St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Not only that, it’s also on a Friday this year, which makes it even better!
Since it’s an end of week “holiday” you may want to take it easy on yourself and your students. Some fun ideas might include planning a party, or encouraging everyone to wear green. However, one of the best ways to keep yourself sane going into St. Pat’s weekend is giving your class some projects to work on in class. Here’s a short list of St. Paddy’s projects to help your class get their Irish up, and keep your Friday fun and light.
It’s All in the Bag
The paper bag puppet is a classroom craft tradition that has been around for years. While it could be used for a vast majority of holidays, with St. Patrick’s Day, there’s a variety of ways you can go with this project. Whether it’s the beard, or the face, or how you choose to “dress” the bag, these Leprechaun puppets will showcase a ton of personality once your students are done with them. Make sure you listen in on conversations between puppets, too, for amusing anecdotes!
Step Up to the (Gold) Plate
A warning before you decide to take on this project-paper plates aren’t cheap, but they sell them in plentiful supply at the dollar store, so save your gold so your students can “make” some of their own. In any case, the “pot at the end of the rainbow” is a statement that is visually amazing, so putting it into a craft will no doubt leave your students with smiles on their faces. Just make sure you have plenty of scissors and paint (or crayons/markers/colored pencils to make it easier) in order to pull this off.
This craft may not make it through the day, but oh well, it’s the thought that counts! Now don’t let the phrase “toddler” in the link put you off-the necklace detailed here may be a quick craft, but it’s undeniably fun and students will have a blast having this variation of a candy necklace. Plus, it’ll be great to nibble on during a thematic party that you may be having. All in all, it’s a winner!
Binoc and Roll
Be on the lookout for construction paper and empty toilet paper rolls! This craft will keep the young ones busy, whether they are hard at work putting it together or scoping the room for gold! Just be wary of students wandering around, bumping into each other…or, here’s a better idea; if the weather is halfway decent, take your kids outside for a gold hunt!
This is simple, but sentimental. Students can detail the greatest elements of their life in this St. Paddy’s craft, and it is sure to make their loved ones feel very happy and important. It would also serve as a fantastic bulletin board decoration. Not only that, but it will definitely be a refrigerator decoration at some point, and cherished for quite some time.
Whatever you decide, may luck be on your side and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Logan J. Fowler is a teacher’s assistant at Eden Autism in Princeton, and is also a contributing writer for Pop-Break.com, Rush Order Tees, and Binge Media.