Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day With Kids
When March rolls around, it’s time to break out the green
t-shirt and grab your four-leaf clovers to help celebrate
St. Patrick’s Day. It’s usually known as an Irish celebration, but it can be fun for kids of all ethnicities. Here are just a few activities providers can do during March to celebrate the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.
Finding Treasure – One of the stories surrounding St. Patrick’s Day is that there is a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow. A fun activity for your kids to do is think about what they would do if they found a pot of gold. Would they buy tons of candy? Give it to their family? It’s a fun way for kids to start thinking about what’s important in their lives, and who they would share their treasures with.
Make Shamrocks out of Bell Peppers – The shamrock is one of the most famous symbols of St. Patrick’s Day, and you can make them out of bell peppers. Simply cut a bell pepper in half, and the shape will typically be that of what a shamrock looks like. Dip edges of the half of the bell pepper into paint, and then have kids stamp it on a piece of paper to make the shamrock shape. They can make several stamps, in green or other colors, and create their own St. Patrick’s Day art. (https://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/how-to-make-bell-pepper-shamrock-stamps)
Play St. Patrick’s Day Bingo – You can buy St. Patrick’s Day themed bingo cards, or make your own with symbolic shapes like four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, rainbows, etc., Then you give each kid a card, and call out the shapes at random. Kids will block out the shapes on their card until they have a bingo. You can reward them with treats, or free play time. It can be whatever you want! (https://www.amazon.com/St-Patricks-Bingo-Players-Shamrock-Supplies/dp/B081TYXV3F/ref=dp_prsubs_1?pd_rd_i=B081TYXV3F&psc=1)
Create Sidewalk Chalk Designs – This a quick and easy way to get kids outside. Buy a box of sidewalk chalk, make sure you have all the colors of the rainbow. This does not have to be expensive. You can find chalk at the dollar store. Then, have kids go outside and create St. Patrick’s Day designs with their rainbow chalk on the sidewalk, or on a concrete patio. They can even create hop-scotch boxes to jump to. Simple, easy, and fun! (https://indywithkids.com/st-patricks-day-activities/)