Any holiday is a reason to celebrate, even St. Patrick’s Day! I like to integrate this theme into the content areas, as a surefire way to maximize engagement while we review and practice skills. Even though this year might look a little different, we can still make St. Patrick’s Day a memorable (and learning-filled) celebration with these virtual St. Patrick’s Day activities!
Before St. Patrick’s Day, send your students an invite asking them to don their favorite St. Patrick’s Day attire. This might be a lucky shirt, shamrock headband, leprechaun beard, or simply something green. Whatever they decide to wear, it will certainly help set the mood for a fun-filled day!
Capture the Leprechaun Digital Escape
Typically, the naughty little leprechaun visits our classroom and causes all sorts of mischief on St. Patrick’s Day. We work in groups to build leprechaun traps, so that we can try to catch the leprechaun. With social distancing and a mix of virtual, in-person and hybrid learning, we’re going to have to get clever as we try to trap the leprechaun!
Why not complete a digital “Capture the Leprechaun” escape room during your virtual St. Patrick’s Day?!
After they complete a challenge, they will move further along the treasure map. Once they have completed all eight challenges, they will capture the leprechaun and find his pot of gold!
Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
A virtual St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt is another great way to review math and literacy skills. Challenge them to find something around their home that meets a certain condition… i.e. something shaped like a gold coin. Plus, a scavenger hunt helps keep them engaged as they are up and moving.
Virtual I Spy
Virtual “I Spy” can be played while your students have their cameras turned on or off. If their cameras are turned on, you can describe a student. If their cameras are turned off, you can describe something in the background of your frame. Choose volunteers to guess what you spy, or have students be “the spy.”
Virtual Guess Who
Virtual “Guess Who,” very similar to “I Spy,” is a great way to build oral language and deductive reasoning. Secretly choose a St. Patrick’s Day character on the gameboard. Have the students ask yes/no questions. Learning how to ask questions is such a difficult, but important, skill for our little learners. Remove the characters that do not belong until the secret character has been revealed.
Get your students up and moving during your virtual St. Patrick’s Day with a good old fashioned game of “Charades!” Simply send your students an action using the private chat box on your video conferencing program. The rest of the class will try to guess the action. Once they have guessed correctly, the entire class can complete that motion.
Promote good listening skills and keep everyone moving in between activities with a virtual game of “Leprechaun Says!” This is also a great way to weave some gross motor activities into your virtual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Dance Party
A virtual St. Patrick’s Day dance party is another excellent brain break option. Easily turn your dance party into a virtual St. Patrick’s Day sing along with these favorites:
- “Baby Shark St. Patrick’s Day” by The Learning Station
- “I’m a Little Leprechaun” by The Kiboomers
- “Boom Chicka Boom St. Patrick’s Day” by The Learning Station
- “Shamrock Shake” by Koo Koo Kanga Roo
- “G-R-E-E-N St. Patrick’s Day” by The Kiboomers
Leprechaun Cam Mystery Photos
Pique your little learners’ interest with a few mystery photos from the “Leprechaun Cam!” Show the students a zoomed-in portion of a larger picture, and have them try to guess the picture based on this small glimpse. If they need a little help, you can provide a few clues.
St. Patrick’s Day Directed Drawing
Directed drawings are one of my favorite holiday activities! One… because they require no prep, and two… the students just need a paper and pencil. Model the steps on a pieces of chart paper, or share your screen to display each step. Have the students color their picture after the live meeting.
Virtual Read Aloud
Kick off your virtual St. Patrick’s Day with a festive read aloud! If you have a hard copy of the book, you can read it aloud during your live session. Otherwise, you can search for a virtual read aloud on YouTube, Epic or Vooks. Here’s a peek at a few of my favorite books for St. Patrick’s Day:
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover
- Ten Lucky Leprechauns
- How to Catch a Leprechaun
- Pete the Cat and the Great Leprechaun Chase
Tricky Leprechaun CVC Word Building Game
That tricky leprechaun hid something inside each pot of gold! Then, he mixed up all of the letters! Figure out what’s inside each pot by dragging the letters into the correct order to build each word.
More St. Patrick’s Day Activities
Hopefully, these virtual St. Patrick’s Day activities help keep your kiddos engaged and learning on St. Patrick’s Day!
If you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the classroom, your students might also enjoy these other engaging math and literacy activities! Plus, grab the free subtraction printable to use with the story “Ten Lucky Leprechauns.”
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