where groups of four each complete one part of the shamrock and then rotate it through the rest of the group.

4. St. Patrick's Day Read Aloud

There’s something magical about getting the class together for a read aloud. I really enjoy this time, and there are so many literacy, comprehension, and fluency benefits to a teacher-led read aloud. 

Here are some of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day-themed books:


Let me know when you use these in your classroom or homeschool! I'd love to hear about it! If you have any other favorite activities you enjoy, please share them in the comments.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

**Want an entire bundle of St. Patrick's Day activities? Find that HERE!

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