Corned beef, cabbage, and beer are definitely not kid-friendly cuisine but never fear – there are a ton of fun (and yummy) ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s day with your kids. Make your kids feel like the luckiest little leprechauns in town with these eight St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids!
Dress Up in Green
The pinching thing we can do without, but dressing up in your greenest garb is always fun! If your kids are in school, put a fun outfit together the night before. If you’ll be spending the day at home, get a little goofy with it and challenge each other to put on as many green items as you can.
Read all about St. Patty’s Day
We love this list of Irish-themed kids books from A Teachable Teacher. If you don’t want to spend money on new books, odds are your local library has some fun kids’ books that feature St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland, or leprechauns. If they’re all checked out, check out National Geographic Kids’ quick facts on St. Patrick’s Day.
Make Irish Soda Bread
If your child is old enough to help in the kitchen, whip up a loaf of Irish soda bread together. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of making bread – Irish soda bread comes together easily, doesn’t need any yeast or special flours, and can be baked on a regular old baking sheet.
Make fizzy shamrocks
This fizzy shamrock activity is equal parts craft and science experiment. It’s a simple St. Patty’s Day-themed take on the classic baking soda and vinegar experiment. A little green food coloring and some paper are the only other materials you need, making it the perfect activity if you don’t want to shop for new craft supplies.
Serve something green
While you’ve got that green food coloring on hand, put it to good use by surprising your kiddo with a green snack or drink. Even something as simple as green milk in the morning is enough to put a smile on their face!
Do a leprechaun photoshoot
Craft shamrock window hangings
Image from A Little Pinch of Perfect
You have a ton of options when it comes to shamrock crafts, but we’re partial to these colorful tissue paper shamrocks. They look lovely in the sunlight, and they’re perfect if you have a variety of ages. Older kids will have fun designing their “stain glass” cutouts, and preschoolers and toddlers will just love the chance to use a glue stick!
Lucky Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt
We love this easy St. Patrick’s Day game from Play Party Plan. All you need for the Lucky Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt are common household items and the free printable checklist. Once your little one has checked off the list, extend the game by asking them to hide their “treasure” like a leprechaun and play “Hot or Cold” as you search for the items!