Don’t miss a golden opportunity to celebrate! Enjoy the day with these St. Patrick’s activities for kids.
St. Patrick’s Day Activities
St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect day to take a break from the daily grind and do something special. After all, it falls in March, and the tail end of winter needs a pick-me-up! The holiday doesn’t involve spending a lot of money or putting in much advance preparation, so it is low on stress and high on fun.
These activities capture the spirit of the day; they are both fun and easy to do. With these themed St Patrick’s activities for kids, this lucky day may soon be your kids’ favorite.
What Is St. Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17 each year, the day that St. Patrick died (way back in the year 461). St. Patrick is responsible for bringing Christianity to the Irish people. He used three-leaved shamrocks to explain that God was three Persons on One: Father, Son, and Spirit.
When Irish immigrants moved to America, they brought the religious holiday with them. Once in America, it morphed into a celebration of all things Irish: Irish foods, Irish culture, and Celtic lore. You can read more about the history of St. Patrick’s Day here.
St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids
These St. Patrick’s Activities for kids will make the day memorable and enjoyable–whether or not you are Irish!
Would You Rather Questions
Everyone loves Would You Rather questions, and these 25 questions are themed for St. Patrick’s Day. Some are wild and wacky, but all are sure to be entertaining. Would You Rather questions are an easy and fun way to mark the holiday.
Hunt for Gold
Why should Easter be the only holiday with a hunt? Buy some plastic gold coins and hide them all around. Kids will love finding the coins. You can even have a prize bin where the kids redeem their coins for prizes.
There is no shortage of green food dye on St. Patrick’s Day, but I love to take a healthy twist on the holiday with Green Mint Smoothies.
Add one banana, ice cubes, a scoop of vanilla protein, powder, dairy or non-dairy milk, a handful of spinach, and a drop of peppermint extract or food-grade peppermint essential oil to a blender and whir till smooth. You can’t even taste the spinach!
Follow the Rainbow
Leprechauns hide their gold at the end of the rainbow, and you can hide a prize at the end of yours. Buy rainbow yarn and loop it around a prize. Hide the prize in a room and then weave the yarn all around the room to make a web. Give the child one end of the yarn to wind up until she reaches the treasure.
Read All About It
Pick up a St. Patty’s Day book to read together. Check out this list of 10 St. Patrick’s Day children’s books for inspiration. As an alternative to a picture book, you could research the history of the holiday or read a biography of Saint Patrick.
Theme Your School Day
Don’t stick with the same lessons when you could do a theme day! The writing lesson is much more fun when you start with a St. Patrick’s Day writing prompt. Take it up a notch with this rainbow writing paper. Better yet, make the entire day St. Patty’s Day themed with this mini unit study.
Poetry Corner – Limericks
Did you know there is an Irish county named Limerick? Guess what was invented there? The limerick is a traditional rhyming poem with 5 lines. You can read aloud limericks (Edward Lear’s are absolute classics) or write your own. They are simple enough for kids to compose:
There once was a day for St. Patty
A favorite of each lass and laddie
They said, “We will eat
Each and every green sweet,
And so we’ll be active and chatty!”
Poetry Corner – Acrostics
Try your hand at an acrostic poem (where each letter in a designated word begins a line) using this Shamrock Acrostic Poem template.
With all the talk of green shamrocks and colorful rainbows, this day just begs for crafts. Check out this Edible Green Playdough or these Coffee Filter Shamrocks (perfect for preschool!). Do you want some rainbow craft ideas? No problem! We’ve got 7 right here!
Activities for St. Patrick’s Day
These simple and fabulous St. Patrick’s Activities for kids will multiply the fun in your school day or family time. Take a break from the routine and mix things up with these enjoyable activities for kids of all ages.