St Patrick’s Day is a global holiday. You don’t have to be Irish or know your historical trivia to get into the St Patrick’s Day spirit right here in America. All you need is creativity, some arts and craft supplies, and an article of green clothing, and you can make your own luck of the Irish!
(Tip: While doing any of these fun activities, you are highly encouraged to play some fun and lively Irish music in the background. Here’s a fun YouTube instrumental to get you started.)
St Patrick’s Popsicles!
A festive and tasty treat for the holiday! Mix together lemonade with a few drops of green food coloring to get the shade of “St. Patrick’s Day Green” that you want. Then pour it into an ice cube tray and cover with clear plastic wrap. Stick a tooth pick or popsicle stick into each square and place in the freezer until frozen. Or just make green ice cubes and use them to keep your favorite fruity drinks (or water) cold on St.Patrick’s day!
Holiday themed stamps are a great way to make arts and crafts time special. A fun and thrifty way to make those stamps is with a potato. Cut a potato in half, then place a piece of paper over it. If you’re feeling artistic, draw a shamrock, pot of gold or leprechaun hat on the paper with a permanent marker. Or print an outline that you like from online and trace it with a permanent marker. The ink that bled through the paper will leave an outline of the shape on the potato that you can (carefully) carve out.
Leprechaun for the Home
Kids can make a leprechaun friend for the house using green construction paper, green pipe cleaners and small cotton balls. Cut out a body and head for the leprechaun from construction paper, then attached the pipe cleaners to make the arms and legs. Lastly, glue the cotton balls onto the face, to make a little white beard. The pipe cleaners will let your leprechaun hang and hold on to different surfaces, making him fun to hide and find!
Sugar cookies with St. Patrick’s Day flair! Cut out a shamrock stencil from an outline on paper. Put a thin layer of white frosting on each cookie. Place your stencil over the sugar cookies and pour green sprinkles or decorative sugar over it. Carefully remove the stencil. The frosting will hold the sprinkles in place, leaving you with a festive cookie!
Pot of Gold Hunt
For this game, get some chocolate coins and a container (Most people don’t have a classic leprechaun pot, but a Tupper ware or shoe box works perfectly). Hide the coins around the home or yard while the kids cover their eyes. Once everything is in place, the hunt is on to see who can find the most coins and bring them back to your family’s pot of gold. The game is over when all coins are found, divided, and eaten!
Remember as you enjoy these fun St. Patrick’s Day activities, there are always things that you can add to the festivities. Music, decorations and clothing can help make your St. Patrick’s Day stand out as a special celebration. And remember, as the old saying goes, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough!”
Photo Credit: Bill Davenport