Are you looking for hands-on activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your elementary classroom? Look no further! We have it all from four-leaf clovers to leprechauns.
It’s time to embrace Irish culture and traditions and what better way to do that than with STEM activities? STEM activities are a fun way for kids to practice their problem-solving skills, critical thinking abilities, communication skills, and more.
Leprechaun Trap | STEM Activity
Leprechauns are often associated with St. Patrick’s Day, and what better way to catch one than with a leprechaun trap? This STEM activity involves designing and building a trap that can capture a leprechaun.
The trap can be made out of a variety of materials, such as cardboard, plastic cups, or wooden sticks. The key is to create a mechanism that will trigger the trap door to close once the leprechaun enters, without injuring or harming the creature. Students can experiment with different designs and test their traps to see if they are effective.
This activity can be adapted for different age groups and skill levels and can be a great way to encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. It also allows students to explore their creativity and imagination, as they come up with unique designs and decorations for their traps. Plus, who knows, you might just catch a leprechaun and find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Pot of Gold Density | STEM Activity
The idea of finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow is a common St. Patrick’s Day theme. But beyond the myth and the legend, this theme can also be a great way to introduce students to the concept of density in a fun and engaging way.
To begin the activity, students can use materials such as clay, aluminum foil, paper, or other small objects that they can use to create their pot of gold. Then the students can go outside and fill their pots of gold with different objects that they find and see how they affect the density of the pot. Students can try to make the pot as heavy as possible with the least number of objects.
As students experiment with different materials, they can observe how the mass and volume of the pot affect its density. This activity encourages creative problem-solving and logical thinking and reasoning.
St. Patrick’s Day Coding | STEM Activity
St. Patrick’s Day Coding is an activity that has it all, from four-leaf clovers and catching leprechauns to finding the pot of gold. It requires a KUBO Robot and downloading our latest cross-curricular activity and map. If you don’t own a KUBO Robot, you can still check out the activity as the first part of it is focusing on storytelling and fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day.
Begin the activity by talking about St. Patrick’s Day traditions. What do your students know about the holiday? Do they know how to catch a leprechaun and what would a robot do if they find a pot of gold?
Then move on to KUBO’s coding adventures. KUBO needs to collect 3 four-leaf clovers, to gather enough luck to be able to spot a leprechaun. Students need to program KUBO to collect the four-leaf clovers. Will they succeed and what will be the next step in KUBO’s adventure? Find out by downloading the activity from our Portal.
This activity teaches students about coding and helps them develop their problem-solving and computational thinking skills while learning more about Irish traditions.
In conclusion, St. Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity to introduce students to STEM activities that are both fun and educational. These activities encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity, while also teaching important concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math.