March is around the corner and that means St. Patrick’s day crafts are in the air! We’re celebrating by creating Leprechaun science projects to keep the magic alive and the fun flowing. If your kids love themed lesson units they will surely love our five St. Patrick’s day science projects outlined below.
Leprechauns are known for giving out chocolate gold in order to escape from a trap. The better the trap, the more the chocolate gold they will pay to escape unseen. This is a fun engineering challenge that combines St. Patrick’s day crafts with Leprechaun science and a bit of failure. All you need to enjoy this project is tape, glue, and a full recycling bin. Or, if you are trying to trap Leprechauns in earnest some wood and power tools.
There is the age-old story of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is born of greedy Vikings stealing and hiding their gold. After the Vikings left the Leprechauns found the gold and hid it from all of humanity. Lore says that when a rainbow appears it is out of these hidden pots of Leprechaun gold – except real rainbows make full circles, and thus never have an end. In this St. Patrick’s day science project, you’ll get to cast your own rainbows on your kitchen ceiling and delight in making them move around.
Leprechauns pay in chocolate gold to get out of traps unseen, but some sneaky Leprechauns are trying to cheat you! Some of the gold is chocolate, while some are fake gold made of wood or metal. Older kids can use math and physics to determine if the gold is tasty or fake, while younger kids can turn this into a Leprechaun science sink or float experiment!
You won’t need much to enjoy this St Patrick’s day craft either – just chocolate coins, wood rounds, and some fun foil.
Learning the science of slime and how to make slime was on my 2018 science to-do list. I have to say, I can’t believe it took me so long to make slime because it is awesome! We made five types of slime, with fluffy slime filled with gold glitter being allocated to our St Pattrick’s day crafts slime – because it’s fluffy, and gold, and lots and lots of fun.
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