Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day can be loads of fun for kids, and, since spring is right around the corner, it’s also a great time to get outside and explore. Check out these good-as-gold St. Patrick’s Day activities and games: follow the after-school schedule or choose the St. Patrick’s Day game your kids will like best!
Go for Gold
A St. Patrick’s Day game such as a scavenger hunt is a great way to burn off that after-school energy! Make a list of everyday objects you’ve hidden around the house or yard and challenge your child to find them. Add a twist by tasking the kids to find “something green” and “something gold”. Be sure to include the proverbial pot of gold (a pasta pot will do in a pinch, and yes, we know that’s a pot of silver) at the end of your search filled with a fun St. Paddy’s Day surprise—a few coins or candies.
Arts & Crafts, Celtic Style
For this St. Patrick’s Day game, search for a shamrock template online, print, and cut out a master. Then let the kids loose with green construction paper, glitter glue, and markers and watch as your home begins to sparkle like the Emerald Isles. Older kids can even make shamrock garlands! Once the shamrocks are dry, use them for shamrock hopscotch or a good old fashioned game of hot lava.
Read All About It
Your local library is a great place to pick up some Irish folk tales or St. Paddy’s day stories. And while that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow may only live in fairytales, your kids will get a kick out of learning how real rainbows form. Take discovery to the next level and create your own rainbows using a prism at home.
Unicorn & Leprechaun Hide & Seek
Turn a traditional game of hide-and-seek green with Rainbow Prancers & leprechauns! Players start by choosing one “Rainbow Prancer” unicorn. (If you’ve got a Rainbow Prancer Puppet-on-a-Stick, be sure to give it to the unicorn player!) The unicorn hides and the rest of your little leprechauns search for him or her. (If your crew created shamrock art, pin one to each player’s shirt to identify them as leprechauns.) As each player finds the unicorn, they quietly join her and become unicorns, too! The St. Patrick’s Day game continues until the last leprechaun joins the herd of unicorns.
Cheers to a St Patrick’s Day full of fun, luck & a little magic!