There’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than corned beef and green beer. It’s a great reason to have fun and celebrate with the ones you love — Irish or not. There are so many ways to create some family fun for St. Patrick’s Day. Here are several St. Patrick’s Day activities you can enjoy as a whole family, from preschoolers to older kids to adults! If you are looking for St Patrick’s Day activities at home, 6 out of 7 of these will fit that bill and are a great way to enjoy this fun holiday.
7 Lucky St Patricks Day Activities For Preschoolers, Older Kids, And Parents
There are so many fun St. Patrick’s Day activities for families. Young children may enjoy sensory activities where they can become familiar with the shamrock shape and play with the colors of the rainbow. Older children may enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Craft. And then there are plenty of St. Patrick’s Day ideas that will keep all ages happy like decorating a shamrock cookie or having a dance party. Here are some of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day activities that I hope you enjoy.
Enjoy Irish Culture
Some really great music has come out of Ireland. Get your Irish eyes smiling and have a fun Irish music dance party as a fun way to get into the mood. With Irish artists like U2, The Cranberries, Sinéad O’Connor, and Van Morrison, there is loads of talent to enjoy. It may even be the perfect way to introduce Irish step dancing set to jigs and hornpipes. Or enjoy a movie set in Ireland — some family-friendly ones include Waking Ned Devine (PG) and The Secret of Roan Inish (PG).
Make Irish-Themed Crafts
Of all the St. Patrick’s Day activities kids will love, St. Patrick’s Day crafts can’t be overlooked. Stock up on craft supplies like pipe cleaners in different colors. cotton balls, and leprechaun gold for a pot of gold craft. Then get creative with your little leprechauns. Make St. Patrick’s Day party decorations of four-leaf clovers and rainbows with pots of gold. Sure crafts are a great way to develop fine motor skills but the best part is how much fun you will have! Find some great Irish inspiration on Pinterest or here are a few St. Patrick’s Day crafts to get you started:
All of these St Patrick’s day activities for kids and preschoolers will make great decorations and put everyone in a festive mood.
Play St. Paddy’s Day Games
Plan an Irish-themed family fun game night. Include games like hot potato or a “potato hunt” (like an Easter egg hunt but with potatoes). Create your own “Pot o’ Gold” scavenger hunt with a pot of chocolate gold coins at the end. See you can find a four leaf clover first. Have a treasure hunt and see who can find the gold chocolate coins first. You may even want to hide them at the end of a rainbow! Use pinterest to find some St. Patrick’s Day Printables like the one below or St. Patrick’s day bingo.
Go to a Parade
St. Patrick’s Day parades are pure family fun. Check event listings in your area to find one. Dress in your best St. Paddy’s attire and get ready to see bagpipers, Irish step dancers, and fire engines decorated for the holiday. Many parades and St. Patrick’s Day events include fun activities for the kids to keep them engaged. This is one of the best ways to make St Patricks Day for kids a memorable event.
Learn About St. Patrick’s Day
This is one of the most important St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids. Research the history of St. Patrick’s Day, then test your family on Irish trivia. Why do we celebrate? Why is the shamrock the symbol of St. Paddy’s Day? When did we start celebrating this holiday? You can even make it into a game. Each family member can try to gather five St. Patrick’s Day fun facts and the winner will be the one with the most fun facts that no one else gathered. Or if you have preschoolers, you might prefer to share these Top 10 St Patrick facts for kids.
Research Your Own Family History
As the saying goes, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But how many Americans are actually of Irish decent? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 34 million Americans, or about 11 percent of the U.S. population, claim to have Irish heritage. Even if your family can’t trace its roots back to the Emerald Isle, it’s a great excuse to learn about your own family’s origin and create your family tree chart.
Eat Irish Foods and Green Treats
Popular Irish cuisine includes lamb or beef stews and Shepard’s Pie, soda bread, and boiled potatoes. Although corned beef and cabbage is the most popular St. Patrick’s Day dinner. There are plenty of options to choose from for your St. Paddy’s Day dinner menu. Can’t find anything you like? Simply dye some of your favorite treats with green food coloring like cupcakes, rice krispie treats and milkshakes. They’ll be instantly “Irish.” This is one of fun St Patrick’s day activities you just don’t want to miss.
Enjoy some family fun for St. Patrick’s Day with lots of laughter and great memories. Which of these St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids do you think you will try with your family? What are your favorite St Patricks day ideas? Tag us @familyfocusblog so we can see what you did for St. Patty’s Day!