Writing skills and basic counting skills are both important skills for preschoolers to develop before entering kindergarten. And you know what is also important? You guessed it! Writing numbers! That’s why it’s so fun to add a little extra number tracing practice to your preschool themes. See how these free St. Patrick’s Day number tracing worksheets are just the right thing to add to your lesson plans this March.
FREE St. Patrick’s Day Number Tracing Worksheets
There’s something about St. Patrick’s Day that makes me smile.
It’s not the leprechauns. Honestly, I’m never quite sure how to describe them to preschoolers. Little imaginary fairies who like to play and sometimes get themselves into trouble? I usually say they’re silly fairies who can sometimes make mischief…kinda’ like an Elf on the Shelf (which is another holiday tradition I’ve never understood).
But it’s not clovers either. I’m the kind of girl who (mostly) believes you make your own luck.
So I think it might the colors green and yellow. Ever since I was a kid I’ve always liked green and yellow. In fact, they were the colors of my wedding, which was also in March. They’re very Spring-like colors, aren’t they? I think what makes me smile about St. Patrick’s Day really is the colors and the fact that they seem to be slapping winter right in the face. After a long, gray winter, yellow and green really are the first signs of spring! It’s like they’re saying, “Move over, winter. Spring is here!”
And then I know I can start looking for my tulips and daffodils to pop up, and I start searching the ground for my rhubarb crowns. Because then it’s rhubarb pie season…which really is the best season of all, right?!
You Might Also Like These St. Patrick’s Day Activities
It really does feel like St. Patrick’s Day is a launching point into all things Spring in preschool, doesn’t it? So why not start the holiday and Spring season with these super cute “Count Your Lucky Shamrocks” St. Patrick’s Day number tracing worksheets?
They’re completely free, so be sure to grab your copy below. But don’t skip over all the other fun and creative ways to use these number tracing worksheets, either!
Number Tracing Worksheets for St. Patrick’s Day
These number tracing worksheets feature a range of skills to keep your preschoolers interested as well as give them the extra line tracing practice they need.
- free EXCLUSIVE freebie (from the end of this post)
- dry erase pouch
- dry erase markers
The set-up is really straight forward. Simply print the prewriting cards in heavy cardstock. I recommend heavy cardstcock for any printable that is going to be used more than once, even if it’s a printable that’s going to be protected by lamination or in a dry erase pouch. Kids are tough on paper. So tough! So if I’m going to spend the little extra to print in color, then I want it on cardstock to make that printing last as long as possible!
You can also print these in grayscale and your preschoolers can write directly on them. With this approach, you preschooler gets extra practice using a pencil in addition to parents getting extra physical evidence of what their preschooler is learning in your classroom.
Don’t Forget St. Patrick’s Day Picture Books
I love reading stories to my preschoolers, especially for St. Patrick’s Day. Here are my go-to picture books for our favorite green holiday.
How to Use the St. Patrick’s Day Number Tracing Worksheets
The steps for completing the activity are simple.
- Say the name of the picture on the card.
- Point out the name of the picture in print. Use your finger and point to each word as you say it.
- Now count the number of Irish icons that make up the picture.
- Point to the written word and trace it.
- Then trace the numbers.
Have you ever tried a multi-step process like this for practicing counting and number formation on a worksheet?
I appreciate this approach because it hits so many more skills.
Sometimes, if you just hand a number tracing worksheet to a preschooler, they absent-mindedly trace the words and numbers but they don’t make any connections as to why or how they are tracing. They sometimes look at the worksheet and think, “Look! There’s some shamrocks!” and they start tracing because they know that’s what the teacher will be looking for them to do. But they’re not necessarily connecting the number of icons to the written word or the written numeral.
If this is the case, it’s not a worthwhile task anyway.
So I give my preschoolers a set and order of tasks for how to complete their number tracing worksheets.
I usually introduce these in circle time by first modeling and then we practice a few together as a class. Then when we go to centers I model for each student individually how to complete the routine, and then I hang around and watch my students do a page before leaving.
Here that is again:
- I do (first modeling in circle time)
- We do (complete a few as a whole class or small group)
- I do (modeling to an individual student)
- You do (I watch the student and make corrections)
In fact, this is a common method I use when introducing most new activities to my preschoolers. But basic counting and tracing are not the only things you can do with these number tracing worksheets.
Be sure to read below for five more ways to use this printable!
More Ways to Use This Printable
There are so many ways to use this freebie! Let me share some ideas with you.
- Print these pages at 50% and make number booklets for your preschoolers.
- Use manipulatives to place over the icons for yet another dose of counting practice.
- Use these on an interactive bulletin board and review a number each day.
- You can also use them for finger tracing. Instead of tracing with a marker, trace each line with a finger. Or trace with a dry erase marker, and then trace again with your finger to erase the marker.
- Use a range of tracing materials like triangular crayons, crayon rocks, golf pencils, colored pencils, etc.
How else would you use these St. Patrick’s Day number tracing worksheets?
Don’t Forget Fun St. Patrick’s Day Manipulatives
The supplies listed in this post are readily found at just about any dollar store, but for your convenience, I’ve added some links if you want to order online.
Then grab your free printable below.
Get Your Free St. Patrick’s Day Number Worksheets Here
Think these will make a great addition to your St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans or your math preschool centers? Grab your own copy by clicking the image below.
More St. Patrick’s Day Printables
These are my most popular St. Patrick’s Day printables. We use them in circle time, small group work, as well as preschool centers, of course!
I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction