This St. Patrick's Day lesson plan will begin by reading two of the books (any two) to the children as they sit in a circle. After reading make sure all of the children have plenty of white paper, crayons, markers, and pencils. Pass some of the stencils around and have the children draw and color a four-leaf clover. Once they are done take a minute or two to tell the children that the four leaves on the clover represent faith, hope, love, and luck.
Have the children draw and color a shamrock (three leaf clover) and as they are coloring take a minute to discuss that the shamrock is Ireland's national emblem.
Next, take one to two minutes to discuss the color green and its significance to Irish people. Let the children have some time to draw and color some green things that they often see in nature, such as grasshoppers, trees, and plants. Let the children know that the Irish find the color green to be connected to nature and hope.
Take the children on a short tour of Ireland. Show them a few places of interest on a map of Ireland. Discuss the colors on the Ireland flag and show them a picture of the flag.
Discuss the rainbow, its colors, the pot of gold, and how it stands for luck and hope. Place the picture of a rainbow in an area where all children can see it. Have them draw a rainbow and a pot of gold.
Read another book from the book list.