When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around in March, it’s a great chance to celebrate in fun, whimsical ways. If your child is not familiar with Leprechauns you may want to read some books ahead of time so he/she is excited about these special St. Patrick’s Day surprises we have up our sleeves. Some possible books include: Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story by Linda Shute, That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting, and The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day (Reading Railroad) by Natasha Wing.
*Leprechauns Have Been Here
I got this adorable idea form Sue Ann Kearns, a wonderful first grade teacher who taught in the classroom next to mine. She would sprinkle green glitter as “Leprechaun Dust” around her classroom so the children would think Leprechauns had been there the night before. Then the children would go on a hunt. It was too cute! The children just went wild. You may also want to add other teeny tiny props (doll house furniture, Barbie shoes…).
Disclaimer: For young children, you want to make sure they don’t really think they will find Leprechauns, just a possible treat they left behind so they aren’t disappointed!
It doesn’t get much simpler than this when it comes to crafts and my daughter absolutely loved it! I simply cut the bottom of a green paper cup out with an X-Acto knife. And then L. took a square piece of green cellophane paper and wrapped it around the opposite end of the glass (the part you would drink out of) and placed an elastic around it to keep it in place. Next, you are ready to go in search of Leprechauns. The other great thing about the cup is if your child sees a Leprechaun he/she can quickly flip it over and trap the little guy.
?St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt
We are excited to share this Downloadable Rainbow Treasure Hunt—you and your kids can enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day. Teachers: you can also design your own treasure hunt by using this blank downloadable version.
First choose a “treasure” that’ll be waiting for your child at the end of the hunt (pretend gold coins, St. Patrick’s themed stickers or if you would like to offer a treat, use gold-wrapped Rolos or gold coin chocolates).
Next, download and print the Leprechaun Letter and Treasure Hunt clues. Cut apart the six clues, then hide them according to the directions below on St. Patrick’s Day. Get your little ones excited for the game by reading the Leprechaun Letter together at the start of the treasure hunt.
Red (Choose where you want the treasure hunt to start.)
Yellow (on a window)
Green (child’s bed)
Purple (in your mailbox)
Your child’s “treasure” you have created should be hidden under the kitchen table. We would love to see what your treasure looks like!