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We did the "Exploding Milk" experiment to make a rainbow.

Finger painted with pistachio pudding. Yum!
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Leprechaun Dance
Submitted by Terrance
 Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the right.(step)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the right.
 Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the right.
Dance all around the rainbow.(circle)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the left.(step)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the left.
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance to the left.
 Dance all around the rainbow.(circle)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance all around.(circle)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance all around.
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Dance all around.
Dance all around the rainbow.
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Sit right down.(sit)
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Sit right down.
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, Sit right down.
Underneath the rainbow.

12 Days of St. Patricks Day
Submitted by Terrance
(Twelve Days of Christmas)
 On the first day of St. Patrick's
My true love gave to me - a kiss on the Blarney Stone.
second - two leprechauns,
third - three big shillelaghs (shih-LAY-lees),
fourth - four-leaf clover,
fifth - five screaming banshees,
sixth - six drafty castles,
seventh - seven green shamrocks,
eighth - eight pots of gold,
ninth - nine shining rainbows,
tenth - ten Irish blessings,
eleventh - eleven Celtic fiddlers,
twelfth - twelve stepping dancers,

Review March's unpredictable weather while playing this musical circle-time game. In advance, cut five large shamrock shapes from green construction paper. On another sheet of paper, draw a symbol to represent each type of weather (sunny, rainy, windy, snowy, and cloudy). Cut out and glue a symbol to the middle of each shamrock cut-out. To play the game, arrange your children in a circle. Place the shamrock cut-outs facedown in the middle of the circle. Direct a volunteer leprechaun to go to the middle of the circle. Sing the following song as the leprechaun performs her own jig. When indicated, pause and instruct the leprechaun to choose a shamrock to show to everyone. Then sing the last line to describe the weather shown on the shamrock. Continue until everyone has had a turn to be the leprechaun.
Leprechaun, Come Out to Play
 (sung to the tune of "Jimmy Crack Corn")
Leprechaun, come out to play.
Leprechaun, come out to play.
Leprechaun, come out to play. Pause. Child picks up shamrock.
It is a [sunny] day.

Five Little Leprechauns
Five little leprechauns playing in the sun.
The first one said, “Oh, my! We’re having fun!”
The second one said, “We need to spread some joy!”
The third one said, “Let’s find some girls and boys.”
The fourth one said, “There’s gold to be found!”
The fifth one said, “Let’s look all around!”
Then out came a rainbow, shining bright and bold.
So, five little leprechauns ran to find some gold!

Leapin’ Leprechauns!
(sung to the tune of
“The Wheels on the Bus”)
A leprechaun [jumps up and down],
[Up and down],
[Up and down]!
A leprechaun [jumps up and down]
On St. Patrick’s Day!
Repeat, replacing the underlined phrases with hops back and
forth/back and forth, leaps side to side/side to side, and turns
round and round/round and round in turn.

Submitted by Sue
Five wee leprechauns scurrying by my door,
One jumped away, then there were 4.

Four wee leprechauns climbing in my tree,
One hid in the green leaves, then there were 3.

Three wee leprechauns, just a busy few,
One went for a pot of gold, then there were 2.

Two wee leprechauns, having lots of fun,
One hopped over the rainbow, then there was 1.

One wee leprechaun, with all his work done.
He slipped off for a nap, then there were none.

Submitted by Barbara of the KOS Loop
My head teacher did the CUTEST idea for St. Patrick's day.  This was done with toddlers (not yet 2, to kids who were 4) .She used white paper (12x18) although any size could be used.  She had taken about 6 small crayons (rainbow colors) and taped them together in a row.  The kids scribbled the colors all over the paper.  Then she gave them a black "pot" (maybe 3 inches) to glue on the paper wherever they wanted it.  Then they took gold glitter and lightly (I covered some of the holes) glittered the pot and around it where she had put glue.  It was SO CUTE. If it had been done on 9x12 paper -
it could have been framed - that's how great they looked.

Shamrock Story
Submitted by Cindy
The Throwaway Hearts
(I elaborate on this story to fit my room, class, etc.)
A teacher makes three red hearts to decorate the classroom for February.  The three hearts enjoy the children and the classroom activities, especially those on St. Valentine's Day.  But as the month draws to a close, the hearts begin to worry.  They realize the teacher will throw them away and decorate the calendar with an object more representative of March.  On the last night of February, the hearts think and think.  The leader of the three suggests that they try to change to green, because March is the beginning of spring.  They close their eyes and think very hard about being green; and when they open their eyes, they are!  Now they try to think of different green objects they could be.  (get ideas from the group)  Then one of the hearts sees a shamrock decorating a calendar on the teacher's desk - the shamrock looks like three hearts.  When the teacher comes in the next morning, she finds the three red hearts have become a green shamrock.  And it's so perfect that she uses it to decorate her room!
(I use this story on the flannelboard with hearts that are red on one side and green on the other.  Simply put the point of the three hearts together, add a stem and you have a shamrock!)  Taken from Instructor magazine; no date listed.

Submitted by Lauramarie
In keeping with the St. Patricks Day theme my class made rainbows last week.  We made the handprint one for the BB(thanks to whoever sent that idea in it was easier then I thought). I added this poem:
In places here, and foreign lands
The rainbow can be seen in hands
That make the world a better place
A rainbow of the human race.
(I'm sorry I don't know where the poem comes from-maybe from when Melanie ran the loop)
 We also made really nice rainbows from pre-cut circles.  My kids are older twos and younger threes and their cutting skills aren't up to cutting circles but for the older kids I would let them do the cutting.

red-glue-orange-glue-yellow and so on you get the idea.  Before the glue(which will be thick in some areas) dries, fold in half-colors out- any way the colors look best or however the child chooses.I stapled in 3 places to hold it all together. We punched a hole in top and hung them from the ceiling in the room.  They all look different, but they all look really pretty.
Last I hung prisms and crystals from suction cups hanger thingies on the window-which gets sun all day- and we have rainbows all over the room.

Submitted by Diane
Hi everyone,  With St. Patrick's Day approaching a favorite with my class is to make Irish Soda Bread.  Although I have many recipes, this one is simple enough for the children to help with and it is delicious.  This recipe came from our local newspaper and I have been making it for years.  Many of my Irish friends are also now using it instead of their complicated recipes from grandparents.

Irish Soda Bread
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tblsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp caraway seed (optional)
1cup buttermilk
2/3 cup raisins
3 tblsp. shortening
melted butter and sugar for top

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and caraway seeds.  Cut in shortening with two knives.  Pour in buttermilk, add raisins.  Turn sticky mixture into floured board.  Knead a few strokes.  Shape into a round loaf and put into an 8 or 9" cake pan.  Cut a cross into top and drizzle melted butter and sugar on top. Bake in a 350  oven for 30-45
minutes.  ENJOY.

Circle Activities for Saint Patrick's Day
Submitted by TySharl
Guess What's Missing?
Play above game using pictures of a shamrock, leprechaun, pot of gold and rainbow. (Instead of having a child close her eyes while I remove one of the items, I put a large piece of green construction paper on top of all of them and slip one out, saying, "On Saint Patrick's Day, which one went away?". and then call on a child. This way, everyone can be thinking, even when it's not their turn.
What is Green Made Of?
Fill a shallow dish with water; then add a drop of yellow and a drop of blue food coloring near the edge of the dish. Add drops of dish detergent along the edges of the dish also. The soap will cause the blue and yellow food coloring to mix, resulting in green. Tell the children this is Leprechaun Magic!

"Conini"-An Irish children's game
Conini is the Irish word for rabbit. Children form a circle and hold hands. One child is in the center of the circle. This child is the conini and she tries to break out of the cage by slipping under the children's arms.
Movement-March of the Leprechauns
Children wearing Saint Patrick's Day hats and carrying large shamrocks glued to paper towel rolls, march around the room, chanting:

The leprechauns are marching
They're marching on the floor
They're marching in a circle
They're marching out the door
The leprechauns are marching
Marching to the beat
Marching all around the place
On their tiny feet
The leprechauns are marching
They're marching down the hall
They're marching on the ceiling
They're marching on the wall
the leprechauns are marching
Marching to the beat
Marching all around the place
On their tiny feet.
Hide, Leprechaun, Hide!
Children sit at circle, and close eyes, while teacher places a paper leprechaun in a visible spot in classroom. Children must verbally identify location of leprechaun.
It doesn't matter if they peak, 'cause the skills you're developing are more verbal than visual.

Five Green Shamrocks
Place 5 paper shamrocks, with a child's name printed on each one in the middle of the circle. As you recite following verse, children find their names and take the shamrock.. Continue until everyone has a turn.
5 little shamrocks growing outside my door,
(child's name) picked one, and then there were 4.
4 little shamrocks, green as green could be,
(child's name) picked one, and then there were 3.
3 little shamrocks, sitting by my shoe,
(child's name) picked one, and then there were 2.
2 little shamrocks, nodding in the sun,
(child's name) picked one and that left 1.
1 little shamrock for Saint Patrick's Day fun,
(child's name) picked it, and that left none.
"Pot of Gold" Shape Game
Place different laminated paper shapes in "pot of gold." (a coffee can covered with black paper.) The pot is passed around the circle to each child, who pulls out a shape and says,"Do you know what I've been told? A (name shape) is in the pot of gold."

Story Starters
Fill paper bag with various objects. (one for each child,)
Start the story,"Larry Leprechaun is looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As he is walking in the forest, he sees a ________.A child draws object from bag and tries to incorporate it into story. Continue until everyone has had a turn. Add  bits and pieces to story if children need a helping hand.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to one and all! P.S. This material goes with the songs and verse I sent previously ----I just can't type it all at once!

Saint Patrick's Day
Submitted by TySharl
(tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low)
Do your ears point up? (pull on top of ears)
Do you have a lot of luck? (cross fingers on both hands)
Can you dance an Irish jig? (dance)
For a pot of gold you'd dig. (pretend to dig)
Can you toss gold over your shoulder (pretend to toss over shoulder)
Like a giant throws a boulder? (pretend to throw heavy object)
Do your ears point up? (pull on top of ears)

Tall and Small
Here is a giant who is tall, tall, tall. (children stand up tall)
Here is a leprechaun who is small, small, small. (children slowly sink to floor)
The leprechaun who is small will try, try, try, (children slowly rise)
To reach the giant who is high, high, high. (children stand tall and reach high)

Saint Patrick's Day Song
(tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
I'm looking for a leprechaun, leprechaun, leprechaun,
I'm looking for a leprechaun
Do you know where's he gone?
He wears a suit that's made of green,
made of green, made of green,
He wears a suit that's made of green,
Do you know where he is?
He lives by a rainbow and hides his gold,
Hides his gold, hides his gold.
He lives by a rainbow and hides his gold,
Do you know where he's gone?
If you see a leprechaun, leprechaun, leprechaun,
If you see a leprechaun,
Please tell me where he's gone.

I'm a Little Leprechaun  (tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little leprechaun
Dressed in green
The tiniest man tha
you have ever seen.
If you ever catch me,
So it's told,
I'll give you my pot of gold.

I Saw a Leprechaun  (tune:If You're Happy and You Know it)
I saw a leprechaun yesterday
I saw a leprechaun yesterday
Yes, I saw him yesterday
Going on his merry way
With a twinkle in his eye,
He said, "Good Day."

Paddy is His Name-O  (tune: Bingo)
I know a tiny little man who dresses all in green.
he is a leprechaun; he is a leprechaun; he is a leprechaun;
And Paddy is his name-o.
He lives across the ocean wide; He's rarely ever seen.
He is a leprechaun; he is a leprechaun; he is a leprechaun;
And Paddy is his name-o.

Saint Patrick's Day (tune: If You're Happy and You Know It.)
On Saint Patrick's Day, you might see a leprechaun. (2)
If you close your eyes and wish, and pretend you are Irish,
On Saint Patrick's Day, you might see a leprechaun.
On Saint Patrick's Day you might see a rainbow bright (2)
If you close your eyes and wish, and pretend you are Irish,
On Saint Patrick's Day you might see a rainbow bright.
On Saint Patrick's Day you might see a pot of gold (2)
If you close your eyes and wish, and pretend you are Irish,
On Saint Patrick's Day you might see a pot of gold.
On Saint Patrick's Day you might see a shamrock green (2)
If you close your eyes and wish and pretend you are Irish,
On Saint Patrick's Day you might see a shamrock green.

St. Patrick's day RECIPE
Submitted by Kris of the KOS Loop
one 1 oz box of sugar-free instant pistachio pudding for every 5 children
1/2 cup milk per child
1 small resealable plastic bag per child, tablespoon, 1/2 cup measuring cup, 1 spoon per child
1. wash hands
2. put 1 Tbsp pudding mix in plastic bag
3. pour 1/2 cup milk in bag
4. close bag tightly
5. shake and squeeze bag
6. open bag and eat it up!

St. Patricks Day
Submitted by Beaverun
About two weeks before St. Patrick's Day, I send a note home to parents telling them we will be making a rainbow collage beginning on_______(six days before St. Pat's) and asking them to send in with their child scraps of cloth, paper, ribbon, food wrappers, or anything else that can be glued on the collage.  I then list the colors assigned to dates so they know which color to send in (March 7 - Red; March 8 - orange; etc).  I then prepare a large rainbow on white mural paper and each day the children glue their finds onto the rainbow.  I provide extra items for children who did not bring in anything. Each day we watch our rainbow grow, by St. Pat's Day, we end up with a wonderful rainbow collage to display.

Submitted by Gail
we make a hat by using 3 pages of newspaper folded over child's head; wrap masking tape as head band; roll sides up then paint green and decorte

Submitted by Sharon
This is too cute! Last year I purchased enough Chinet (good and sturdy) paper bowls. I put out bright green paint and the kiddos painted the outside of the bowls. When they dried, we hole-punched two holes to loop sewing elastic through to keep the bowls on our heads, glued on a feather and an orange strip of felt or ribbon just below the lip of the bowl. Ta Da! Leprechaun Bowler hats! The kids wore them all day and the parents instantly fell in love with them!

Pot of Gold
Find various sizes of stones and spray paint them gold. I have a very large sandbox to work with and I bury the  stones at different depths. The children go nuts over this! In fact they still sift and search through the sand months after St. Patrick's day is through. It's great for gross motor (digging), fine motor (sifting&picking) and math (counting and sorting).

Magic Milk Shakes
Submitted by Teri
Before you start the activity with the children put green food coloring in the bottom of the blender.  With the children present add icecream and milk.  Ask the kids what color they think it will be when it is all mixed up.  After they all guess white remind them that this is going to be a MAGIC milkshake.  When you turn the blender on magically the milkshake turns green.  Be sure to watch the expressions on the kids when you try this.  They are priceless.

St. Pat's Day
Submitted by Karen
For St. Patrick's Day I do the footprints around the room and rearrange things (things on the wall turned upside down, toys left out, etc....), which gives the children the impression that a leprechaun had been there during the night.  To still the doubts of our few doubting Thomas', there is also a tape left behind with a message from the leprechaun (make sure the voice is one they do not hear around school).  That usually convinces the skeptics.  (And you should see there faces when the leprechaun refers to my assistant and I by name in the message!!!)

Title: Shimmering Shamrocks
Cut out shamrock shapes from green paper. Have the children put glue around the edge of the shamrock. Sprinkle salt or sugar on the glue.
Or if you can find the green celophane paper in the grocery store cut holes in the shamrock and put celophane behind it.

Title: Yummy Shamrocks - Snack
I use green pistachio instant pudding to fingerprint on a large piece of paper. When it is dry, you can cut it out in the shape of a large shamrock and glue a colored picture of a leprechaun in the middle. The kids really love this and clean up is a breeze - just lick!!


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