March 17th honors the Patron Saint of Ireland who brought Christianity to Ireland. However, this holiday can be a good opportunity for us all to celebrate our own history, ancestry, traditions, and customs.
Pot of Gold: Children can cross the rainbow (have a colorful mat or make one out of colored paper) any way they can (walk, skip, roll in a wheelchair, crawl) until they reach the end where they put their gold into the pot. Children go one by one down the rainbow as the rest of the group sings or signs along to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. You can keep the original lyrics or change them pertaining to the task at hand i.e. "Somewhere across the rainbow (name) has to go" If your rainbow is flexible change it into different shapes to increase motor function/problem solving skills (if applicable). Make adaptations and modifications as necessary.
The Road to Sligo-The legacy Jig by Joanie Madden
Dear Old Donegal by various artists
All the best from Ireland Album
Johnny Jump Up Morrison's Jig by Gaelic Storm
Drink the night away by Gaelic Storm
Cockles and Mussels by Slainte
If I ever leave this world Alive by Flogging Molly
James E. Riley, MT-BC
Jenn Manno, MT