Here are some of the best St. Patrick's videos for kids:
1) Counting with a Leprechaun - Irish rap song that gets kids all caught up, counting their gold by 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's, with Silvana Macri. There are other versions, but this one takes the cake. (3:09) Addictive verses start:
I'm a lucky, lucky leprechaun, a thousand and one years old2) Leprechaun's Gold - Old-Fashioned classic Irish Tale of leprechauns and a little boy who wants their gold. It's a 1949 Disney-style Noveltoon that will stand the test of time! (9:24)
And at the end of the rainbow, I count my lucky gold...
3) Dr. Monster: The Leperchaun - Yes, Leper-chaun. A fast-paced, freewheeling, animated rap song by LilDeuceDeuce that's as sophisticated as the listener, and entrancing to a five-year-old. (2:39)
4) St. Patrick's Day For Kids - An Irish Jig song that traces the story of the real St. Patrick, with images of St. Paddy's parades, kids with shamrocks, and cartoon images of St. Pat's life. (1:55)
5) St. Patrick - Super cute, funny and cool, cartoon informational video of the life of St. Patrick, narrated by a non-Irish foreigner, possibly from India; by dcnorton (8:36)
6) Popeye the Sailor Man: The Leprechaun - Popeye and his spinach, an evil witch and her vulture, adorable leprechauns with their pot 'o gold...and a ship. What's not to love? (5:09)
YouTube.com is a great source for videos. Many schools block YouTube, so you’ll have to use free online software, such as dvdvideosoft.com, a YouTube to MP4 converter. This is best done at home. Then you can bring the MP4 on a flash drive to view at school on your SMARTboard or computer.
If you'd like a rousing, hand-clappin', foot-stompin' St. Patrick's Jig--with dance instructions--it's here. Hello, brain break! And not just on St. Paddy's day. Add your own tambourines, chimes and drums for extra fun.
If you'd like to add a St. Paddy's drama for the kids to enact, complete with leprechaun hats, and mini-leprechaun dancing puppets--plus creative writing prompts and gorgeous St. Paddy's writing paper--here's the total St. Patrick's Day Fun experience.
For full lessons on How to Catch a Leprechaun, with shamrock-shaped paper for a gorgeous display, try this.
Top o' the mornin' to ya!