written by: Kathy Foust•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 3/2/2010
This is a fun activity that allows early elementary students to express their creativity and individuality! The Leprechaun Hat activity is an activity for the whole class, including the teacher. If you are looking for something fun and inexpensive for your students, this is the activity for you!
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Let's be leprechauns!
Children love to use their imagination. As adults, we often forget how extensive an active imagination can be! However, it is our job to encourage this in children. This is especially easy to do around the holidays that bring a certain sense of magic with them. This activity is designed to encourage students to use their imagination in conjunction with the celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
Inform your students of the existence of leprechauns. Explain what leprechauns are. As you explain what leprechauns are said to be, also explain the attire that is associated with leprechauns. Don't forget to include the hat! For this activity, you will need the materials listed below.
Scissors (Of course, use scissors that are age appropriate please!)
Glue and/or staples and a stapler.
Any other materials you think the students would be interested in using for this activity
Ask the students to think of themselves as a magical creature. Since it is St. Patrick's Day and the color we associate with St. Patrick's Day is green, encourage the students to think of magical creatures in terms of green. Inform students that the magical creature they create must wear some type of hat.
Students will use a piece of construction paper to make some type of hat. The simplest hat would be the hat made in the shape of a cone. To make this, simply roll the paper so that it makes the shape of a cone. Staple or glue the edges so that the paper stays in the desired form. Have the students decorate the hat so that it conveys the type of magical creature it belongs to. Have students wear the hat at your St. Patrick's Day party. It may even be used to hold treats that they receive at the party!
To take the activity one step further, have students try to guess what type of magical creature belongs to which hat!