Singing rhymes and songs is one of the easiest ways that you can help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to develop language skills. Adding in props can bring concepts that they may not know or understand can make it more fun and interactive for them. These DIY Shamrock Puppets go great with our St Patrick's Day Rhyme below and will work on counting with your little tots.
5 Little Shamrocks Rhyme Words
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For much of the world, St Patrick's Day has become a little bit of a fun celebration before Easter, however, there is a tale behind it and when you talk to your children about the day you can connect it further than just the party and the different symbols associated with it.
Growing up in the UK I remember hearing about St Patrick as a child, not as the parties but instead whilst learning about the United Kingdom and the different patron saints of each of the countries and the stories behind them.
One of the books that I would share in class when I became the teacher was St Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons.
It retells the story of how St. Patrick became a saint and of Ireland as well as some of the other tales about him.
Including my favourite - that he drove the snakes out of Ireland.
Like England has a national plant the Rose and Scotland the Thistle Ireland's national plant is the Shamrock.
Whilst you share tales and celebrate St Patrick's Day with your children here's a little rhyme to sing about the Shamrocks.
It includes some counting so not only supporting language development but also number sense.
One green shamrock, in the morning dew, Another one sprouted, and then there were two. Two green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree; Another one sprouted, and then there were three.' Three green shamrocks, by the cottage door; Another one sprouted, and then there were four. Four green shamrocks, near a beehive Another one sprouted, and then there were five. Five little shamrocks, bright and emerald green, Think of all the luck these shamrocks will bring.
Watch the song and sing along with the St Patrick's Day Rhyme below.
Whilst you sing along why not use your own props by making these little Shamrock Puppets that you can bring in as you sing through the verses.
Materials Needed to Make your St Patrick's Day Puppets
Scrap card for creating a template
Hot glue gun and mat
How to make your Shamrock Craft Foam Puppets
Start by creating a template for your 5 shamrocks on a piece of scrap card. I drew around a cookie cutter that I had in my collection, but you could print out a shape (mine is about 8cm from the stalk to the highest point).
Cut out your template.
Use the template to draw it on the craft foam 5 times.
With a craft knife cut out your 5 shamrocks.
Hot glue gun the shamrock to your craft stick.
With the hot glue gun add on 2 eyes.
Draw a mouth.
Repeat steps 5 to 7 for all 5 of your shamrocks.
On the craft sticks add the numbers 1 to 5.
Extend your rhyme further with this Shamrock Upper and Lowercase Letter Clip Cards to help support your preschoolers learn their alphabet.
Now use and sing along - don't forget that after St Patrick's Day to store them and bring them out again next year to sing along again.
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Looking for even more St Patrick's Day Ideas for Kids then check out this post of Over 40 Crafts, Recipes and Educational Projects for St Patrick's Day from 3 Boys and a Dog.