With toddlers, pretty much every day is a party filled with activities–okay, maybe not a party. But it is absolutely true that toddlers love fun activities to keep them busy and engaged with the world around them. And what better way to do that than with themed St Patrick’s Day activities?
Coming up with new activities can be a challenge for most of us. However, it’s also a lot of fun to do themed activities with your toddler.
To make it simpler for you, here are six St Patrick’s Day themed activities that you can download and do with your toddler. All are easy to set up, easy to do, and easy to clean up–just the way we like it!
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St. Patrick’s Day Activities For Toddlers
Before we get started with the activities, let me note my new toddler activity pack, Busy Bee Learning, is launching on March 19th! These six activities are a themed section of the activity pack. But, you can get an early sneak peak with this mini pack and enjoy the St Patrick’s Day themed activities–all for free!
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
The first activity in this St Patrick’s Day themed pack is a scavenger hunt. The hunt contains eight objects for your toddler to find, from coins to horseshoes to hats.
The scavenger hunt is a great way to encourage your toddler to get creative while looking for the items. Maybe some are actual physical objects, and others are images or stickers. The potentials are pretty limitless.
Learning shades of colors is also another great learning opportunity for this activity. After all, not all things that are green are the same shade. To maximize the learning potential of this simple activity, have your toddler identify the color green on different objects, even if it’s a different shade of the color.
This activity can be done anywhere that is well decorated for St Patrick’s Day. That means you could potentially do it in your house, at a community event, or perhaps just around town. Try to pick a place that is specifically decorated for the event.
If you’re looking for activities to help with shapes, the Leprechaun Match is a great activity for that! In this activity, have your toddler glue cut out shapes to the matching ones on the picture page. The images on the shapes will complete the picture.
The St Patrick’s Day themed images on the shape turn shape learning activities into holiday fun. The best way to get the most out of this activity is to have your toddler tell you what each shape is, both before and after gluing it to the picture.
Additionally, if your toddler is ready to begin practicing with scissors, have your toddler help you cut out the shapes beforehand. I know, having toddlers handle scissors can be scary and nerve racking. But, it is a skill that they will need to learn at some point. Definitely help them by guiding their hand until they get the hang of it, and always talk to them about scissor safety.
Leprechaun Sensory Bin
Sensory bins have so many learning benefits for toddlers. And what better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than with themed sensory bin activities!
For this sensory bin, color rice green or shades of green and add it to your bin–you’ll need enough rice to fill the bin about 2 inches from the bottom. You’ll also need plastic gold coins, which you can get from the dollar store or Amazon.
Sensory bins are a great time to practice some supervised, semi-independent play. Of course, you can also take advantage of this time to talk to your toddler about different smells, sounds, shapes, and colors your child may be experiencing with the bin.
Counting is an important skill for toddlers to learn. In the Leprechaun Count activity, have your toddler find all the leprechauns and mark them with the cut out coins.
Each coin is conveniently numbered, so that you can also have your toddler count all the leprechauns after they are found. Or, have your toddler count them as he finds them.
Bonus: your toddler can help you cut out the coins if he is ready for some practice cutting with scissors. Motor skills such as scissor work can be scary, but far easier if you slowly work it in with creative activities such as this one.
The cut out coins included in this activity can also be used independently. Count them with your toddler, or hide them around the room and have your toddler find them.
Lucky Shoe Trace
Does your toddler like to color? If so, he’ll probably like this activity! In the Lucky Shoe Trace, have your toddler start by connecting the dots inside the horseshoe. If your toddler is older or more capable, you can try having him draw a line inside the horseshoe, following it’s shape. And finally, have him trace the outside of the horseshoe.
Tracing shapes and objects is fantastic practice for fine motor skills. Not only that, but it also helps toddlers learn how to smoothly make the motions necessary to learn to write later on.
Of course, if your toddler isn’t quite ready to work on tracing yet, it’s perfectly okay to let him color the horseshoes instead. For this activity, practice staying inside the lines. Be sure to have your toddler work on holding the crayon as if it were a pencil. Remember, holding a pencil correctly is important for good writing skills later!
If your toddler likes to paint, than this might be the one of the best St Patrick’s Day activities for him! This activity is designed to have your toddler paint each arch of the rainbow individually. Ultimately, this again mimics the tracing motions needed to eventually learn to write.
Painting also gives your toddler the opportunity for more sensory exposure, as well as learning more about colors. You can do this activity with finger paint or with brushes if you’d prefer. Or, if you’d rather not bring out the paint, you can always do this activity with crayons instead.
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What’s Your Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Activities?
I’d love to hear what your toddler’s favorite St Patrick’s Day activities are! Share them with me in the comments below, and don’t forget to grab your free mini activity pack!