5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Counseling Activities

Do you create seasonal activities or themed lessons for your classroom guidance or small group activities? I find that students are so engaged in these seasonal lessons because for whatever reason, they just seem more fun! Seasonal activities feel like a treat because it feels like we’re celebrating on top of learning. In March, I like to use lessons involving Irish folklore or traditions to talk about friendship, luck, goal setting, and problem solving! Below you’ll find 5 fun St. Patrick’s Day counseling activities for your school counseling program!

5 fun st. patrick's day activities for school counseling

St. Patrick’s Day Counseling Activities

Friendship Blessings Activity

I am a firm believer that school counselors can help students expand their understanding of other cultures!  One artifact I like to use to expose students to Irish culture is an Irish Friendship Blessing. I explain to students that a “blessing” is a wish that you have for someone else. We read a friendship blessing and talk about what it means to wish these things for a friend. We brainstorm the things that we want for our own friends. Then, students work together in small groups to write their own friendship blessings. These are always so precious and serve as a great jumping off point for making positive changes in the way we treat one another.

st. patrick's day friendship activity for school counseling

Leprechaun Cooperative Activity

According to Irish folklore, leprechauns are known for being devious and tricky, spreading mischief wherever they go! I mentioned in another post that I find third quarter to be a time when we really need to focus on perseverance and cooperation again because the finish line of the end of year seems blurry and distant. This leprechaun problem solving activity is a fun way to get students working together and using their teamwork and cooperation skills. This activity is similar to an “escape room” but the students are trying to find the pot of gold hidden by the leprechauns rather than “escaping.” It packs the same fun, though!

Students work in small groups to solve 5 puzzles that the leprechauns left behind for them after stealing their pot of gold! We talk about ways that effective teams work together and  how we should treat our teammates or group members. Each puzzle in the activity gives students a chance to analyze friendship scenarios or practice friendship skills. They also discover secret code words that describe qualities of strong friendships. At the end, they find their pot of gold and discover that friendship was the real treasure all along!

   

Luck Exploration Activities

St. Patrick’s Day activities always center around luck, and I love to play off of this for contentment and goal setting lessons classroom guidance and small groups.

Why are you lucky to be you?

Through a guided mindfulness activity, I have students think of a time when they felt lucky. I ask them to recreate the event in their minds and then look around to see who and what is around. We talk about the things, personal qualities, and people in our lives that make us feel lucky to be us!

How do you create your own luck?

This is one of my favorite activities! In another mindfulness activity, I have students think of a time when they felt really successful. Then, I have them recreate the scene in their minds by rewinding to before the event. Students then focus on the things that they did to prepare for that event. We call this “creating your own luck!” This activity serves as a starting point for a conversation about goal setting and planning for success.

Self Esteem Activity

In this activity, students are encouraged to see themselves as the real pot of gold! we talk about how the pot of gold is the treasure at the end of the rainbow and that each and every student IS a pot of gold and a treasure to the community. Students identify reasons they are amazing people of value and write those qualities on the rainbow. You can also use colorful strips of construction paper to create a rainbow and attach to a pot of gold. They can draw themselves on the pot of gold or you can print a picture to add to the craft! These are so adorable on a bulletin board and are available in my free resource library for The Spark members!

What about you? Are you incorporating St. Patrick’s Day activities into your classroom guidance lessons? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Happy Counseling! -Counselor Keri

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13 thoughts on “5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Counseling Activities

  1. I have tried to download the free St. Patrick’s Day activity but the password says invalid. I have used it for your other things…any ideas? I have purchased a few of your things on tpt too, they are awesome!

    1. Hi Lori! I just reset the password (it’s the same as the password for accessing the library and all other resources). I may have made a typo the first time! If you try that password and still can’t get it, email me from the email address you signed up for the newsletter with and I can send it to you. counselorkeri@gmail.com

      1. It worked and it is perfect thank you! I am a first grade teacher and have implemented many of the activities on your site and on TPT, they are truly inspirational and send such a positive message! Thank you!

    1. Hi Carrie! I just reset the password (it’s the same as the password for accessing the library and all other resources). I may have made a typo the first time! If you try that password and still can’t get it, email me from the email address you signed up for the newsletter with and I can send it to you. counselorkeri@gmail.com

  2. I got an email into my business website with your email listed as the return address. It didn’t make any sense to me, as I have been getting these types of cryptic emails for 2 years. Did you want to talk to me, or was this someone else’s idea of a bad joke.

    1. Ugh, unfortunately it’s a bad joke. Someone had used my email to submit forms on literally thousands of websites in the last 24 hours. I’m receiving email subscription confirmations constantly. So sorry you’re on the receiving end of it!

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