Learning preschool worksheets with an Irish twist are perfect for helping teach young children about Irish culture in the days before Saint Patrick's Day.
Rainbows are seen as a symbol of Ireland. Leprechauns hide their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, and Irish blessings include many beautiful sayings about rainbows.
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Why Are Rainbows Common in Ireland?
Did you know that rainbows appear in Irish skies very frequently?
In fact, Irish people tend to take rainbows for granted, not realizing they're not quite as common in other parts of the world.
But have you ever wondered why rainbows are so common in Ireland?
The answer lies in Ireland's weather patterns. Low pressure is the predominant influence over Irish weather, which creates rising air streams.
When the sun is behind a person, and rain is in front of their field of vision, rising air currents cause the colors of the rainbow to appear on the far side of the rain.
Droplets of rain act as a lens for white light, spreading it into its seven colors visible to the human eye.
There's no shortage of rain in Ireland, so plenty of opportunities for rainbows to span the skies. Rainbows are even more common in spring and autumn when rain occurs very frequently, and the sun is lower in the sky than during the summer months.
Today we'll celebrate Irish rainbows, with a free printable collection of learning activity sheets for preschoolers.
Color Ireland Worksheet
First up is a coloring sheet featuring a map of Ireland.
This is a good way for children to learn about Ireland's shape.
Traditionally Ireland is colored in green, but little ones can apply any color of the rainbow they wish.
Let's Count Rainbow Worksheet
Next up in the packet is a counting activity.
Different Irish symbols are featured, including shamrocks, sheep, golden coins, leprechaun hats, leprechauns and, of course, rainbows.
Little ones should color the number of symbols indicated on each line.
Let's Label A Leprechaun
Our next task involves cutting and labeling.
There's an image of a leprechaun wearing his green hat.
Kids can cut out the words in boxes, then glue them in the box next to the arrow pointing to that portion of the leprechaun's face.
Let's learn to read the words hat, beard, eyes, smile, nose and ears with a little help from an Irish leprechaun.
Irish Language Learning
The final task in this set of four preschool worksheets, is a tracing task to help little ones learn how to say hello in the Irish language.
Dia Duit - that's how Irish people say hello in the Irish language. It literally means "God be with you."
Phonetic pronunciation is Dee-ah gwitch.
Printing Your Rainbow Themed Preschool Worksheets
These worksheets are available for free for all readers of Irish American Mom.
You'll find links to the worksheets through the images above.
The files are sized for US letterhead paper. You'll also find the link through this button.
All four printables are included in one file.
I hope little ones will enjoy learning while celebrating all things Irish.
Here’s a Pinterest friendly graphic if you’d like to file this idea on your boards with other educational resources.
More Irish Themed School Worksheets
I hope you like these learning worksheets here are a few others that you might find useful.
Leprechaun Skip Counting Sheets
Color Sort Game for Saint Patrick’s Day
Blessings Banner to Print and Make
Irish Hearts Learning Sheets For Preschoolers
Irish Coloring Sheets for Saint Patrick’s Day
Please feel free to share these activity sheets with any teachers or parents or grandparents you think might find them helpful.
Happy learning with a little help form Saint Patrick and the leprechauns.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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