St Patrick’s Day makes the perfect time to explore rainbows and the color green while reading some whimsical St Patrick’s Day Books with your preschooler. My favorite green activities to do with preschoolers on St Patrick’s Day is to read Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham and then make green eggs and ham for us to eat! (Top it off by adding a drop of food coloring to a glass of milk, too)
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St. Patrick’s Day Books
The Luckiest Leprechaun is a cute story about friendship. In this tale, MacKenzie O’Shamrock lets his guard down enough to make friends with a dog. In the end, this lucky leprechaun learns that there are things even more important than gold.
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun is a classic St Patrick’s Day story. Tom catches a leprechaun who shows him where his pot of gold is buried in a field of plants. With all the plants in the field looking the same, Tom decides to tie a red garter around the little bush so he’ll be able to find it when he comes back with his spade. The leprechaun gives his word that he won’t remove the red ribbon (and leprechauns always keep their word). When Tom returns to start digging, sure enough, the red ribbon is still on the bush, but the leprechaun, as usual, managed to find a way to trick Tom.
In the story of The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day, Tim and Maureen set out playful traps to try and catch a Leprechaun. They end up catching one who tricks them similar to the way the leprechaun tricked Tom in, Clever Tom and the Leprechaun.
A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman
This is a story about a boy who tries to chase down a rainbow of his very own. After his rainbow adventure, he comes back home still imagining what it would be like to play with his own rainbow, only to find he has his very own rainbow in his room made by light shining through his fish bowl.
Note: A triangular prism would be a great addition to this story to show the connection between light and rainbows.
Green Eggs and Ham would make a nice addition to a St Patrick’s Day Book collection. Preschoolers love the rhyming text and watching Sam-I -Am, chasing his nameless friend around with his green eggs and ham. St Patrick’s Day makes the perfect opportunity for your little one to try green eggs and ham for themselves.
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