Saint Patrick’s Day Rainbow Count Down Activity

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Saint Patrick’s Day Rainbow Count Down Activity


My daughter learned to count very early. Well, let me clarify… she memorized how to count to fifteen very early! Ha! I was a proud Mama hearing my daughter, who could barely talk, count to 15. I did realize, however that sure, she could SAY 1-15 in the right order, but when she would count groups of items more than five, she would over or under count.

Now that she is three and a half, she is a pro… that is, until she gets to about 24. She starts the over-under again. So, since St. Patrick’s Day is the next holiday, I decided to make learning to count higher numbers (and count backwards) more fun by making a rainbow paper chain of thirty.

We also get to count down the days until St. Patrick’s Day, one of my husband’s favorite holidays. Here are a few things we did together for this St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Count Down Activity:

  • We constructed and hung the rings together. I cut. She taped.
  • As we made the chain, I talked to her about St. Patrick’s Day. Disclaimer: Is it AWFUL that I had to look it up??? Oye! I did a quick search online and told her that is was an Irish holiday and a day of feast in honor of St. Patrick. We wear the color green and display shamrocks.
  • We reviewed the colors of the rainbow and the order of the colors.
  • Each day we pull off a ring, we count the remaining rings forwards and backwards.
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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable,, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.