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.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

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.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

Looking for more ideas for St Patrick’s day with your toddlers why not check out these activities, books and crafts to find more inspiration to have fun together.

Materials Needed to Make your St Patrick’s Day Puppets

Green craft foam

Scissors

Scrap card for creating a template

Googly eyes

Fine Marker

5 Large craft sticks

Craft knife and self-healing mat

Hot glue gun and mat

Pencil

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

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).

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

Cut out your template.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

Use the template to draw it on the craft foam 5 times.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

With a craft knife cut out your 5 shamrocks.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

Hot glue gun the shamrock to your craft stick.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

With the hot glue gun add on 2 eyes.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

Draw a mouth.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

Repeat steps 5 to 7 for all 5 of your shamrocks.

On the craft sticks add the numbers 1 to 5.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

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.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.

More Craft Foam Puppets for Rhymes and Songs

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Get creative and make these 5 little monkey puppets to use when singing the popular children's rhyme Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Template to create these easy craft foam puppets included to download.
Create your own puppets to use in circle time or with your child for the popular children's rhyme Five Little Speckled Frogs. These easy to make puppets are perfect for playing with and helping your child recognise numbers and count aloud as they sing the rhyme.

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.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this fun children's rhyme to sing with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To support the rhyme create these really easy craft foam shamrock puppets as props to use whilst you sing along.
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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