Each year I try to do some fun holiday-themed activities with the kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Last year I found an irish bingo game online and printed it out, along with some coloring sheets, for the kids to complete. The kids played bingo for about an hour so I made sure to save the set for use this year, too. (It amazes me how much kids love to play bingo!) We also made green play doh and cut out shamrocks and leprechaun’s with shaped cookie cutters. We made shamrock cookies in the afternoon, and I even began celebrating the day by dying their milk with green food coloring at breakfast. This was not a hit, by the way. The kids claimed it smelled and tasted weird, so I learned my lesson there.
After surfing the web a while, I think I’ve found a couple of fun, new activities for the kids to try this year:
- On Family Corner, there are instructions for making shamrocks out of a cardboard paper towel or toilet paper roll (project #4). It looks like a simple project that even my 5-year-old could do, and when finished we may dip them in green paint to use them as stamps for a St. Pat’s painting project, too. Also, the thumbprint shamrocks (project #5) has the potential to be a cute holiday decoration/keepsake .
- This Stand-Up Shamrock craft is easy and would make a unique centerpiece for your irish feast.
- For an energy-burning, non-crafting activity, hide gold coins or special treats around your house and create your own treasure hunt.
- Make a Blarney Stone by painting a smooth rock green (or green, orange, and white as the irish flag), let it dry, then use markers or other items to make a face on the stone. Tell the story of kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in Ireland and receiving the gift of eloquence, gab, and good luck.
- Print this absolutely adorable leprechaun hat and beard to perfectly accessorize your little leprechaun’s on St. Patrick’s Day.