St. Patrick’s Day with my kids is an absolute blast Before I had kids, I rarely even thought about St. Patrick’s Day. Now, it is an important part of our spring! We wear green, make leprechaun traps, and eat soda bread. Our kids also love it because it is full of opportunities for games and activities. Let’s explore some of the fun St. Patrick’s Day games for kids that you can play at home or in school.
Leprechaun Treasure Hunt
Have you ever been on a Leprechaun Treasure Hunt? It’s an easy game to set up and can be played indoors or outdoors. To create a Leprechaun Treasure Hunt, hide a few items around the house or in the yard. The items should be small and easy to find, like chocolate coins, small toys, or even stickers. Next, create a series of clues that will lead kids to the hidden treasure. You can write the clues on pieces of paper or create a treasure map. The clues can be simple or challenging, depending on the age of the children playing. Finally, give the children a set amount of time to find the hidden treasure. Grab our Leprechaun Treasure Hunt here!
Pin the Clover on the Leprechaun
This game is a twist on the classic “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” game. Instead of a donkey, you’ll use a leprechaun. To play the game, you’ll need a picture of a leprechaun and some clover cutouts. Blindfold each child and give them a clover to pin onto the picture of the leprechaun. The child who gets the closest to the right spot wins the game. This game is perfect for young children who may not be able to play more complicated games.
Hang up paper shamrocks around the house or yard. You can use green construction paper to cut out shamrock shapes, then use tape or string to hang them up in various locations. Once you’ve hidden all the shamrocks, give each child a basket or bag to collect the shamrocks they find. At the end of the hunt, count up the shamrocks each child has collected, and the child who finds the most shamrocks wins a prize. This game is not only fun but also helps children develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
St. Patrick’s Day Trivia
St. Patrick’s Day Trivia is a great game for older children. Create a set of questions about St. Patrick’s Day, Irish history, and culture (or use ours here!). The questions can be multiple-choice, true or false, or open-ended. The child who answers the most questions correctly wins the game.
The Rainbow Race is a fun game that can be played indoors or outdoors. First, create stations for each color of the rainbow. A simple way to do this is to lay down a piece of paper in each color of the rainbow on the floor. The stations should be a different distance from the starting point. Divide the children into teams and have them race to each station to find items in the different colors of the rainbow. They run and place the colored objects on the corresponding color of paper. Once a team has found an object for each color, they are finished with the race.
Green Food Taste Test
The Green Food Taste Test is a fun activity for children who love to try new things. You’ll need to prepare a set of green foods like green apples, kiwi, green grapes, and green peppers. Blindfold each child and have them taste each food. The person who guesses the most foods correctly wins the game. Our kids LOVE these types of taste tests!
Irish Jig Dance-Off
The Irish Jig Dance-Off is a fun activity for children who love to dance. Play some traditional Irish music and have the children dance the Irish Jig. You can have a judge or have the children vote for the best dancer. You can also give out prizes for the best dancer or most enthusiastic dancer.
Gold Coin Toss
The Gold Coin Toss is a fun game that all kids will love! You’ll need a bucket or container and some gold coins (chocolate coins or plastic coins). Set the bucket a few feet away from the children and have them take turns tossing the gold coins into the bucket. The child who tosses the most coins into the bucket wins the game. Get different colors of coins, or mark them in some way so you can tell which coins belong to which child.
St. Patrick’s Day Bingo
St. Patrick’s Day Bingo is a fun game that children of all ages can enjoy. Create a set of bingo cards with St. Patrick’s Day images like shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold. Draw images from a hat and have the children mark off the corresponding image on their bingo cards. The first child to get a bingo wins the game. I love these St. Patrick’s Day Bingo boards.
St. Patrick’s Day Word Search
Doing a St. Patrick’s Day word search is a fun and engaging activity for children of all ages. Word searches are a classic and popular way to improve vocabulary and spelling skills while also providing a fun challenge. St. Patrick’s Day word searches typically include a list of words related to the holiday such as “leprechaun,” “shamrock,” and “pot of gold.” The words can be hidden horizontally, vertically, diagonally, forwards, or backwards in the grid. The challenge is for children to find all the words as quickly as possible. You can make the activity more fun by providing a small prize or reward for completing the word search correctly. Doing a St. Patrick’s Day word search is a great way for children to have fun while also improving their cognitive and language skills.
Leprechaun Hopscotch is a fun variation of the classic game that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. To play, you’ll need a hopscotch grid, which can be drawn on the ground or created using masking tape on a hard surface. Instead of using traditional numbers, the squares on the grid should be labeled with St. Patrick’s Day symbols such as a leprechaun hat, shamrock, or pot of gold. The game begins with the first player tossing a small object, such as a beanbag, onto one of the squares. The player then hops through the grid, avoiding the square with the object, and landing on the next square. If the player successfully hops through the entire grid, they toss the object onto the next square and the game continues. The player who completes the most rounds wins the game. Leprechaun Hopscotch is a fun and active way for children to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while also improving their balance, coordination, and gross motor skills.
Hot Potato is a fun game that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day parties or events. To play, gather the children in a circle and play traditional Irish music. Have the children pass around potato, pretending it’s hot. When the music stops, the child holding the potato is out. Continue playing until only one child remains. You can make the game more challenging by having the children pass the potato in a specific order or by adding additional objects that must be passed around the circle. The child who remains at the end of the game is the winner. Irish Hot Potato is a simple game that’s easy to set up and perfect for children of all ages.
So clover game
The So Clover Board Game is a fun and educational game that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a cooperative game that encourages players to work together to link together al the words in the game!
St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday to celebrate with children. These fun St. Patrick’s Day games for kids are perfect for parties, school events, or just a fun family activity. They’re easy to set up, and the children will love playing them. So, get ready to have some fun and celebrate the luck of the Irish!
Need more ideas for St. Patrick’s Day? Read: 20+ St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Kids