St Patricks Day Activities for Kids: Fun Ideas to Celebrate the Holiday


As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, it’s time to plan some exciting St. Patricks day activities for kids to celebrate this festive holiday. From arts and crafts to games and traditions, there are numerous ways to engage children and make the most of this spirited occasion. In this article, I will share a variety of St. Patrick’s Day activities that will entertain and educate kids, helping them appreciate Irish culture and traditions.

 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

 1. Shamrock Sun Catcher

– Green construction paper
– Clear contact paper
– Scissors
– Hole punch
– Green ribbon

1. Cut out a shamrock shape from the green construction paper.
2. Cut two equal-sized pieces of contact paper, slightly larger than the shamrock.
3. Peel the backing off one piece of contact paper and place the shamrock in the center.
4. Attach the second piece of contact paper on top to seal the shamrock between the two sheets.
5. Use a hole punch to create a hole at the top of the sun catcher.
6. Thread a green ribbon through the hole and tie a knot.
7. Hang the sun catcher near a window to enjoy the colorful display.

2. Leprechaun Hat Pencil Topper

– Black and green craft foam
– Scissors
– Glue
– Pencils

1. Cut a strip of green craft foam to fit around the pencil.
2. Cut out a small square from black craft foam to create the hat’s brim.
3. Glue the green strip onto the pencil, near the eraser.
4. Glue the black brim onto the top of the green strip.
5. Allow the glue to dry completely before using the pencil topper.

 3. Rainbow Paper Chain

– Construction paper in various colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)
– Scissors
– Glue or tape

1. Cut the construction paper into long, thin strips.
2. Take one strip of each color and form a loop, gluing or taping the ends together.
3. Slip the next color strip through the first loop and form another loop, securing it together.
4. Continue this process with all the colors until you have a vibrant paper chain.
5. Hang the paper chain around the house as a cheerful St. Patrick’s Day decoration.

St. Patrick’s Day Games for Kids

4. Lucky Coin Toss

– Plastic coins (or make your own from cardboard)
– Empty buckets or containers
– Masking tape

1. Place several empty buckets or containers on the floor.
2. Mark a throwing line using masking tape, a few feet away from the buckets.
3. Assign point values to each bucket (higher values for smaller or farther buckets).
4. Have the kids take turns tossing the coins and aiming for the buckets.
5. Award points based on where the coins land.
6. The player with the highest score wins the game.

5. Pin the Hat on the Leprechaun

– Large poster board or whiteboard
– Marker
– Green construction paper
– Double-sided tape
– Blindfold


1. Draw a leprechaun’s face on the poster board or whiteboard
2. Cut out a hat shape from green construction paper.
3. Attach a small piece of double-sided tape to the back of the hat.
4. Blindfold one player, spin them around gently, and hand them the hat.
5. The player tries to stick the hat on the leprechaun’s head while blindfolded.
6. The player who gets closest to the correct position wins the game.

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions for Kids

 6. Wearing Green

Encourage kids to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day to avoid getting pinched. Explain the tradition of wearing green to celebrate Irish heritage and folklore.

7. Leprechaun Traps

Help children design and create their own leprechaun traps using craft supplies and recyclable materials. Let their imagination run wild as they construct elaborate contraptions in hopes of catching a leprechaun and finding his pot of gold.

8. Irish Dance

Introduce kids to the lively and rhythmic world of Irish dance. Arrange for a dance instructor to teach them some traditional Irish steps, or simply play Irish music and encourage them to freestyle and enjoy the music.

 9. Storytelling

Gather children for a storytelling session that focuses on Irish folklore and legends. Share stories about leprechauns, banshees, and mythical creatures to ignite their imagination and introduce them to the rich Irish storytelling tradition.

10. Irish Baking

Invite kids into the kitchen to prepare traditional Irish recipes such as soda bread, Irish stew, or shamrock-shaped cookies. Let them assist with measuring ingredients, mixing the dough, and decorating the treats. It’s a delightful way to experience Irish culinary culture.


St. Patrick’s Day provides a wonderful opportunity to engage children in fun and educational activities that celebrate Irish culture and traditions. From creative crafts and entertaining games to engaging in meaningful traditions, there are endless ways to make this holiday memorable for kids. By incorporating these St. Patrick’s Day activities into your celebrations, you can create lasting memories and foster a love for the rich heritage associated with this vibrant holiday.


Q1: What are some other St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids?

A1: Apart from the crafts mentioned in this article, you can also try making paper shamrock garlands, leprechaun paper bag puppets, or rainbow mobiles using paper plates and streamers.

Q2: Are there any outdoor activities suitable for St. Patrick’s Day?

A2: Yes! Organize a treasure hunt in your backyard, hiding gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins for kids to find. You can also arrange a St. Patrick’s Day-themed scavenger hunt with clues and riddles related to Irish culture.

Q3: Can you suggest a simple St. Patrick’s Day game for a large group of kids?

A3: One fun game for a large group is “Pass the Shamrock.” Kids sit in a circle and pass a foam or paper shamrock while music plays. When the music stops, the player holding the shamrock is out. The last remaining player wins!

Q4: How can I involve my child in St. Patrick’s Day traditions if we’re not Irish?

A4: St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration for everyone! Encourage your child to learn about Irish culture, read books about Ireland, cook Irish recipes together, and enjoy the festive spirit. It’s a chance to embrace diversity and learn about different cultures.

Q5: Are there any virtual St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids?

A5: Absolutely! Many museums, cultural centers, and organizations offer virtual events and workshops during St. Patrick’s Day. Look for online storytelling sessions, crafts tutorials, or live performances of Irish music and dance that your child can enjoy from home.

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Cat Hocking

With decades of experience in creating and finding kids activities I created Activity Kits For Kids to share craft, games and story activities with those who look after or work with young children. I believe kids activities should always be fun and educational. The benefits are unlimited.

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