The St. Patrick’s Day game for preschoolers involves fishing in a Pot of Gold, counting the coins, and then buying small prizes. The St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Fishing Game is a fun game that teaches kids about counting, magnetism, and taking turns. It is a simple and easy game that you can assemble yourself with some basic arts and crafts supplies. Supplying small holiday-related prizes to go along with the St. Patrick’s Day game for preschoolers is optional.
Arts and Crafts Supplies for the St. Patrick’s Day Game for Preschoolers
Here are the pieces of the St. Patrick’s Day game for Preschoolers you need to make, and the arts and crafts supplies need to make them.
The Magic Fishing Pole
one long, thin craft stick – Note: if you are doing this game with a group of children, you can make more than one magic fishing pole. Split the preschoolers up into groups of three, with one magic fishing pole per station. The preschoolers will still need to take turns.
one large disc craft magnet
one long piece of green yarn
gold paint or gold tissue paper or glitter glue (optional)
star stickers (optional)
Paint the long craft stick gold, or coat with glitter glue. This step is completely optional. The plain natural wood color of the craft stick will work too.
Another option for decorating the Magic Fishing Pole is to use simple star stickers. Again, this is optional.
Use duct tape to attach the piece if green thread to the end of the pole. (Unless you found a craft stick with a hole in the end).
Then tie the disc magnet to the other end of the green yard. Now you ahve your Magic Fishing Pole for this St. Patrick’s Day game.
Make the The Pot of Gold for the St. Patrick’s Day Game
Find a round, wide container that you can use to become the pot of gold. There are many items that you can use for the Pot of Gold. You can use a large, plastic mixing bowl. Or dig out an orange or black candy bowl or plastic cauldron from Halloween.
You could also cut the top half of a gallon milk container off, as long as you sand the rough edge or cover it with paper.
Cover the container with green tissue paper. Or decorate it with green construction paper.
Include the words “Pot of Gold” on the container.
Making the Coins for the St. Patrick’s Day Game for Preschoolers
The St. Patrick’s Day Coins can be made from construction paper. Use the bottom of a water bottle or other wide circular item to trace circles on a piece of yellow construction paper. You can make the coins different colors if you want. Make about 20 circles.
Note: Depending on how big your Pot of Gold is, and how many children will be playing this St. Patrick’s Day Craft you may want to make coins.
Tip: Preschoolers can decorate the circles to look like coins.
Attach a paperclip to each coin.
St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Counting Game for Preschoolers
Place the coins in the Pot of Gold. Use a large piece of paper to make a rainbow and place on the floor.
Let preschoolers go fishing for coins in the Pot of Gold. Each one takes turns.
Tip: If the preschoolers are having trouble attaching the coins to the magnet, add more paperclips to each paper coin.
At the end of the St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Counting Game have the preschoolers count how many coins they each have.
Set up a “prize” table with St. Patrick’s Day related prizes including green crayons, cupcakes with green frosting, green Play-Doh and other inexpensive and fun items. Let the preschoolers “purchase” the prizes with their coins.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!