St. Patrick’s Day Activities for the Family
All kids dream about following a leprechaun and finding his pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Capture some of that imagination and magic this year with these festive St. Patrick’s Day activities for the whole family.
Paper Leprechaun Hats
Look up a few legends about leprechauns, and share them with your kids. Tell them that leprechauns are magical and mischievous creatures – difficult to catch and even harder to hold onto. According to some accounts, leprechauns will either grant you three wishes, or lead you to treasure. Imagine what you would do with three wishes or a pot of gold as you’re making your own leprechaun hats.
Cut a headband out of green poster board that’s slightly larger than your child’s head. Cut a hat shape out of green construction paper, and glue a thick black strip of paper onto it. Cut the center out of a yellow square that’s a bit taller than the black strip, and glue it on top to form a gold buckle. Tape the hat to the headband, and tape or staple the headband to fit.
Pot o’ Gold Treasure Hunt
While your children are asleep (or occupied with another activity), hide a stash of chocolate gold coins, small toys or other treats throughout your yard or house. If you’re worried about forgetting where things are hidden, keep a list as you go. Then tell your kids a leprechaun had just stopped by to hide surprises from his pot o’ gold for them – and set them off on a treasure hunt.
An Irish Meal
Make a hearty and simple St. Patrick’s Day meal with a pot of soup and homemade Irish soda bread. The bread recipe only requires a few ingredients, and it’s so easy that it’s perfect for kids to help. They’ll love taking turns mixing and kneading the dough. Combine 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add 1 cup buttermilk (or whole milk with lemon juice or vinegar), and beat until you can form dough into a ball. Stir in more buttermilk if it’s too crumbly, then pat into a loaf on a lightly floured surface. Place the loaf on a buttered baking sheet, and slash an X on the top. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown, at 425 degrees F.
Kiss the Blarney Stone Game
Draw a picture of a large Blarney Stone on a poster board, and hang it on a wall. Play a silly St. Patrick’s Day version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey – Kiss the Blarney Stone. Put lipstick on each of the players, blindfold them and turn them around a few times. Then have them try to plant a kiss on the Blarney Stone. Whoever gets closest wins a prize!