I have very fond memories as a girl of spending hours in our yard hunting for four leaf clovers. Most clovers, of course, only have three leaves. But there was one stretch of time during my youth during which I found tons and tons of four leaf clovers. I was as happy as could be with all the “luck” I was finding.
With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I have been looking for St. Patrick’s Day activities for the kids to do. I thought back to those experiences from my youth and decided to take them on a shamrock hunt one recent afternoon.
Shamrocks, of course, are a type of clover. And shamrocks are also a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. I was struggling with how to introduce the concepts of St. Patrick’s and shamrocks until I happened upon a wonderful book at the library: St. Patrick’s Day by Anne Rockwell.
It can be difficult to find books that explain holidays and the significance of their traditions in an age appropriate manner for preschoolers and toddlers, but I thought this one did a pretty good job.
There was a lot to like about this book, but after our magic fizzing shamrocks activity, my kids were particularly fascinated by the shamrocks we found throughout the pages of the book. So after we finished reading the book, we decided to go on a shamrock hunt!
Since our backyard lawn is not exactly in tip top shape, we had plenty of clovers/shamrocks for the kids to find.
The kids found a patch of shamrocks and went to work picking a few.
How nice to have a little piece of Ireland in our own backyard. 🙂
More St. Patrick’s Day ideas for kids
More St. Patrick’s Day posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Books about St. Patrick’s Day
- Magic leprechaun rocks
- St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin
- Build a 3D rainbow
- Rainbow do-a-dot printable
- Magic fizzing shamrocks
- St. Patrick’s Day Printables Pack
- St. Patrick’s Day do-a-dot printables
- St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages