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Homeschool Syllabus: Saint Patrick's Day

For the last couple weeks we've had a great deal of fun learning more about Saint Patrick's Day and it's traditions/legends. Here some of the activities* that have been keeping us busy.

creating shamrocks with heart shape stamps 
skills reinforced: fine motor, shape understanding, creativity, parts of a shamrock

green play-dough with gold glitter
skills reinforced: fine motor, creativity. imagination 

saint patrick's day sensory bin: green rice, ireland flags, leprechaun ducks
skills reinforced: fine motor, creativity, imagination, sorting, counting

color absorption science experiment
skills reinforced: scientific method, color mixing, absorption, team work,
*the kids really enjoyed this activity so we did it with a couple different colors

magnetic build a rainbow
skills reinforced: roygbiv order, colors, fine motor
*i've made the printable available here

tweezing rainbow colored pony beads
skills reinforced: sorting, fine motor, colors

logic puzzle - each row and column must have all four pictures (i usually place 1st four)
skills reinforced: problem solving, logic, patterns
*the game is available for print here. we also play this game with counters, buttons, numbers, etc. 

rainbow matchstick shapes
skills reinforced: fine motor, shapes, counting
*i've made matchstick shape boards available for print here. you can find a craft stick version here

patterning with four leaf clover pasta
skills reinforced: patterning, colors

pots of gold: counting by 10 
skills reinforced: counting by tens, number sense, numeral recognition

less than greater than game via homeschool creations 
skills reinforced: number sense, quantity, numeral recognition  

irish flag toothpick counting and addition/subtraction boards
skills reinforced: counting, addition, number sense, numeral recognition
*the boards are cut from dollar tree foam board

sorting coins
skills reinforced: sorting, coin value
*sorting tray was found at dollar tree 

saint patrick's day rhyming cards
skills reinforced:: phonetic knowledge, classifying, comparing, reading, rhyming
*i've made the printable available here

light box and transparent letters
skills reinforced: letter recognition, spelling, phonics, reading
*younger children practice sorting letter and name spelling, big buddy and i review reading lessons and sight words
*letters are from discount school supply. diy light box instructions can be found here

saint patrick's day dress up basket
 (hats, necklaces, crowns, scarfs, etc)
skills reenforced: creativity, storytelling, cooperation 

We've also been enjoying a number of Saint Patrick's Day themed books. Here are a five favorites:
If you are doing a Saint Patrick's Day unit I'd love to see's never to early to start planning for next year.  Happy Saint Patrick's Day! 

P.S. Check out our homeschool page for more theme units and educational ideas. 


  1. This is such a GREAT list of activities - thank you so much for linking up and sharing them with me, I've got my eye on several to share with my daughter's teacher. Thank you!

    Pink and Green Mama

  2. This is a fabulous list...I want to like, BE your kid so I can do all this stuff! Consider yourself pinned!

  3. How fun! Yours kids are lucky!

  4. I love your post! I saw several ideas we have done in the past, but a handful of wonderful new ones to try. I wish I had seen the pasta while out shopping the other day. I already downloaded your rainbow. My daughter loves rainbows and will enjoy this activity. The light box is way cool!


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