St. Patrick's Day Writing & Literacy Activities

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St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching and if you're in need of exciting writing and literacy center activities, we found some great ideas at Little Giraffes Teaching Ideas! You'll have to visit the original post for a full list, but here are a few of our favorites!

Leprechaun Colors

In this activity, students are invited to draw a picture of themselves as a leprechaun. Encourage your preschoolers to be creative and experiment with color {i.e. use more than just green}. Once their drawings are complete, students will then write a description of their leprechaun-selves using color words. For example: "Mary Ann is a leprechaun! She is wearing a gold hat, green coat, orange pants, and gold shoes."

[NOTE: You might consider having students decorate a coloring page, but the apparel described would likely change  - i.e. include things like scarves, vests, etc.]

Color Words

Create an interactive emergent reader for students to practice color word recognition. Here's an example of the first couple pages {we used a black and white clip art image from the web and word processing software to create these mock pages}:leprechaun color word interactive emergent reader preschool literacy center activityOn each page, have students color the corresponding part of the leprechaun with the color described and, at the end, provide a leprechaun coloring page inviting students to compile the directions and create a full color image of the leprechaun.

Leprechaun Traps

After reading Jana Dillon’s Lucky ‘O Leprechaun, invite students to write or dictate the steps involved in catching a leprechaun. Consider using this cute worksheet from Rachelle at What the Teacher Wants! where students can write and illustrate their stories.

how to catch a leprechaun preschool printable
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These are just a few of the St. Patrick's Day writing and literacy center activities we found at Little Giraffes. Be sure to check out the full post for other fantastic ideas!