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St. Patrick's Day: Mischief o' the Leprechaun

By Allie Magnuson on March 18, 2011
  • Grades: PreK–K

Yesterday, there was an incident in my classroom. My students and I walked in and found it torn apart. Furniture was tipped over; supplies were scattered everywhere; the whole place was a mess. And there were funny green footprints all over . . .

 

St. Patrick's Day and the Mischievous Leprechaun

It turned out that a leprechaun had paid a visit and played some naughty tricks on us. My students were as shocked and upset as I was, but they immediately set about picking up after the little green guy.

They righted the overturned chairs . . .

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

Put the scattered supplies away . . .

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

And scrubbed the floor and tables. Can you believe he even left green slime?

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

We were disgusted that he had used our toilets and hadn't flushed.

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK   

And we were miffed that he had written over our morning message with a pretty smug message of his own.

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

We saw that the dolls were looking out the window as if they had seen him, so we decided to go on a leprechaun hunt.

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

Sure enough, he had left a trail of leprechaun dust, as well as some green and gold rings, in his wake.

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

We followed it to where it ended at a big tree, and while we didn't find the leprechaun, we did find a pot of gold, necklaces, Lucky Charms, and green Pixy Stix.

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

The leprechaun had written us a note.

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK  St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

The kids were pleased with the gifts, so they dressed up and drew pictures of what they thought the leprechaun might have looked like.

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK
St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

We finished off our party by talking about the Emerald Isle, and wished each other "St. Patrick's Day blessings upon you!"

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So we had started off the day angry, but it turned out to be magical in the end!

   
St. Patrick's Day and the Green Classroom


On St. Patrick's Day, literally be "green" by adopting some eco-conscious practices, such as:

1. Wear something green. Not just the color green, but also organic or recycled.

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

 

 2. Plant something green.
In keeping with the holiday, try clover.

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK 3. Eat something green.
Something grown: vegetables, not Jell-O.

 

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

4. Reuse something green. If you saved candy from Christmas, it can be reused twice — red for Valentine's Day, green for St. Patrick's Day.
 

Green Heart 5. Earn a Green Heart. Learn how important trees are to the Earth by attending Root-A-Mentary School, taught by the Treetures. Activities include learning how to identify different trees and leaves, watching trees change with the season, learning about wildlife that depends on trees, planting and watering trees, planting flowers and mulch around trees, and reporting holes, decay, or cracked branches to a tree doctor.

Green Cup 6. Take the Green Cup Challenge. Improve your energy efficiency as a school. This event takes place in February each year, but you can start your greening efforts any time. Activities include eating by candlelight, putting on a "Trashin' Show" to spotlight recycled or reused clothes, putting on a climate rock concert, and having a light bulb swap.
   
Green Flag 7. Join the Green Flag Program. Improve the environmental impact of your school. Activities include learning about when something is a pest and when it is not, sending samples of products to a laboratory to test their toxicity, making an airborne junk detector, and making a mini landfill.

 

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK Is a leprechaun considered a pest? What's the safest way to get rid of one? Obviously not by trying to grab him, like I did. I only tore off part of his pants! Leprechauns can really run fast.

 

After our big leprechaun fiasco, we decided to try to catch one by building a leprechaun trap. It worked! A leprechaun climbed up the ladder and tried to steal the gold bait we laid out, but it fell through the trap in the top and landed in a cup of liquid gold. The attached hammer was pulled down by the weight of his fall and knocked the lid down on the cup, trapping him in. He melted and turned the liquid green. Take that, leprechaun!

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Do you ever have trouble with leprechauns in your classroom?

Have a lucky weekend!

~Allie

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK
 

 

Comments (12)

Hi Joy - I really do hope the kids remember the fun we had in kindergarten. The kids are still talking about the "leprechaun" and probably will be for a while. Thanks for reading and commenting. ~Allie

What a memory you have made. Your kids will remember this forever. Who knows, they might just do something similar when they have children of their own. Loved it!

Hi Lynsie - Ha ha I think you are right. What a fun day we had. Did you do anything fun in your class? Thanks for reading! ~Allie

Your leprechaun disguises almost worked! I bet if leprechauns weren't so smart and witty they would have thought 30 more leprechauns had joined them to help keep the gold safe. Great ideas! So fun!

Hi Cami, Yes - pinching is not ok! The trap took a lot of experimenting and it was tricky - just like catching him! You have to release a caught leprechaun in a field of clovers!! ha ha. Thanks for reading. ~Allie

Hi Brent ~ it was a really fun day. Did you do anything in your class? Thanks for reading. ~Allie

Oh how fun! All my kids did for St. Patrick's Day was get a lesson on not pinching each other! Ha Ha Ha! How in the world did you make and work the trap?!? That is just awesome!

That looks like a ton of fun! How great!

ABSC,

You're right - it was a wonderful day. We sure had a lot of fun. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I'm glad you liked my ideas!

~Allie

Aurora,

Yes, it was a blast! I'm sure your students would love it as much as mine did. I'll post early next year, whether on this site or somewhere else. I'm so glad you liked my ideas. Thanks for reading!

~Allie

it looks like a wonderful day and great ideas

This is such a fantastic event. I love all of your creative leprechaun high jinx. It looks like your kids had a blast. Thank you for all of the great ideas. I hope I remember this resource when planning for St. Patrick's Day next year. Maybe you could re-post it a couple of days before to help other teachers with some great ideas. Thanks!

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