How to Make a Pot of Gold Number Matching Game

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March 8, 2017

Pot of Gold Number Matching - competed pots and coins for 1 - 5If you need an easy St. Patrick's Day math activity, these pots of gold are an excellent choice. They don't take long to make and if you laminate them, they'll last for years. My pre-k students had so much fun with matching the gold pieces to the pots. I incorporated these into the math and quiet centers. You could also use them in small groups or one-on-one.


Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 game with 5 pots


  • 1 sheet black construction paper
  • scissors
  • 15+ flat gold confetti circles (buy at Dollar Tree or Amazon)
  • 15 yellow pom poms or pennies (optional)
  • laminator with sheets
  • 1 gold or silver permanent marker
  • 1 black permanent marker
Pot of Gold Number Matching - supplies


  1. Draw 5 leprechaun pots on black construction paper with the black marker. To make sure they were the same size, I drew the first pot, cut it out, and used it to trace the others.
  2. Pot of Gold Number Matching - draw 5 pots on construction paper and cut out, use one as the template for the other 4
  3. Cut out the pots and laminate them.
  4. Pot of Gold Number Matching - cut out the pots and laminate-

  5. Cut them out again. Add a number to each pot with a silver or gold marker. For pre-k you might use 1-5 to start.
  6. Pot of Gold Number Matching - cut out laminated pots and number with a marker
  7. To do the activity, lay the pots on a flat surface, like table or student desk. Add the correct amount of gold circles to each pot. If you don't have the confetti, you can use pennies or yellow pom poms. And just FYI, I am only using this white paper as a better background for the pictures.
  8. Pot of Gold Number Matching - lay the correct number of coins with each pot
  9. When each child masters a number, you can erase the original with a paper towel and fingernail polish remover. Use the permanent marker to add the new number. You can also just flip the pots over and write different numbers on the back.

    Here is an example of numbers 9 & 10. With higher numbers, these start looking like "real" pots of gold! Or maybe it's just the glare from the flash. Ha-ha. Regardless, kids will have fun with this activity and learn something too!
  10. Pot of Gold Number Matching - the original numbers can be removed or higher ones add to the back side

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