Learning With Your Kids on St. Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 12, 2012 posted by Joan

Saint Patrick’s Day is March 17th.  Everyone can enjoy it, not only the  Irish.  It will give you a good opportunity to plan fun learning activities with your kids.  Here are suggestions:

  • Show your children where Ireland is located on the map or globe.  Keep a map  for your child and mark the location of each state and country that you discuss  or read about through the year.
  • Give your child a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal.  Have him/her sort the cereal according to shape and count the charms in each group.
  • Teach your child about a  rainbow.  Include information about the various color combination.  Red and  yellow make orange, blue and red make purple, blue and yellow make green.  He/she can make a rainbow using strips of  colored paper, crayons, paint or markers.
  • Use  the rainbow picture to teach a little science. Explain that  rainbows occur when it is raining and the sun is shining. When light goes through droplets of rain at a low angle, an arc forms with bands of color: a  rainbow. The color reflected depends upon the wavelength of the stream of  light.
  • There are many enjoyable children’s books about St. Patrick’s Day.  Your local library is a wonderful resource for a list of appropriate books for the age of your child.  Spend time reading with your child about the celebration.
  • Find an easy recipe for Irish Soda Bread to bake with your child.
  • Children love treasure  hunts.  Use St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse for a search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Young children can look outside, around the  house, for small bags of stickers or any small prizes wrapped in small party bags.  If they need help finding the treasures, use clues of hot and cold.
  • Go outside and look for the good luck four-leaf clover.  If you can’t find  them, just make your own using paper, washable markers and scissors.  Use them to make greeting cards for friends and relatives.
  • When outside, pick up a Blarney Stone, for good luck, to decorate.  Any stone will do.  Just wash the stone, dry it and paint it.  Your child can then use the decorated stone as an inspirational paperweight.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Greeting Stones!




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