To get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I taught my preschooler about leprechauns and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. That afternoon, when Maggie finished quiet time, she found tiny, green, leprechaun footprints leading from the door of her room.
The green footprints led her on a leprechaun hunt around the house, under a chair, even under the couch, then disappeared under a pillow where she found a pot of gold.
I used the yellow checkers from a Connect 4 game as the gold and a black measuring cup as the pot. I also hid a Cadbury eclair (in a gold foil wrapper) among the coins. As you can see, she was very excited when she discovered it!
Perhaps the leprechauns will make another quiet time visit for St. Patrick's Day!
I cut my leprechaun footprints out of green construction paper, but Somewhat Simple has a cute tutorial for making leprechaun footprints using green ink and a kid's fist.
Find more St. Patrick's Day Crafts, Recipes, and Activities, and see what else we used the Connect 4 checkers for.
Happy Home Fairy says
This is such a magical idea! My Happy Buddy and I tried to catch a leprechaun the other day using our Magic Leprechaun Finder! You can read about it here – http://happyhomefairy.com/2011/02/24/magic-leprechaun-finder/
You are a magical mama!
i am looking for a st. pattys day thing i can do for my four year and something i can also do for my eight year old with out spoiling the magic for the older one but something so they both get excited. any advice??