It’s March, but there is still lots of snow outside in Edmonton. St. Patrick’s Day activities and the green color they surround us with are so welcome. Here are three centers my class is currently playing in.
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Tray
Items included in this sensory tray:
- spinach rice vermicelli noodles (broken up)
- green bowls, sieves, and scoops
- green buttons, beads, and bead garland
- shamrock and leprechaun shaped erasers
- green coins
- leprechaun mini hats
- shamrock ice cubes
The green vermicelli noodles are a great find, as they are “ready-made” for this activity.
St. Patrick’s Day Play Kitchen
Pretend play is hands down one of children’s favorite activities to do. When effort is put into adding details to a play kitchen, children respond with delight.
St. Patrick’s Day pretend play items:
- St. Patrick’s Day themed plates and napkins
- shamrock felt decorations (to use as cookies)
- shamrock felt garland (taken apart to be “pretzels”)
- green and yellow pom-poms (play food)
- green and white flowers
- shamrock-shaped tray
- green serving utensils and ice cube tray
- shamrock table scatter
- bead necklace
- gold coins
St. Patrick’s Day Creating And Writing Center
The items in this creating and writing center are:
- felt pens in varying shades of green
- shamrock ink stampers
- shamrock paper punch
- leprechaun hat and shamrock tracers
- St. Patrick’s Day erasers
- St. Patrick’s Day stickers
- sticky note pad
- green stencil rulers
- paper and pencil
- gold coins
- St. Patrick’s Day glasses
- flowers and Irish blessing for decoration
All these activities are stocked with accessories easily found at Dollar stores or party stores. They are versatile pieces and can be used in the same or different ways in upcoming years.
To find out how the city of Chicago celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, click here.
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© Annette Kaminsky March 12, 2019
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