It’s not just green beer anymore. We are moms, so let’s hear it for March 17th and discover some amazing St. Patrick’s Day ideas for kids to do on this magical day. Did you know St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival on the planet? In a world where things are constantly changing and frankly a little crazy, we can use this fun holiday as an excuse to stir things up and have some fun! Magic is all around us and as moms we need to harness it to make memories, create fun and instill a little joy in the ones we love the most. So, what can we do?
The internet has some great ideas on how to make this day fun and special, but I want you to have a list of things that don’t require being a craft queen, spending a ton of money, or being a perfect mom. I have separated it by age groups to give you a quick and easy way to get started.
Preschool Age Kids:
Paint rocks and place them around your neighborhood. Make it magical with fake coins and rainbows. Go to the dollar store and find some fun magical things to hide around the house so the kids can find what the magical leprechaun has left behind.
Play St. Paddy’s Day games! Easy to do if you have a printer, some colorful marshmallows and a box of lucky charms. The best part about this is that you can incorporate colors, letters or just make an edible sensory table and have at it!
The more mess you make the more fun your kids will have! Don’t stress about getting dirty because at the end of it you just plop them in a green glow stick bath while playing a fun Irish jig and call it a day!
School Age Kiddos:
STEAM Projects equal leprechaun traps! This one is the most fun and it can be as big or as small as you want! Gather boxes, string and anything to decorate it. Set your trap(s) and wait for the little guy. We have even left traps up overnight so the kids could wake up to find some treats under them thinking they caught the leprechaun. This was fun to watch as their eyes sparkled with wonderment, joy and a bit of nervousness with anticipation that they did indeed catch at leprechaun.
Try opposite day where you give them dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner but make sure you start with desert.
Plan a Scavenger Hunt. Place clues all over the house for the kids to find something magical at the end. You could do this around your neighborhood or in your house. You can make riddles, have them solve clues or just draw a map.
Launch a prank war with them as the “Spirit of the Leprechaun” takes over! Squirt them with water, whip cream, shoot them with marshmallows. Your teen may not find it as funny as you – will but hey, its St. Patrick’s Day!
Play Minute to Win It Games! It’s always fun to do family challenges and get those competitive juices flowing. You can make any of these games more of a St. Patrick’s Day edition by making some elements green, including shamrocks, dancing an Irish jig, or speaking in and Irish accent. You could even make it “high stakes” and play for gold chocolate coins.
Tape paper shamrocks on their bedroom door with special notes of encouragement. Everyone can use a positive boost, teens more than most (even if they don’t admit it).
Research your family history together or make up a funny new one because aren’t we all Irish on this day? You could make a family crest together, serious or points for being super silly.
We all know our teens love to eat, so cook some Irish food and enjoy it with them. Finish it off by baking green treats for friends and family!
Learn about the history of St. Patrick’s Day or enjoy Irish movies and music. Anything to make memories with your teen is a win in my book!
Whatever you decide to do with your kiddos today, just remember to laugh, listen and let go. Have fun and make some memories. It’s one day where we can all be Irish. So, wear your green, kiss your family and look for that magical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
“May you have all the happiness and
luck that life can hold—and at the end
of your rainbows may you find a pot of gold.”
– Old Irish Blessing