Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Kids: Activity Ideas
Do some parents take St. Patrick’s Day too far? And by some, I mean me? Sometimes I think I might, but as I told a friend recently, it’s probably the easiest holiday for a parent to inject a little fun into. We love our St. Patrick’s Day traditions in our house and had a blast celebrating earlier this week.
Holidays like Christmas can take weeks if not months of planning (especially if you strive to be an organized gift giver and bargain hunter like I am!). And let’s not forget the Elf on the Shelf element. He shows up for nearly a month requiring thought and planning every night from parents. He has also been known to cause parents sheer panic in the middle of the night when they wake up trying to remember if they moved their Elf. Easter and the Easter Bunny? That requires shopping as well (likely multiple trips), putting it all together in nice little Easter baskets and then perhaps organizing an Easter egg hunt on the actual holiday. The tooth fairy? Don’t get me started on the tooth fairy – one of the trickiest parenting jobs out there.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with kids can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. Here are a few ideas for creating some holiday fun.
Ideas for Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Children
Leave small treasures from the Leprechaun. Have your kids leave their shoes by their beds (or outside their bedroom door – again, remember the tooth fairy dilemma). Put a couple gold coins, Rolos, or rainbow candy in their shoes.
Go green. Dye the milk green. Add some green food coloring to the toilet water. Get creative!
Create some Leprechaun mischief. If you’re prepared to do a little clean-up the next day, you can mess up the house a bit – tie the kids shoes together, use a dry erase marker and draw mustaches on the kids’ pictures (in glass picture frames, of course, which can easily be removed the next day).
Built a Leprechaun trap. Let your kids try to “catch” the Leprechaun. This year, the act of creating a trap was a great project the kids did with their babysitter after school. They worked on their traps for hours. They were so excited to pick where they would put their traps for the night – figuring out the perfect place to catch a Leprechaun. There was a lot of thought and planning that went into it. Watching their minds work was just amazing as a parent.
On St. Patrick’s Day morning, laying in bed listening to the pitter patter of the kids’ feet as they run downstairs to see what mischief our Leprechaun has caused is well worth it (even if they do drag me out of bed long before I’m ready to take a tour of the house and see what mischief unfolded while we slept!). Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day certainly doesn’t have to involve too many traditions or planned activities (just wearing green is great!), but it’s something our family enjoys. If you’re looking for new traditions to start, visits from the Leprechaun are fun for all.