The Leprechaun Says
This game is very similar to the traditional Simon Says version. You or one of the children becomes the "leprechaun." Say, "The leprechaun says to hop on one foot." The children must hop on one foot. Then say, "Stop" Children must keep hopping on one foot until you say, "The Leprechaun says stop." Repeat with other commands such as take one baby step forward, step backwards, turn around, or sit down. Sometimes the leprechaun will say, "The leprechaun says... " and sometimes he won't. This game helps young children develop their listening skills.
Cut out many gold paper circles, and write or draw simple directions on each. Hide the coins around the room, prior to the beginning of school or during naptime. Make a leprechaun's pot by folding the top of a brown grocery bag and stapling a paper strip to each side for a handle, so it resembles a large pot.
Turn the children loose for a treasure hunt and set a limit on how many coins they can find. Then after they have found theirs, the children can help others (those wanting help) to find gold coins. Everyone drops his/her coins inside "the pot."
At circle time, pull out and read the coins and have the children act out the directions on them. For example coins may say, "Turn around three times and sit down." "Clap your hands twice and shake your neighbor's hand." "Wave your hands and jump up and down three times."