5 Fun Things to Do With Your Kids on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and what better time to get kids excited about the spring months to come than by celebrating the holiday with some fun activities? Kids may be eager to get on their feet and to get outside, and whether the weather is permitting or not, some of these St. Patrick’s Day activities can help them celebrate all things green and lucky in preparation for the warm weather to come.
Leprechaun Hat Garland

1.  Arts and crafts always make for a great holiday activity. Kids and parents can join together and make a variety of decorations, pictures and even items that you can dress up in for the occasion once they are finished. You can cut out and string together your own four-leaf clover garland! Drape it over your doorways or along the walls for decoration and good luck! Construction paper leprechaun hats and beards can make for funny costume accessories that you can wear throughout the day, as well.

2.  Baking is an activity that parents and kids can always find a way to make appropriate to fit a holiday and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception! You can have fun with shapes and scenes by creating four-leaf clovers, pots of gold, gold bits, rainbows and other items that you and your kids can dye with food coloring or decorate with frosting and sprinkles!

St. Patty’s Day cupcakes

3.  The weather may still be a bit chilly for some today but spring is still around the corner. Reading can still prove to be an exciting activity and personalized books, can encourage and excite kids about all of the activities they will soon be able to do outdoors when the weather gets warmer.  Books such as “My Fishing Adventure”, “My Camping Adventure” or “My Tea Party” can help inspire kids to move their activities outdoors and enjoy the fresh air.  You can also have a St. Patrick’s Day themed tea party outside or catch some fish to accompany a St. Patrick’s Day dinner!

4.  Take it outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and go on a scavenger hunt! If the snow (for those on the North East) allows it and has melted enough, you may be able to look for four-leaf clovers in your backyard, neighborhood or local park. If going outside is too difficult, make some extra four-leaf clovers when you make your paper garlands to create an indoor scavenger hunt, with additional chocolate coins and rainbow items thrown into the mix!
5.  No matter what sort of adventures you’ve had today, encourage kids to write and illustrate their own St. Patrick’s Day adventure book! They can write about an imaginary adventure or they can write about all of the fun things they did earlier today – or they can write about a mix of both!  Having kids write their own book can help boost their writing skills and their interest in reading. It will also give them a final product that they’d be proud of and that that they can share for years to come.

St. Patrick’s Day Tea Party

Fun Activities To Do With Your Kids on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s day is the first holiday where spring and warm weather are on the horizon. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep kids entertained and occupied on this holiday.

1.   Arts and crafts are a great activity for any holiday. They help kids learn and better understand the traditions of the holidays they are celebrating and let’s them be a part of it. One great activity is to make leprechaun hats and beards out of construction paper or felt to be worn all day or to play dress up games with. Plus, the photos of kids wearing these will be priceless.

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
2.  Bake themed cookies! Use cookie cutters to create four-leaf clovers, rainbows and pieces of gold. Use icing to creatively decorate these baked goods and let the kids get in on the action.

3.  Break out the Books! Reading about St. Patrick’s Day is another great activity. This will teach kids about the holiday they are participating in, whether they read books about leprechauns and rainbows or kid’s books on St. Patrick himself. Kids are more likely to read if they have a book on a subject relevant to their current lives, such as a holiday they are celebrating or a milestone they are aiming to accomplish.
I Rish I Was Reading
Reading personalized books published by KD Novelties, can help inspire kids to get outdoors. Their personalized adventure books such as My Fishing Adventure, My Camping Adventure or My Tea Party can help inspire kids to move their activities outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Have a St. Patrick’s Day themed tea party outside or catch some fish to accompany a St. Patrick’s Day dinner!

4.  Make a rainbow road to the front door! Kids can use colored chalk to draw rainbows on the sidewalk or driveway for leprechauns to find. This will help them get outdoors and get creative!

5.  Eat Green for the Day! Prepare naturally green foods such as peas, avocados, and broccoli.  However, parents can get creative and add green food coloring to mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, jello, pound cake or even lemonade.

6.  Find four leaf clovers! This is a great activity that directly ties in with the theme of the holiday and gets kids excited about being outdoors again.

7.  Make a shamrock necklace. Cut and decorate several shamrocks from green construction paper or craft foam and then punch a hole in it. Thread a piece of gold or green yarn through the hole to make a lucky necklace.  Shamrocks can be colored or painted and can be decorated with glitter.
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Rainbow Fruit
8.  Make a rainbow fruit salad. Cut up your favorite fruits (various colors) and display them as a rainbow.  Top it off with gold coins for the treasure at the end of the rainbow!

9.  Face Paint! Parents can never go wrong when it comes to face painting and kids love it.  Dress the children in green and paint a four-leaf clover on their face.

10.  Have kids create their own personalized St. Patrick’s Day adventure book! At the end of the day, have them make their own book describing all of the fun activities they did during the day, including rainbows, four-leaf clovers, gold and pictures. Personalized books are great ways to get kids to read, especially if they write one themselves!