Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday this year, I thought we’d review our January – March program songs with a twist…a Treasure Hunt with a fun pot of gold at the end (well, gold candy – even better in the eyes of the kids!).
- cards (documents can be downloaded using the access button below)
green card stock (optional – to mount the cards on)
- 3 4×6-ish envelopes (got mine at Wal-Mart) *
- small easel (optional – try hitting up the church library)
- green stickers (found some at Michaels & Macey’s Grocery store)
- serving tray or plate (optional)
- rainbow wands – see where I purchased mine HERE (optional: you can omit and just have the kids make a rainbow with their hands instead).
- pot (using my dutch oven)
- gold coins (I get mine at WinCo also found some at Macey’s Grocery store)
- masking tape
- optional: green footprints, tablecloth & St. Paddy’s Day decor
*I made 2 sets of the 4×6 cards – one for Jr. and one for Sr. I’ll tape both sets at the various locations before primary.
There are also blank cards if you want to write in your own clues. Note that you may need to change the name of the songs that pertain to what your Primary has been learning in the document below!
I think it would be fun to make the Primary room a small mess – some of the chairs turned upside down, the curtains tangled, maybe some small green footprints around the room. Have a green tablecloth with some St. Paddy’s day decor. Totally optional.
Then also before Primary, place the treasure hunt items around the building (table or podium [card 1] drinking fountain[card 2], restrooms[card 3], kitchen[card 4, tray & wands], behind the piano[pot of gold]) – if your chapel will be empty maybe you could put the pot of gold behind the organ!) I’d suggest discretely numbering the envelopes before you seal them so you know what order they should be and where they go…a terrible thing to have your cards out of order ;).
Find the clues, do what they say, sing the songs then distribute gold coins to all the kids.
Variation: Obviously if you have a large primary roaming the halls may not work. I’d adapt this to have the kids stay in the Primary room – send them to a chalkboard, under the table, on the ceiling, behind a picture, behind the piano, etc. Use the blank cards above to write you own clues! If you write some of your own, leave a comment with them to help others out!
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > St. Patrick’s Day.