Lucky Shamrocks

luckyshamrocks Make St. Patrick's Day a "greener" holiday with these eco-friendly lucky charms. They're perfect props for the catchy St. Patrick's Day rhyme included!

Goals:

  • To encourage creativity and build fine motor skills while recycling common household items
  • To help reinforce rote counting to 4
  • To provide an opportunity to practice rhythm and listening skills
  • To have fun singing as a group to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Before You Start: Have the children collect clean empty paper grocery bags and bring from home. (Teachers may want to provide some also.) Gather scissors, tape, Colorations® crayons and markers. Prepare bowls of BioColor®, Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paints or Washable Glitter Paint to add a sparkly touch to the project!

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Have or help children cut open empty shopping bags and lay them flat on desks or activity tables.

Step 2. Show the children how to draw a heart shape onto their bags if they do not already know how. Also, demonstrate how to draw a stem shape. Have them draw four hearts for each shamrock that they would like to make. (Size can vary to let the children be creative.)

Step 3. Help the children (as needed) cut out their hearts.

Step 4. Demonstrate to children how they can assemble their own shamrocks by laying the four hearts flat with the points touching each other.

Step 5. Recite the rhyme below as you demonstrate turning the hearts into a shamrock.

One Lucky Heart I have today, And with me my heart will stay. Add another for some fun, Two Lucky Hearts are better than one! Add another and now they’re three, So many Lucky Hearts just for me! What will happen if I add one more? Lucky Shamrocks, now I have four! Find your own Lucky Shamrock, you'll see It's four Lucky Hearts together, yipee!

Step 6. Tape or glue the hearts together to form the shamrock leaves. Tape a stem where the four points meet to make the finished shamrock.

Step 7. Have the children decorate their shamrocks any way they wish with the materials you've provided.

Furthermore: Children can display their shamrocks in the classroom or keep them as a holiday keepsake. Rote counting and recognizing the numeral symbol for each number does not mean the child has a thorough knowledge of numbers. To add depth to this activity, allow the children to count items, such as blocks or other manipulatives, and show they know how many items equal each number. For example, when talking about the number 5, have the children take a set of blocks and count five blocks. This will help to further reinforce the concept of numbers.

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