These Saint Patrick’s Day literacy centers are filled with fun, hands on activities to help your students build their literacy skills! The skills covered include letter identification, letter formation, ABC order, beginning sounds, rhyming, syllables, sight words and CVC words. These activities are designed for children in Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten.
Preparation – Begin by printing and laminating the resources for added durability. Then grab some zip lock bags and store the center pieces inside. After that you’ll need to get some magnetic letters, bingo daubers and writing pencils.
How to Play – Start by reading the instruction card and collecting the materials you’ll need. Then model to the kids what they need to do.
How to Make Leprechaun Rice
Many of the activities in this pack are fun to use with a sensory bin filled with leprechaun rice. If you don’t have a sensory bin as yet, I’ve actually found cat litter trays to be really useful – just make sure they’re new!
Preparation – Grab some rice, white vinegar, food coloring and a large zip lock bag.
How To – First put a few cups of rice into a large zip lock bag. Then add a few drops of food coloring and a small splash of white vinegar. Next seal the bag and give it a shake until all of the rice has changed color. Finally empty the rice into a sensory bin and allow it to dry out.
Syllables & Rhyming Activities
These include some hands on sorting activities and an extension worksheet. With the rhyming activity, I recommend laying out one pot and three coins at a time. For example, lay out the pot with the picture of the bat. Then ask “What rhymes with bat? Bat, zip? Bat, tub? Or bat, cat? Limiting the answer options and hearing the repetition of the word helps kids to identify the rhyming word.
CVC & Sight Words Activities
The CVC Word Train center is great for teaching kids how to sound out (segment) CVC words.
How to Play– Begin by putting a picture card on the CVC word train mat. Next say the word and sound it out. For example, bus /b/ /u/ /s/. After that spell the word on the train with magnetic letters and then write it on the recording worksheet.
The sight words mat and sensory bin is a fun way for kids to learn about Pre-Primer and Primer sight words.
Tip – Dry erasable pocket sleeves work really well with this activity. I find them SO much easier to wipe clean versus a laminated page. I found mine online from eBay, but I’ve seen them in office supply stores too.
How to Play – Choose four words from the sensory bin and place them on the sight word mat. First read the word, second build the word with magnetic letters and finally write the word with an erasable marker. The kids can also write the sight words on the recording worksheet.
I hope your students have a wonderful time learning about Saint Patrick’s Day!
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