With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, are you feeling the pressure of finding something fun and engaging to keep your kids entertained and make memories? Look no further! We’ve got all sorts of ideas that will make this the best St. Patrick’s Day yet for everyone in your family. From crafts and treats, to games and books – we know that every mom will love these simple but effective activities perfect for kids of any age! So grab some green goodies, crank up the Irish fiddle music, and get ready to embrace a little luck o’ the Irish with us!
Make St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Let your kids get creative with some fun St. Patrick’s Day-themed crafts. Set up an art table for them and provide materials like green construction paper, glitter, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, markers and glue for making rainbows, leprechaun hats and shamrocks!
Wear something festive
Encourage your kids to dress in their best green outfits or accessories for the day! In our house, people who are wearing green can’t be seen by the leprechauns who like to pinch! Grab a cute St. Patrick’s themed t-shirt or just your favorite green shirt. When I was a kid, my mom would color a cute green shamrock on our hand or face too! You can even add fun headbands or jewelry.
Make a green treat
St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without some delicious treats! Make cupcakes with green frosting and shamrock sprinkles, or get some ice cream and decorate it with St. Patrick’s Day themed edible decorations like green gummy worms and mini chocolate coins!
Make a St. Patrick’s Themed Breakfast
Start your morning off with a fun St. Patrick’s Day breakfast! Prepare green eggs and ham for the kids, or just dye their pancakes or waffles green. You can also make shamrock-shaped sandwiches, cereal bowls of Lucky Charms or even make some rainbow toast!
Embrace leprechaun pranks
Part of the magic of St. Patrick’s Day is that leprechauns are tricksters! They can hide lucky charms throughout the house, leave a trail of gold coins, or put green glitter on everything! Fun leprechaun pranks can include:
- Turn milk green with food coloring.
- Fill the toilet bowl with green water. Just add a few drops of green food coloring to make it look like the Leprechauns made a tinkle in the toilet.
- Put green tinsel or glitter around the house.
- Leave leprechaun footprints that lead to a treasure.
- Let the leprechaun be naughty and make a mess. Dump out the Lucky Charms all over the table, overturn the laundry hamper, or spread green glitter all over the house!
Eat mint ice cream
Mint ice cream is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Just buy a carton of your favorite mint-flavored ice cream and scoop it into green bowls for an extra festive treat. Serve it with some chocolate sauce and rainbow sprinkles for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day dessert!
Make green slime
Slime is always a hit with kids, and making some green slime for St. Patrick’s Day can be a super fun activity! Mix together some simple ingredients like glue, baking soda and food coloring for an easy recipe that will make your house smell like minty freshness. Let the kids get creative by adding glitter or shamrock confetti to their slime.
Eat an Irish dinner
What better way to finish off your St. Patrick’s Day celebration than an Irish-inspired dinner? Make some classic dishes like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie or Irish stew. Or try something a little different like spinach salad with boiled eggs, potatoes with parsley sauce, or bangers and mash (mashed potatoes with sausages in gravy).
Hold a Leprechaun House Lego Challenge
Lego building is a great way to keep kids entertained, and adding a St. Patrick’s Day theme can make it even more fun! Have your kids build the luckiest Leprechaun House they can imagine, with green doors and windows, rainbow roofs, and leprechaun hats on top. You can also create some fun Leprechaun mini-figs to put inside the house and make a leprechaun’s garden with shamrocks and four leaf clovers.
Have an Irish dance party
What better way to let out all that St. Patrick’s Day energy than by having an Irish dance party? Put on some traditional Irish music and have your guests show off their jigging skills. For the little ones, you can teach them a few easy Irish steps like the Highland Fling or the reel. Or just let them dance however they want – it’s all about having fun!
Make soda bread
Soda bread is a classic Irish dish and it’s surprisingly easy to make! All you need are some basic baking ingredients like flour, baking soda, buttermilk and butter. The dough will bake up soft and golden in about an hour – serve it warm with lots of butter for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day treat.
Make a fruit rainbow
Kids love to snack, so why not make something fun and colorful for them to enjoy? Cut up some fresh fruit in the colors of a rainbow – red strawberries, orange oranges, yellow lemons, green apples, blueberries and purple grapes. Arrange the fruit on a plate or in a bowl and let your kids make their own delicious edible rainbows!
Do a gold coin scavenger hunt
Gold coins are an iconic symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, and a scavenger hunt is the perfect way to incorporate them into your celebration. Hide gold-colored coins around the house or yard and let your guests search for them. The person who finds the most coins wins a prize – maybe some sweet treats or even a pot of gold!
Learn about St. Patrick and Ireland
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration is a great opportunity to learn about Ireland’s history and culture. Read books about Saint Patrick or take a virtual tour of some famous Irish landmarks like Blarney Castle or the Cliffs of Moher.
Listen to fiddle music
Fiddle music is a traditional Irish genre that’s been around for centuries. Put on some classic reels and jigs from well-known fiddlers like John Carty or Liz Carroll, or find some modern versions from artists like Natalie MacMaster or Eileen Ivers. It’s the perfect background music for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
Play a game of Irish trivia
Test your guests’ knowledge of Ireland with an Irish trivia game. Ask questions about popular landmarks, famous writers and musicians, or historical figures like Saint Patrick himself – whoever gets the most answers right wins the game! It’s a fun way to learn about Ireland while having a bit of friendly competition.
Read an Irish story or St. Patrick’s day book
Reading stories out loud is another great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Try classic Irish folklore like The Giant of Knockmany Hill or tales from the Emerald Isle like How the Leprechaun Got His Hat. Or find a child-friendly book about St. Patrick’s Day, with plenty of fun facts and myths about the holiday.
Shamrocks are the traditional symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and they make a great addition to your home or yard. Plant some shamrock seeds in small pots and give them out as gifts, or let your kids decorate their own pot with stickers or paint. With a bit of care and attention, you can have beautiful four-leaf clovers growing in no time!
Drink something green
End your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with a fun and festive drink! Mix together some ginger ale and green food coloring or create a fruity smoothie with spinach and banana for a healthier option. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be enjoyed by all!
Build a leprechaun trap
Let the kids get creative by making their own leprechaun trap! Use recycled materials like cardboard, paper, and sticks to build a structure that’s designed to lure in a leprechaun and keep him inside. Give your child plenty of guidance and help them design something unique – you never know when you might catch one. One of my sons in particular loves this tradition! We’ve never caught a leprechaun yet, but he loves trying!
Attend a St. Patrick’s day Parade
If you’re lucky enough to be in a city that does a St. Patrick’s Day parade, take advantage of the opportunity and attend! Parades usually include loads of marching bands, colorful floats, and even some traditional Irish dancers. It’s a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday and honor the Irish heritage.
No matter how you celebrate, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun and festive occasion that can be enjoyed by all. With some careful planning, you can create an unforgettable day of family fun! Enjoy!
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