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St. Patrick’s Day Purposeful Play | Activities for Preschoolers

St. Patrick’s Day Purposeful Play | Activities for Preschoolers

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! We have put together some of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day play activities with all things green, rainbows, and of course gold coins!

Lucky Charms Oobleck

Coco loves messy play, so oobleck is a perfect fit for her to stay busy and engaged. She and her mama made a batch of oobleck (1 part cornstarch: 2 parts water) and then added some little lucky charms for her to seek and find. A simple visual helped Coco to sort and use one to one correspondence to count all of her treasures.  

She even got tricky and used her stereognosis skills! This is the ability to perceive an object through touch. Watch as she finds a unicorn. 

St. Patrick’s Hop Obstacle Course

You know we love an activity that gets kids moving! These adorable Leprechaun feet set in varying patterns helped Coco with graded muscle control, motor planning, and directed movements with lots of vestibular and proprioceptive input. We added some rainbow stepping stones for dynamic foot and ankle control. 

And the best part …there is always a treasure at the end of the rainbow

DIY Leprechaun Trap

Those little Leprechauns are awfully sneaky, but your little might just be able to catch one with their own trap! We love this activity to help kiddos with problem solving and construction skills.  Break out supplies from at home, such as boxes and popsicle sticks and start building. 

Our friend Chloe is a Leprechaun pro and knew that if she tempts them with gold or lucky charms she might just catch one. 

Rainbow Volcanos

“Look it’s a rainbow!” (Ben, age 2)

Charlie and Ben helped make a fizzy volcano reaction with frozen baking soda hearts and vinegar using this awesome dropper and beaker set from Learning Resources. There are so many variations of this activity and it is always a hit for visual attention, language, and fine motor skills to squeeze those droppers.

To make hearts we made a baking soda and water paste and added LOTS of food coloring. Then pressed into a heart mold and froze.

Easy Tear and Glue Rainbow

Grab some rainbow colored paper and getting busy tearing and gluing strips of paper to match the rainbow colors. Such a simple activity, but great for strengthening those finger muscles!

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Perform activities recommended by Walk, Talk, Play at your own risk with appropriate adult supervision provided. Walk, Talk, Play is not responsible for any injury caused while performing these play activities. 

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