Sometimes it can be a challenge to find good read-alouds for St. Patty’s Day, so this time I decided to go with a combination St. Patrick’s Day/Green theme.
OPENING SONG: Mister Sun
THEME: Do you know why we are going to talk about the color green today? What holiday is coming up soon?
FLANNEL RHYME: Five Little Leprechauns
This rhyme and printable comes from Busy Little Bugs as a “Freebie Friday!”
Five little leprechauns, scurrying by my door.
One jumped away and then there were four.
Four little leprechauns climbing in my tree.
One hid in the green leaves and then there were three.
Three little leprechauns, just a busy few.
One went for a pot of gold, and then there were two.
Two little leprechauns, having lots of fun.
One hopped over the rainbow then there was one.
One little leprechaun with all his work done,
He slipped off for a nap, and then there were none.
SONG: St. Patrick’s Day Song
Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
If you’re wearing green today, dance a jig,
If you’re wearing green today, dance a jig,
If you’re wearing green today,
Dance a jig, then smile and say,
“Have a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day”
“If you’re wearing green today, clap your hands”….
“If you’re wearing green today, spin around”….
“If you’re wearing green today, shout “Hurray!””….
“If you’re wearing green today, stamp your feet”….
BOOK: Green: Seeing Green All Around Us by Sarah Schuette
As a lead in to this book, ask children “Can you think of some things that are green?” Then look at the pictures and talk about all of the different things that are green, including plants, traffic lights, and frogs. Very simple text and nice photographs to introduce the color green.
FINGERPLAY: 10 Plump Peas
As a lead in to this rhyme, talk about how peas are the color green.
10 plump peas in a peapod pressed (press two fists together)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (bring up one finger, two fingers, then all fingers)
They grew and grew an did not stop (slowly move hands apart)
Until one day the pod went POP! (clap hands!)
FLANNEL BOARD: Five Green Shamrocks
These cute shamrocks are another free printable from Busy Little Bugs! Use them for the rhyme, and afterwards you can talk about size. Ask, “Which one is the biggest? Which on is the smallest? Can you help me put them in order from largest to smallest?” You could also print out two sets (like I did in the picture) and use them as a matching activity.
Five green shamrocks growing outdoors
Mother picked one, and that left four.
Four green shamrocks, green as they can be.
Father picked one and that left three.
Three green shamrocks playing peek-a-boo
Sister picked one and that left two.
Two green shamrocks nodding in the sun,
Brother picked one, and that left one.
One green shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day fun.
I picked it, and that left none.
BOOK: Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting
Rabbit grows shamrocks in his yellow pot every year so that he can wear them in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. When his shamrocks disappear the night before, rabbit searches everywhere for them and finally finds them at Goat’s house….where the wind had blown them. Rabbit and Goat must come to a compromise – Rabbit wears the shamrocks in the parade and Goat wears the pot. The story is a bit random, but it’s silly and the illustrations are great!
ACTION SONG: On St. Patrick’s Day Song (mp3) by the Kiboomers
from the album Preschool St. Patrick’s Day Songs
Follow along to the actions and “stomp your feet and clap your hands” as you dance a jig! For toddlers, “I’m a Little Leprechaun” is fun action song from this album, to tune of “I’m a Little Teapot.”
BOOK 2: Where is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox
A nice read aloud for all ages. “Here is the red sheep… Here is the yellow sheep…. Here is the tall sheep…. But where is the green sheep?” Young ones will learn about colors and opposites. Also, a bilingual version is now available in board book format – Donde esta la oveja verde? Perfect for bilingual storytimes or for introducing a few Spanish words into your storytime!
Purchased from Oriental Trading
BOOK: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
This is a beautifully illustrated book celebrates the color green – fern green, forest green, lime green, wacky green, and more!
BOOK: Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling
This is basically a book version of a “ten little” counting rhyme. But the illustrations are pretty darn cute and “fiddle-de-fizz, ’tis magic, it is!” is a fun refrain to read out loud. This one will keep kids’ attention for sure.
BOOK: Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley
Bear and his friend Mouse go in search of a four-leaf clover. Good for toddlers and preschoolers.
ACTIVITY: Matching Alphabet Rainbows
I found this on Pinterest from Confessions of a Homeschooler and you can get the pdf here. But be forewarned, it’s not an easy site to download from and not one that I would normally link to. Use the small “view document” link in the middle of the page. Don’t click on the big “download” buttons or the “use utorrent to download” links!
After making this alphabet set, I found a rainbow shape & color matching freebie from Itsy Bitsy Fun called “Rainbow Shapes and Color Matching Puzzles.” They are cute, free, and easy to download!
MUSIC: Kid’s St. Patrick’s Day & Irish Songs by the St. Patrick’s Day Ensemble
There are a number of upbeat, instrumental songs on this album that would make great music to use at the beginning of storytime, to dance to with rainbow scarves, or to use as background music during an activity or craft.
SONG: This is a Very Green Song
Dance to this one! Have children and adults hold hands and turn in a circle, march around the room, skip around the room, etc. The majority of the words are “This is a very green, green, green, green green song” so everyone will be able to sing along. 🙂