I have always loved creating FUN preschool packs for my daughter when I was homeschooling my older boys. My daughter, the youngest of 6, would get so excited about doing school with her big brothers. It made educating and learning fun for everyone. I am sharing with my subscribers this St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Pack full of fun activities and worksheets for their young learners. This free printable pack is designed for children from toddlers to kindergarten.
This St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Pack includes fun ways for children to work on:
- Handwriting practice
- Smaller and larger
- I can write my name
- And more
Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a feast day celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Irish people the world over celebrate this day on March 17 with feasts, parades, religious services, and parties.
Saint Patrick was born in the late 4th century in Roman Britain. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave. After his escape from slavery, he returned to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity, during which time he established schools, churches, and monasteries.
Legends say that Saint Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland and that he used the shamrock, a three leaf clover, to explain the Holy Trinity. There is no proof, though, that he actually drove the snakes out of Ireland.
Emigrants to the United States revised the holiday into a secular holiday of revelry and all things Irish. Boston, Massachusetts, held the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737 with the second parade held in New York City in 1762. In 1962, Chicago started adding green dye to the river in celebration of the day.
As a small bit of trivia about St. Patrick, the color blue is the traditional color associated with the saint. However, at some point in time, green became the color associated with the holiday by Irish and non-Irish, alike, wearing green and a shamrock, the national plant of Ireland, on the lapel.
St. Patrick’s Day Traditions
As a true Irish lass, I absolutely love St. Patrick’s Day. Each year, my family celebrates by decorating the house in shamrocks, rainbows, and leprechauns; and we make sure to wear our green. And, of course, as my husband won’t have it any other way, we make the traditional corned beef and cabbage for dinner. My husband actually prefers this to the Thanksgiving turkey.
When my kids were younger, we would also to set up a leprechaun trap to try and catch a leprechaun so that we could get his pot of gold coin.
Other traditions include revelers shouting “Kiss Me I’m Irish!” as they celebrate the day.
You may also hear the phrase “Erin go bragh”, which means “Ireland til the end of time”. This quote was first noted as being said during the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
Around this time of year, we also hear about people wanting to kiss the Blarney Stone. Why? And, what is the Blarney Stone, anyway?
The Blarney Stone is a stone found in the battlements of Blarney Castle in Blarney, Ireland. Legend has it that when someone kisses the stone, they are given the “gift of gab” or flattery. The term blarney has come to mean “flattery sweetened by humor”.
Millions of people have traveled to Blarney Castle with the intent of kissing the Blarney Stone. Just kissing the stone, though, is not an easy task. The visitor must ascend to the castle’s peak, then lean over backward on the parapet’s edge to kiss the stone. This can be performed with the support of wrought iron handrails to keep the guest from falling over.
St Patricks Day Preschool Printable Pack
It is never too early to start teaching your children to hold a pencil and write. The topics covered in this free printable pack include activities to help kids develop their hand and finger muscles as they learn to write. One of the best ways to teach this muscle memory is to teach your children to trace lines and letters. There are different activity pages in this packet for children to help work on these handwriting skills.
I have also included activities that work on visualization (size sequencing), pattern recognition, math and counting, number mazes, and puzzles. I promise that your children will love these activities.
These activities will also make a great addition to a kindergarten classroom where children are often first introduced to these topics. Be sure to download the activities packet and added to your lesson plans for small group activities or literacy centers for students to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day.
Here are some other fun activities packets for Preschoolers and kindergarteners:
- All About the Zoo Preschool Printable Packet
- Ice Cream Preschool Pack
- Ocean Themed Alphabet Writing Sheets
- Color the Sound Lower Case Letter Recognition Pack
As with many of my printables, I suggest that you print the activity pages on white card stock and laminate the pages for durability so that your children can re-use them without your having to print out multiple copies. With the laminated pages, your child can use dry erase markers to practice their handwriting skills. Just a small money-saving tip, as we all look for ways to cut costs.
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