For preschool and primary school classes, the legends of St Patrick’s Day are a lot of fun. Tales about leprechauns, lucky clover, and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow are thrilling for small children. Make a plant pot that features clover or shamrocks and “gold.” Incorporate this craft into classroom units about St Patrick’s Day, fairy tale creatures, clover and shamrocks, rainbows, luck, the colors green and gold, and money.
Materials Required for A St Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold and Clover
To help preschool and primary school children create this lucky St Patrick’s Day craft, gather the following materials:
- A pot for each child. This could be an old, chipped bowl from the thrift store, a terracotta pot, or any kind of paintable container. It is best to avoid plastic unless the children will not be painting the pot, since plastic can be hard to paint.
- Paint brushes.
- Nontoxic gold or black paint, if desired.
- Gold sequins or glitter.
- A handful of gravel for each child.
- Popsicle sticks to move rocks in the glue.
- Parchment paper or other non-stick surface on which to dry rocks.
- Potting soil.
- Clover. This is usually easy to find in the garden, since it is a common garden weed.
- A spray bottle.
How to Make the St Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold and Clover
First, create the pot. If desired, paint the pot as a cauldron in black, or paint it gold. Then, gather the rocks. Have the children dip the rocks in glue and sprinkle them with gold sequins or glitter. Dry the rocks overnight on the parchment paper or another non-stick surface. In the morning, the rocks will look like pieces of “gold”!
The next day, place potting soil in the pot. Plant the lucky clover or “shamrock” in the middle of the pot. Place the glittery rocks around the clover. If desired, the children can make a little sign for the pot that says “A Pot of Luck for You.” They can also add other flowers, a small leprechaun or a rainbow as accessories.
Use the St Patrick’s Day Pot of Luck to Complement a Preschool or Primary School Reading Unit
For classes who are embarking on an entire unit of St Patrick’s Day fun, connect the pot of luck with these St Patrick’s Day picture books. In Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato (Putnam Juvenile, 1997), Tomie dePaola plays on the fairy tale themes of the giant vegetable, with the addition of a St Patrick’s Day leprechaun. A class who is planting shamrocks to add to a unit on plants will find this to be a good addition to the curriculum. Edna Barth’s Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St Patrick’s Day Symbols (Clarion, 1977) is an excellent introduction to a unit on the lucky symbols of St Patrick’s Day.
This pot of luck makes a perfect early spring gift for a child to give to a friend, a parent, or a grandparent. It is also an excellent addition to a unit on luck, fairy tales, and legends.