Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Children

I love the celebrating the small holidays, like St. Patrick's Day. St. Paddy's Day doesn't carry hefty expectations or the big price tag that other holidays do (cough Christmas cough). Children enjoy celebrating and doing something new and fun so why not make St. Patrick's Day kid friendly and make new family memories and traditions. However, I'm not interested in “Pinteresting” every special event, meaning that I’m not going to scour the site in search of elaborate crafts or meals, so here are some simple ways for the every day Mom to celebrate the luck of the Irish with their kids.

Decorate your Home
Add green streamers in your doorway, use festive balloons as a centerpiece or tape shamrocks to your windows. The simplest green decor can be festive.

Have a Shamrock Hunt
Similar to an egg hunt, hide foam shamrocks around the house. When all the shamrocks have been found, the kids receive a small prize (toy, stickers or treat). Here is a fun idea for an indoor scavenger hunt I plan to do with Connor and Macie.

Enjoy a Green Smoothie
Smoothies are a big hit in our house. Add in some kale or spinach to give your strawberry banana treat a pop of green. Added bonus: your little one is getting a serving of veggies!

Hunt for a Four Leaf Clover
In your yard, at the park, anywhere grass grows is the perfect place to search for the illusive clover. While they are tough to come by, it would be an extra special surprise if you do!

Tell a Joke
Connor has recently discovered the humor of knock knock jokes. Here is a list of kid friendly jokes and riddles. My favorite? Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun? Because they are always a little short!

Coloring a Picture
I can't be the only grown up that loves coloring? Print a coloring sheet, color away and hang the finished masterpiece on the fridge. Connor loves seeing his art work and thanks to the Internet you can get free printables for this activity.

Enjoy Green Frosting
Green frosted cake, cookies, brownies or cupcakes make for a fun treat for the holiday. Serve with green milk (milk with a few drops of food coloring) and you will have an instant hit!

Use Your Green Thumb
Wishing for Spring? Have your little one plant their own flowers in a pot they can decorate themselves. Spend the next few months watching your flower grow from a seed to a thriving flower.

Read About St. Patrick's Day
The Story of Saint Patrick's Day by Patricia A. Pingry is one we've read before. The story begins with the traditional symbols of the day that are often found in schoolrooms, such as shamrocks, harps, and leprechauns. Then moves to a short biography of Saint Patrick himself: as a shepherd, as a missionary, and as a teacher. Head to your local library and find books fit for the green holiday. 

Make a Craft
You don't have to do anything over the top. Search Pinterest for simple St. Patrick's Day craft and you will find something for whatever age range you are working with. I'm a huge fun of hand print crafts and there are tons that result in some lovely keepsakes.

However you spend the holiday, be sure to have some fun. And don't forget to wear something green! 


  1. I used to love St. Patrick's Day as a kid and all these ideas sound great!

  2. I love all the small Holiday's too! They are so much more fun with kids! I love the St. Patty's Day scavenger hunt! What a fun idea! These are all great!

  3. This is a great list, even though I don't have kids, I teach PreK so I may just use some of these in my classroom! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love this! I'm excited to share in holidays so much more since having Jack. Everything is more fun!

  5. Such cute ideas. I need to plan out a few things for the girls

  6. Fun ideas. I always feel like we should be doing something fun, but beyond green clover pancakes I run out of ideas.

  7. I love all of these ideas! We celebrate BIG in our house for the holidays! The kids really make it fun!

  8. What a great collection of ideas. Sounds super fun!

  9. Totally stealing the shamrock hunt idea. Marcus has recently gotten into games like hide and seek, and I have a feeling this will be right up his alley!
    Solid ideas, friend, as usual. :)

  10. What a great list of ideas! Definitely gonna incorporate a few! Thanks!

  11. Such a fun list! Making green lemonade was always a favorite at my house.

  12. Great, great ideas! Love this list, saying hello from the Tuesday talk link party! :-)
    Cathy@ three kids and a fish

  13. What a fun idea! I was just talking with a friend about how St Patty's Day is often overlooked because of Easter. I will be doing some of these with Mason. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Great list! I love the shamrock hunt idea - my kids would love that! We also got our kids the St Patrick DVD from CCC. Can't wait to give it to them :) Pinning this lust! Thanks for sharing this with us for Tuesday Talk! - Jess

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