Pass the Potato (St
Patrick’s Day Song
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Patrick’s Day is a fun day to celebrate with children, and a great way to
learn about Ireland! To make the most of this simple passing game, do the
Assemble items in the song, and place them in a green box or bag (see prop
ideas below). Show the children a map of the world, and point out Ireland.
As you take each item out of the bag or box, give a short explanation of its
relevance to St Patrick’s Day. Following are simple things you can say,
along with a link to a website with more information if you would like to
Potato: Potatoes have been a popular food in Ireland because they are easy
to grow. Then you just have to dig them up and boil them in water. They
take no special cooking equipment or skill. Even children could make them!
(Ask children for their favorite kinds of potatoes, from French fries to
Potatoes in Ireland in the 1700s - DIVERSITY
Shamrock: Shamrocks mean good luck in Ireland, and so does the number 3.
“Everything good comes in threes”
Mrs. O'Leary's Shamrock Facts
Snake: Stories say that St Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, and
that’s why there aren’t any snakes there today.
Why Ireland Has No Snakes - National Zoo| FONZ http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/ReptilesAmphibians/NewsEvents/irelandsnakes.cfm
Rainbow: At the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold!
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Leprechaun: Leprechauns are fairies in Ireland. Legend says that if you
catch and hold onto a
leprechaun, he has to show you his pot of gold!
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