St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Physed
Who doesn’t love St. Patrick’s Day? I mean really, all the green and the great music just makes for a fun, festive time! To help celebrate, below I am going to cover a few fun St. Patrick’s Day activities that you can use with your PE classes. I hope you enjoy and can use them. Note – two of the below activities use “gold coins”. If you have misplaced your regular pot of gold coins, don’t fret, I have a sheet of “gold coins” you can download and print on yellow paper until you can find your regular stash. 😉
Stealing from the Leprechauns
This is a fun activity that was submitted to PE Central by Kevin O’Donnell. I like this activity, but decided to add an additional element of exercise to it.
For the most part, the activity stays the same – a hula-hoop in the center of gym, a hula-hoop in each corner of the gym. The hula-hoop in the center of the gym is the leprechaun’s “Pot-o-Gold” (gold coins or bean bags). Pick three students to be leprechauns (taggers). Have them wear pinnies and/or green hats. Group the remaining students evenly at each corner hula-hoop and assign an exercise such as 10 push-ups, 10 mountain climbers, 10 burpees, or 10 sit-ups to each corner. Play some Irish music to begin of the activity.
Each student is to run and try to steal a piece of gold from the leprechaun’s “Pot-o-gold” in the center. If they steal a piece of gold without being tagged by a leprechaun, they are to run and place the gold in their team’s hula-hoop. If they are tagged, the student is to place the piece of gold back into the center “Pot-o-gold”, and then run back to their team’s hula-hoop. Before the student (who was just tagged) can run back to try and steal more gold, he/she must perform their group’s designated exercise.
After a few minutes, stop the music and let the groups count their take of the gold & place it back in the center “Pot-o-gold”. Select some new leprechauns and tell each group the exercise they will be performing (rotate the exercises between groups) on the next go round.
Pot of Gold Relay
This Pot of Gold Relay is a relay activity. Place 6-8 cones at one end of your gym, two cones per group. At each cone, place a bucket filled with gold coins or bean bags – this will be the starting area.
Put the same obstacles at every two cones that students must perform to get to the other end. For example, one group will be split in half and will compete against each other doing the same obstacle. This will make the competition fair in the relay – as every two lines performs the same obstacle. Examples of obstacles could be poly spots they have to walk or jump on, scooters they have to ride around cones, jump rope to other end, hula-hoop to other end, dribble basketball while walking forwards or backwards, etc.
At the beginning of the relay, the student at the beginning of the line will reach down and grab a gold coin out of the bucket. When he or she gets to the end of the obstacles, they are to place the gold coin in an empty bucket that you have placed at the other end of the gym. You can tell your students, this is the leprechaun bucket at the end of the rainbow and as leprechauns, they are to hide their gold there. The student is then to return going back through the obstacle again and getting in the back of the line. The first team/group to put all of the their gold coins in the bucket at the end of the rainbow and make it back to their line wins.
Irish Dance Steps
It might be fun to introduce some Irish dancing to your PE students. The below video teaches basic Irish dance steps which your students will enjoy learning, while at the same time getting some good exercise! The important thing to remind your students is to take it slow and have fun with it!
St. Patrick’s Day is a fun and festive day that should be celebrated! In order to do our part to celebrate in PE, we covered two St. Patrick’s Day activities – a tagging game called “Stealing from the Leprechauns” and a relay called “Pot of Gold Relay”. We also covered Irish dance steps that you can introduce to your students for additional fun exercise. I hope you enjoyed this post and can use some of the activities that we introduced today. If you know of any other good St. Patrick’s Day activities, please post them below in the comments section. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!