Skip to main content

Lucky Bank: St. Patrick's Day Games for Kids




I picked up these green St. Patrick's Day coins on clearance a few years ago, and each year the boys LOVE playing with them. But you could also use any kind of coins--even pennies (if your kids are old enough not to eat them, that is!)--and do many different kinds of activities anytime of the year!

Prep Work:
  • Use any kind of canister you have on hand: oatmeal, yogurt, formula, etc. Mine is a peanut canister. Take off the label.


  • Cut a slit in the lid with a knife, then cut it into a hole with a pair of scissors:



  • Get a white piece of paper and measure how tall and long it needs to be to fit around your canister. Cut it, then write whatever you want on the front. I wrote "Lucky Bank" for St. Patrick's Day.



Here are several ways you can play!

  • COIN HUNT! Lay all the coins out on the floor and any surfaces your child can see. Then let them search for the coins and gather them up in their bank. After they've got them all, you can have them practice counting them!
  • COIN TRAIL! Make a trail of the coins from one place in your house to another. At the end of the trail you can have a surprise, or just have them sit down and count their coins!
  • BEHAVIOR BANK! Use this bank as an incentive during the month of March to behave. Anytime you see them doing something good, put a coin into their bank. On St. Patrick's Day, have them pull out their coins and they can "buy" a special prize from you.
  • STORE! Just hand them the coins and the bank and let them play "store." (We did this last year, (St. Patrick's Day Store Post) and this year the boys have loved playing it again!)
  • COIN COUNTING! Have them practice counting the coins as they place them into their bank.



We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Crafts & Activities for BOYS!

It can sometimes be tricky to find crafts and learning activities that will capture a little boy's attention span. Believe me, I know! I have 3 little boys and so many of our crafts and activities are along themes of things that little boys often love! Cars, Trucks, Planes, Bugs, Dinosaurs, Legos, Sports, Animals, Space, etc. So here is our collection of tried and true crafts and activities for boys! 
(P.S. And don't worry, I also have 2 little girls, and can verify that each of these are also 100% girl approved too!)




And if you are wondering where to get SUPPLIES for these crafts and activities, check out this post! You can get pretty much anything you need to make these crafts and activities and more all on Amazon. Like Craft foam, Construction paper, Paint, and so much more.

Click on a picture to see that post. Or click HERE to see all of these posts.









Build a Dinosaur!

Our recent theme for Preschool@Home was DINOSAURS! This is a great (and super easy) activity for helping kids learn and recognize shapes
(This game is also a great way for preschoolers to learn!) 
This Dinosaur building activity uses craft foam, which means it can be used over and over again! And the possibilities are truly endless.
Or use some glue on the shapes and it could also become a one-of-a-kind dinosaur craft! No matter how you use it, this simple dinosaur activity will produce some very unique prehistoric creatures!

Supplies: Green craft-foam (The foam is perfect because it is very durable for little hands. Check out this huge pack of craft foam for a great price on Amazon! Scissors

Prep Work:

Using the craft foam, cut out the following shapes:  1 big half-circle1 medium triangle1 medium square1 medium circle3 small rectangles3 small long triangles3 small squares4 small triangles3 small circles


How to Play: Lay out all the shapes and show your child how to build a dinosaur. You can …

Christmas Games with Gift Bows

This was one of our activities for our "Presents" - themed week. Was so easy and fun, just like our Candy Cane Hunt, and  And don't forget to check out this post where we show you how to use practically any Christmas wrapping paper to make cute file-folder Christmas games for kids! Keep reading to find out how you can create some super fun and easy games with gift bows!  These Christmas games would be great for parties or even as Birthday party games! All you need is a bag of bows and kids who like to have fun. 


You will need: A bunch of gift bows (You can buy them fairly cheap this time of year. I actually bought this big bag of bows 3 years ago and have barely made a dent in using them---so finally I can put them to good use!)2 big bowls or buckets or bins.A child or children with lots of energy!




Here are a few easy game ideas:
1. Bow Run: Place 2 buckets each at opposite ends of the house. Fill one of the buckets with the bows.Have the child pick up one bow at a time and run …