8 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids
There’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than wearing green! What else can you do with your child to celebrate this springtime holiday? Take a look at these eight St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids.
You can add green food coloring to cookie dough and pancake, waffle, cupcake, or muffin batter…but you can go healthy (and natural), too. Try green grapes, kiwi, granny smith apples, honeydew melon, green bell pepper, green beans, zucchini, lettuce, celery, broccoli, avocado/guacamole, pesto, peas, cucumber, and more.
Play Irish Music
Use your favorite music streaming service to find authentic Irish tunes and play them throughout the day. Replace your child’s normal naptime music with instrumental Celtic songs, and during a more active time, put on a lively jig and dance around together.
Attend a Parade
Does your town (or one nearby) host a St. Patrick’s Day parade? Make plans to go, and in the days leading up to it, make an Irish flag to hold or something fun to wear, like a leprechaun hat.
Delve into Irish History
This can be a fun topic, especially if your family is part Irish. Who was St. Patrick? Discover his story together. Does your child have the same name as a prominent person in Irish history? Do a little research to find out what this person was like. Does your family have an Irish last name? Explore its roots. And don’t forget about food! Learn about traditional Irish meals (and follow our next tip).
If your child likes to be in the kitchen, ask for help measuring, pouring, cutting, and mixing ingredients and whip up a feast together. Common St. Patrick’s Day foods include corned beef and cabbage, stew, shepherd’s pie, potato pancakes, and Irish soda bread.
Make a Rainbow
Depending on your child’s age, you can use fingerpaint or watercolors, explore a sensory bin full of colored spaghetti (simply put spaghetti and food coloring in a Ziploc bag and mix around), create soap bubbles, or catch natural light with old CDs or prisms and observe the refractions.
Search for Gold
If you took us up on our previous activity idea, you already made a rainbow…now it’s time to find the pot o’ gold to go with it. Set up a treasure or scavenger hunt for your child using clues that will lead from one point to the next. And don’t forget to hide gold at the end — you can use gold chocolate coins, Rolos, mini peanut butter cups, or any other gold-wrapped candy or chocolate.
Plant Clover Seeds
Do you consider clover a weed? Like it or not, four-leaf clovers and shamrocks are synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. And gardening is a great way to get outside with your child. Pick up some seeds (you can even order them online), soil, and a pot (maybe a green one?) so the clover doesn’t take over your lawn or garden, and work with your child to plant the seeds.
Whether you can’t find anything green in your child’s closet or you’re simply looking for a new way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, these eight fun-filled activities will help make March 17th enjoyable for everyone!