Feed the Leprechaun Rainbow Cookies Game is a fun and easy literacy game for toddlers and preschoolers. Let your little one feed the leprechaun his rainbow cookies all the while practicing letters and phonics!
Feed Leprechaun Rainbow Game
First thing you need a cardboard box. I was doing this activity with my twins so I used a medium sized box but this can be done with any size box. Draw the outline of a leprechaun’s face with your black sharpie. Use my picture as a reference.
Grab your paint sticks and colour in your leprechauns beard. I created his top hat or Irish cap using green, black and yellow construction paper. Take a pair of scissors and cut out the mouth of the leprechaun big enough to fit the rainbows you make. Add googley eyes or draw eyes to your leprechaun!
I used cardboard to make my rainbow cookies. You can also use construction paper. Cut them into small rainbows or semi circles and use you paint sticks to create a rainbow. Write upper and lower case letters on each rainbow.
How to Play Feed Leprechaun Rainbow Game
Place you rainbow letter cookies around your leprechaun box. Then ask your toddler or preschooler to find a certain letter. If you are using flashcards and it has objects on it depicting the number represented have them count those objects. If you are using a dice, count the number of dots.
Tell them that the leprechaun is very hungry (I actually became the voice of leprechaun and asked my toddlers to feed me [leprechaun] a certain letter). They absolutely loved that I pretended to be the leprechaun and eagerly searched for the letter rainbow to feed the leprechaun.
This was really a hit and they played this several times. At first with me calling out the letters and later with them just feeding the leprechaun. As they played I would ask them what letter they are feeding the leprechaun and asked them what sound it made and if they could tell me a word that started with that letter.
Modify for Preschoolers and Kindergartners
For older kids you can do this activity to practice sight words or word families.
My kids are 3 and 6.5 years old.
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