Do you like to add a little math learning twist to coloring activities? Then these Irish themed color by number pages are a great way to help little ones recognize numbers and colors.
These sheets promote attention to detail, plus the ability to follow instructions.
Coloring is a wonderful activity for little ones, and these worksheets are a perfect way to celebrate being Irish or being Irish at heart.
At the end of this post you'll find a free printable PDF file with all these lovely images, just waiting to be colored in.
But first let's explore the advantages of color by number activities for kids.
First and foremost, a child needs to follow the simple instructions for completing a color by number worksheet.
Linking each different number with a specific color requires follow through, and attention to the instructions.
Everyone needs to follow instructions in life. Whether we're assembling a piece of furniture or setting up a new piece of equipment, instructions are the key to success.
Color by numbers activities lay the foundation for this life skill.
The preceding two images show the completed pot of gold coloring page, followed by the original worksheet with no colors added.
This set of coloring pages is designed especially for Saint Patrick's Day, but remember, if you're Irish like me, your children might like to use them all year round.
Linking numbers to specific colors on the key provided reinforces number recognition skills for little ones.
Matching numbers and colors is fun.
It also helps little ones understand that numbers have many uses other than just simply for counting. They're very useful symbols for life.
The examples above and below this section of text, illustrate a completed shamrock and horseshoe image, and the raw work sheet before the colors are applied. These are super easy Saint Patrick's Day coloring pages that children can be proud of.
And best of all these worksheets are free for you to print and share.
Attention to Detail and Focus:
I think we all could benefit from a little more attention to detail in our lives. I tend to skip all over the place as I multitask.
Color by number activities encourage children to focus and concentrate.
Two of my four children needed to work on focus and attention as little ones. They tended to drift off and get distracted very easily. I found color by numbers activities to be very useful tools for promoting better concentration.
Fine Motor Skills:
Being a physical therapist, I love activities that promote motor skills.
Coloring, in general, helps children develop their fine motor skills, but it specifically helps develop their pencil holding skills.
A palmar grip is where a child holds the pencil in the palm with the pencil point sticking out between the thumb and index finger, while being stabilized by the middle finger.
Wrist strength and forearm stability are required to master this grasp, so practice, practice, practice is the key.
These happy Irish coloring pages promote better finger and hand dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and the ability to manipulate a crayon or a pencil.
Learning to Complete Tasks:
Finishing what you started is one of life's skills that help us to achieve our goals. Color by number tasks encourage children to fill in all the shapes with colors to reveal the hidden image. The end result can be a mystery until all the colors are added.
Revealing these symbols of Ireland, happy leprechauns, pots of gold, horseshoes and shamrocks will hopefully generate a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and a little bit of Irish pride.
Some children shy away from coloring activities if they worry their work is not as good as that of others. One of my triplets always let his brother "help" with his artwork.
I love how color by numbers guarantees a good outcome. Color by number activities build a child's confidence in their ability to color, and may even encourage them to try other creative artistic activities.
Printing Your Free Color By Number Worksheets:
These worksheets are available for free for all readers of Irish American Mom.
If you click on any of the images you’ll be taken to a PDF file, which you can save and print - this packet contains the black and white images, plus samples of the completed images in color.
The files are sized for US letterhead paper.
You'll also find a file with just the black and white images. This works well if you like to keep the finished image a secret, and save on printer ink.
You'll find a total of six images in this pack.
I hope your little ones will enjoy adding a little color to these happy Irish images.
Here’s a Pinterest friendly graphic if you’d like to file this idea on your boards with other educational resources.
Homeschool and Classroom Activity:
Coloring by numbers is such a fun activity especially when celebrating Saint Paddy's Day.
And don't forget, this coloring tasks holds many hidden child development benefits too.
I hope this post helped you discover the benefits of color by number activities. These math and art exercises are perfect for children at home or in the classroom.
Please feel free to share them with teachers, parents or homeschoolers whom you think might enjoy them.
Other Irish Themed Worksheets:
I hope you like these learning worksheets - here are a few others that you might find useful.
Happy learning with an Irish inspired twist.
SLÁN AGUS BEANNACHT,
(GOODBYE AND BLESSINGS)
IRISH AMERICAN MOM
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