St. Paddy's Footprints
go Irish for St. Patrick's Day! Slice
a soft dinner roll and stuff a little sliced corned beef in it. Add a little mustard
if the student likes it, and maybe a bit of sliced cheese. Then pour a few
drops of green food coloring into a clear glass of milk and stir.
Bright green copy
paper or construction paper
Photocopy the feet,
below, at a reduced size, 10-15 | Scissors
Scotch tape | little
child-safe, individually wrapped candies
Here's a great way to delight little
ones around St. Patrick's Day. Have older children plan and carry out this
funny surprise. Perhaps an after-school group could arrange secretly with a
preschool to set up this joke after the preschoolers have left for the day.
Then it will be waiting for them in the morning!
You also could put these feet up the
principal's door and surprise him or her on St. Patrick's Day.
First, print out the feet, below,
and reduce the size so that you can fit 10-15 pairs of feet on each page. Then
photocopy as many as you want on sheets of bright green copy paper.
Then have the students use scissors
to cut out little green footprints.
When you're ready, work with the
school janitor if you wish to get on a ladder, and tape little footprints to
the ceiling, starting at an air vent or other opening in the ceiling. Roll up a
little piece of tape into a circle and tape the footprint to the ceiling or
wall. The footprints could trail across the ceiling and down the wall, as if
leprechauns snuck into the room through the vent.
Or arrange them any other way you
think is fun - up and down a wall under a window, or magically appearing just
inside the door, etc.
As soon as you're finished with the
footprints, leave candies for the children to "find" at the spot where the
footprints "end," as if the leprechauns carried them into the room and then
left. Small children will be fascinated by the surprise!
And you will enjoy a bit of Irish
humor in tricking them. Remember, the Wearin' o' the Green is nothing without
the Kissin' o' the Blarney Stone!