St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most beloved and anticipated holidays for children nationwide. For children, this fun holiday centers around leprechauns, good luck, shamrocks and rainbows.
This year, we have compiled a list of fun, family-friendly, and educational kids’ activities for St. Patrick’s Day that you can try on March 17th. Consider one or more of these great ideas this year to participate in this enjoyable holiday.
Learning on St. Patrick’s Day
Any day is a good day for learning and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. There are many fun opportunities for you to help your child learn about language, science, and creative development.
Rainbows are a common symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and are fun for all ages. For little ones it is a great opportunity to learn the names of the colors. For older kids, you can learn about what causes rainbows or how colors mix together to make other colors. This is a great time for experiments.
There are many kid-friendly poems and songs about St. Patrick’s day that are great for getting in the spirit of the holiday. Try the poems Five Green Shamrocks or I’m a Little Leprechaun. If you are feeling particularly inventive, you could even write your own poems and songs with your child.
Make a St. Patrick’s Day Feast
For many, perhaps one of the most well-known traditions associated with the holiday of St. Patrick’s Day is the consumption of corned beef and cabbage. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish dish that consists of corned beef and boiled cabbage, as well as a variety of other additions, which could include potatoes, turnips, parsnips, carrots, and any other vegetables that may traditionally go well in a stew.
It is impossible to find a single, encompassing recipe for corned beef and cabbage, since there are varied traditions and recipes available for this quintessential dish. Therefore it is a perfect time to try out different recipes or create your own family recipe for this iconic dish.
This is a perfect opportunity for your child to help in the kitchen. Older children can help with peeling, mixing, and adding spices. Younger children can help with measuring, getting items out of the refrigerator, and other supervised activities.
Make Green Shamrocks or Four Leaf Clovers
Shamrocks and four leaf clovers have become popular symbols of St. Patrick’s Day. Have some green fun by making shamrocks and lucky four leaf clovers from craft supplies you already have at home. You can use green construction paper to make shamrock cutouts, or paint pictures of shamrocks. You can make a keepsake shamrock using green paint and your child’s hand-prints. You could even grab some white t-shirts and let the kids paint on them to wear around town on this wonderful holiday. If you start ahead of the holiday, you can make cards with your child to send to family members. It is a sweet way to say hello to loved ones.
Hiding the Pot of Gold
According to legends told about leprechauns, these tiny magical men allegedly possess a pot of gold, which sits at the end of a rainbow. As children, many of us searched high and low to find the rainbow’s end.
This year, you can turn this fun traditional idea into a great kids’ activity for St. Patrick’s Day. Instead of a rainbow, create a scavenger hunt list that contains various clues about where you have hidden treasure around the house or in the yard, such as chocolate gold coins or other kid-friendly items. Then, let your little ones spend part of the day following the clues, searching for anything they can find. For some additional fun, consider dressing up like a leprechaun to add to the magic of this holiday.
Try these St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids
Are you looking for a few fun and exciting ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year? If so, keep in mind these great activities that are family-friendly and perfect to try when March 17th finally arrives. Take a look at our Pinterest page for instructions on these activities and more: https://www.pinterest.com/imaginetoys/st-patricks-day/