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Lucky Leprechaun

Lucky leprechaun


  • green paper shamrocks
  • footprint-shape sponge or rubber stamp


What to do

1. Say this poem during a transition at departure time. Repeat it until the children know it and can say it with you.

Lucky Leprechaun by Barbara Saul
Away in Ireland
Across the Sea
Lives a Wee Little Man
That no one can see.

He's a wee little man
He's not very big,
He does a dance called an Irish Jig.

He hides behind rainbows
And under a tree.
He'll grant your wishes
1, 2, 3!

But look very closely
Before he is gone,
For that wee little man
Is a leprechaun!

2. After you have done this and the children go home, use the sponge or stamp to make footprints all around the room. See if the children react the next day to the footprints.

3. Talk about how the leprechaun might have come to the classroom. Hide little shamrocks for everyone to find.


More to do

Music and Movement: Dance to Irish folk music.


-Barbara Saul, Eureka, CA

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Transition Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Transition
Content: The Arts: Poetry
Area: Language
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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