This Friday is St Patrick’s Day, and there’ll be a sea of green in Dublin (Ireland), NYC and in many cities around the world. It’s a day that people everywhere can feel a little bit Irish if they want to! And because it’s an Irish celebration, St Patrick’s Day is filled with images of green shamrocks, leprechauns and St Patrick.
Why Leprechauns? Well, Leprechauns have been part of Irish folklore for over 1,000 years, so it’s not surprising that they are associated with this day. These little fairy folk, no bigger that a small child, are solitary creatures who are rarely seen. They can grant you 3 wishes if you’re lucky enough to catch them, but are so tricky that there aren’t many stories of people who succeeded! In fact, they’re quite grumpy and will use their magic on you, if you try to trick them. Leprechauns are also hoarders and hide their gold away in a pot of gold.
Do you know where they get their gold from? They are shoemakers, and they earn their gold from repairing shoes!
So for St Patrick’s Day, why not use the day as a chance to get your students talking about the things in their lives that they feel lucky to have. This ‘I am lucky’ activity has a leprechaun’s pot, that your students can fill with gold coins, and on each coin they can write a reason that they are lucky. Your students don’t need to catch a leprechaun on St Patrick’s day to feel lucky, they can fill their own pot of luck for the day!
If you want to learn more about Leprechauns, or get ideas for great books to read to your kids for St Patrick’s Day, hop over to my blog to find out more!
Have fun and fill your day with luck this St Patrick’s Day!