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Growing Leprechaun Hair

St. Patrick’s Day is hands-down my favorite holiday of the year! I love building the excitement of the sneaky leprechaun as soon as March begins! One of my favorite activities is growing leprechaun hair.

It’s such a simple {and fun} activity. You just add dirt, grass {or wheat grass} seeds, and tape on a leprechaun’s face near the top of the cup.

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Supplies Needed for Growing Leprechaun Hair

Want to grow your own leprechaun heads and hair? It’s easy!

First, gather the supplies you’ll need:
• Potting Mix
• Wheat Grass Seeds or Rapid Grow Grass
Green Plastic Cups
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Easy Steps for Growing Leprechaun Hair

After gathering the supplies needed to grow your leprechauns, the steps are easy!

1. Students color and cut out the leprechauns. For extra durability, you may want to print onto white cardstock and laminate them in case water touches accidentally touches them.

2. Before adding dirt to the green cups, use a ballpoint pen to poke a few holes in the bottom of the cups. This will give your cups some needed drainage.

3. Fill the cup to the top with dirt and sprinkle seeds on top. Attach your leprechauns to the front of the cup using double-sided tape

4. Record the growth process!

Recording Growth

To extend this activity beyond planting the seeds, I’ve included a free recording sheet. This page has spaces for your students to write the date and write about the progress of the “hair” growth.

The recording sheet is simple and kids love checking in on the growth of their leprechaun!

After a week or so your leprechaun hair will get wild! Kids seriously love this fun and easy-to-do activity! After your leprechaun has grown its hair, send it home for families to enjoy!

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Recap of Leprechaun Hair Activity for Students

Letting your kids learn all about counting in a fun way is the key to helping those skills stick. While growing leprechaun hair isn’t the only fun idea for St. Patrick’s Day it’s one of my classroom’s favorites!

Your kids will enjoy the fun side of checking in on their leprechaun, all while working on their observing and writing skills. It’s a win-win!

Let me know in the comments below if your kids enjoy this fun experiment with growing their leprechaun hair!

19 Responses

  1. I love the little "Chia Leprechauns" lol They're adorable! Considering most of the grass here in Indiana is covered in snow…or the snow melted and it's squishy it's nice to see from fresh green grass! I also love the common and proper noun thing. Very cute.

    Brenda
    You Might Be a First Grader…

  2. I am dying over here over those cute leprechauns. The kiddos will love that. We made dirt babies before and the kiddos loved giving them a "haircut". =)

    You have an adorable blog. I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit when you get the chance. =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

  3. I've been looking for that leprechaun project and I am so happy to find you. I found you through the Blog by State linky party. Love to meet my California bloggers. I am your newest follower. Thanks for sharing.
    Sherry
    Kindergarten Milestones

  4. Those shoes ARE fabulous and the leprechaun hair is adorable. Thanks for sharing! Thanks, also, for the common/proper noun sheet… I had yet another conversation with my first graders on this topic just this morning. 🙂

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