Wednesday, March 11, 2009

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PRINTABLE - FREE TEMPLATE



Living in the Boston area, St. Patrick's Day is a pretty big deal, so we always like to do a little something special to celebrate the day. An all-time favorite of ours since the preschool years (keep in mind that Pumpkin is now ten!) has been to hand out lucky pennies! This is honestly the simplest classroom handout you will ever do, but the kids get so excited that you would think you just handed them a nugget of gold.

The first step is to go to the bank and get some shiny new pennies. Over the years, my luck with the banks in my area have been mixed. Some years it's no problem at all, other years I have been told that they do not have any new pennies. No new pennies?!?!! How is this possible? I'm not sure, but if this happens to you as well, you can take the alternate route of cleaning some pennies yourself (go here for penny cleaning formula). If you clean them yourself, they will not be as shiny as if they were new, but the kids do not notice at all, so not to worry.


Once you have the pennies, you have already completed the most time-consuming part of this project! Simply download the design template here, print on the cardstock of your choice and cut as indicated. (Hint: the cards are 3X3 squares) Then attach the pennies to the cards using glue or double-sided tape and you're done! We usually put the cards in small glassine or cellophane envelopes to hand them out, but only because I tend to have those types of supplies on hand. The cards are perfectly fine to hand out as is.

Everyone can use a little extra luck now and again, so have fun with this quick and easy project and maybe as you're spreading some cheer, you'll find yourself a bit o' gold at the end of the rainbow this St. Patrick's Day.

Oh, and no shenanigans! OK, maybe a little...

31 comments:

Kris said...

What a cute idea!!! I would love a copy- thank you! I'll send an email over right now!

Kathryn said...

I love it! I so hope I can use it this year for Anna's class ...

Cynthia said...

How adorable! Would you mind emailing this to me? My kids are a little too big to do it for their class, but I'd love to make a few to hand out to the kids and some co-workers! Fun stuff!! Thanks!!!

Cyn

kimberly/tippy toes said...

I love it! I was looking for something to send along with Clover to a St. Patrick's Day party.

CzaMama said...

SO GREAT!!! I'm emailing you right now!

Pittsy said...

So cute. I was all set to get $1 coins today but this is better. Thanks for the template. Emailing...you...now...

julie said...

Jo-Ann,
Thank you so much for this. It is simply wonderful. I got mine from the automatic download. Worked fine. I will save this till next year now, 18th here in Oz. I sent jelly clovers to school for all yesterday.

Jules

Anonymous said...

What size cello bags do you use?

Jennifer @ Back at the hive said...

I'm using this idea! I love it!

Nathalie said...

I LOVE this idea! I have never done anything for my kids class for St Patrick's Day but now I feel like doing this for my 2nd grader's class! Thanks!

Sommer said...

This is ADORABLE! I knew I'd forget about it so I ran out today and got the green cardstock and just finished cutting them right now. They turned out great! I even found little plastic bags to put them in so they look 'extra' special. Now to find 30 pennies to clean.... Thank you for the print out!

Anonymous said...

Cute! Thank you.

Tami C.

Brooke said...

This is so cute! Perfect little favor to hand out. Thank you!

Charlotte Canup said...

Hi, Jo-Ann,

I really liked the story of your lucky penny handouts for St. Patrick's Day and would like to thank you for the free template. Since I love quilling (paper filigree) I added quilled shamrocks to your design and featured it on my blog giving you full credit for the template and a link to your site. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

Charlotte
www.theartofquilling.com

Jennifer Jensen said...

This is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

Cap Creations said...

Thank you so much for this great template! You are awesome for sharing! I will be posting the ones we made on my blog tomorrow! Thank you!

Angela Livingston said...

Thanks so much! This is such a great idea. We're going to have to do this next week since school is out the week of St Paddy's Day.

I'm a new follower, I found your blog from 24/7 Moms.

Angela
http://www.hotmomtips.com

Kristin said...

Cute! I printed just one on a 5x7 paper and framed it - love it! Thank you.

Erin said...

Super cute! I love it and plan on giving them out to my son's preschool class tomorrow (St. Patty's Day here is during spring break).

Crystal said...

What a precious and inexpensive idea!

SAHMmy Says said...

Cute! Almost out of ink and it still looks great--like a faded tattoo :)

Kellie said...

Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I just came across this on Pinterest.

Jessie said...

Yay! thank you for sharing...will give this to my first graders

Jessie said...

Thanks for sharing...found this on pinterest and will hand out to my first graders!

colleen said...

Awwww, you take me back to my childhood with this one! My mom used to something like that but she used to hide the card with the penny on it and leave clues from the leprachaun(sp?) I'm from the Boston area too! I thought everyone was as crazy about ST. Paddy's day as we are :O)

Amy Kirchhoff said...

What a fun little gift idea. thanks for sharing.

I included it on my "A Peek at My Pinterest" St. Patrick's Board post.
http://www.amytriedit.com/2012/03/peek-at-my-pinterest-st-patricks-day.html

Anonymous said...

Ahhh! so cute. How do you download this template?

Maryj said...

Just printed the template and shined some pennies and will give them to nursing home residents for good luck when they play bingo on St. Patrick's Day and other bingo days as a good luck charm. Love it! Thank you so much.

Maryj said...

Thank you! I made up the cards and glued the pennies on for nursing home residents for St.Pat's Day Bingo. Hope it brings them some good luck for all their bingos. Maryj

Rebecca said...

Love this, thank you so much for sharing it with the world! My son's kindergarten class is going to be thrilled!