It’s that time of year again, folks! St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to break out the green clothes, the four-leaf clovers, gold coins, and the leprechaun traps! But if you’re a kindergarten teacher, you’re probably wondering how to incorporate this festive holiday into your lesson plans, small groups, and even hands-on math fun. Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered! Here are some fun and educational St. Patrick’s Day learning activities for Kindergarten.
Shamrock Counting is an essential St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities for Kindergarten. Print out some shamrocks and gold pot pieces. Have your students order the cards and see if they can find the pattern. Next, students can could the cards. For an extra challenge, you can also have them practice skip counting by 2s, 5s, or 10s.
Pot of Gold CVC Word Building
Pot of Gold CVC Word Building is another St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities for Kindergarten. For this activity, students use gold pieces to complete the CVC word. To play, students take the Pot of Gold CVC word pieces. Next, they take the vowel gold coin pieces. In a small group or center, students use the gold coin to make the CVC word.
CVC Word Matching Activities
A similar game your students will love includes this St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities for Kindergarten. This is a great way to have learning fun in small groups. Students match the word to the CVC pot picture. Next, they can write the correct CVC word on the response sheet. This would also make an ideal literacy center.
Make and Extend Patterns with a St. Patrick’s Day Theme
A fun St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities for Kindergarten involves all things patterns. For this pattern-building, making, and/or extending pattern activity, students use pots of gold, rainbows, and shamrock pieces to make patterns. Don’t assume your students can create or extend patterns, but let them show you if they can or if they need help.
Fill the Pot of Gold with the Number
Create a pot of gold using this printable activity. Students count and color in the gold pieces to match the number given. You can use the printable, or laminate and a dry eraser marker. What fun St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities for Kindergarten!
Comparing Numbers with Shamrock Candy
If your learners have mastered counting and making sets, why not work on comparing numbers? Your little learners can count the pieces of shamrock candy in the left jar, then write the number on the left box. Then, count the pieces of shamrock candy in the right jar, then write the number on the right box. Finally, add the comparing number symbol in the middle box. This also works best when the pages are laminated.
Make a St. Patrick’s Day Graph
How about this St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities for Kindergarten: Make a Graph! Students color the three picture options in different colors. Shamrocks can be green, rainbows can be red, and perhaps the pots can be black. Then, students graph the data on the right-hand side. Finally, students circle which option has the most and least at the bottom.
Addition with a Twist
We have mastered addition, but we can always work on missing addends. So let’s come up with a fun St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities for Kindergarten that is missing addends. Students can work on these addition problems in centers or small groups with ease.
Subtraction Action for St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities for Kindergarten
Since we have covered addition, we are just starting to dive into subtraction. We are going to work on this math skill where we take away gold pieces from these pots. Students love to mark OFF pieces when we get to subtraction.
There you have it – ten fun and educational St. Patrick’s Day learning activities for kindergarten. Your students will love these festive activities, and you’ll love that they’re learning at the same time. Who knows – maybe they’ll even catch a leprechaun or two!