Irish poetry is beautiful and fun way to learn about Irish heritage with kids. So below is a traditional Irish poem along with some nontraditional fun poems for the kids to sing along with a free pritnable to go with it. Hope you all have a great St Patricks day. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for more fun ideas to do with your kids.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,

And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:

Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;

And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,

Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;

There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,

And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;

While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,

I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

-W. B. Yeats

Treasure Hunt

St. Patrick’s Day is coming

And you might think it’s a joke.

But I’d like to get my hands on

One of the little folk.

For they say in good old Ireland

If a Leprechaun you hold.

You’ll go to the end of the rainbow

To his treasure pot of gold.

It may be a lot of blarney

For tis written in Irish folklore.

The Isle is home to the fairies

To be sure, to be sure, to be sure.

– Nancy Russell

Five Little Leprechauns

Five little leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day

The first one said, ‘I’d like to play!’

The second one stood beside a rainbow.

The third one waved and said, ‘Hello!’

The fourth one said, ‘Good luck to the bold.’

The fifth one said, ‘Just don’t touch my gold!’

Plink, plink went the harp ‘ they all danced around,

Then five leprechauns ran off with a bound.

– Leanne Guenther

Five Little Shamrocks

One green shamrock, in the morning dew,’

Another one sprouted,

and then there were two.

Two green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree;’

Another one sprouted,

and then there were three.’

Three green shamrocks, by the cottage door;’

Another one sprouted,

and then there were four.

Four green shamrocks, near a beehive’

Another one sprouted,

and then there were five.

Five little shamrocks, bright and emerald green,’

Think of all the luck

these shamrocks will bring.

  Free Printable Irish Poems Coloring Pages

Printing Instructions

1. Click the file you would like to print.

2. Once the larger version has opened, right click the image.

3. Click the “save file” option.

4. Open the file on your computer under the file you saved it as, and click”print”.

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