Whether you are Irish or not, the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day can be a great time to learn about and celebrate Irish culture! There are many things that children may find interesting about this small but proud part of the world. One famous bit of Irish lore that your children may already know is the myth that behind every rainbow lies a pot of gold! This free, printable St. Patrick’s Day Play Dough Mat incorporates that particular piece of lore and gives you a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day through playtime!
In addition to facilitating a fun St. Patrick’s day activity, this play dough mat inspires a lot of creativity! Children will enjoy making coins to fill the treasure pot, creating birds and clovers, and filling in the colors of the rainbow with play dough. Bonus: if your children haven’t learned about ROY G. BIV (the color order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet), then this activity would also be a great tool to teach about the color spectrum!
While it’s not necessary to laminate this printable in order to enjoy it, you will probably want to do so if you plan to use it more than once. Or you can print multiple copies.
We hope you and your children have a lot of fun creating a story to go with this printable! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
May you have all the happiness
And luck that life can hold
– And at the end of your rainbows
May you find a pot of gold.
~ Old Irish Blessing