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Kids Activities: St. Patrick's Day

by Erin J. Bernard on Mar 6th, 2015

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with one of these cute and colorful kids activities for St. Patrick's Day.

1. Serve Up a Pot ‘O Gold Breakfast!

On St. Patrick’s Day morning, drop a trail of coins leading from their bedroom doors through the house and all the way to the kitchen table, where a “pot of gold” breakfast awaits: silver dollar pancakes topped with colorful fruits like raspberries, blueberries, kiwis and bananas. Top ’o the mornin’!

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 Kids Activities St. Patrick's Day

2. Go Green, Literally!

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a parade of green-colored clothes and baubles. Invite kids to don all the green gear they can find in their closets, then have a family fashion show. And if you’ve got any leftover Halloween face paint on hand, why not paint shamrocks on your cheeks?

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3. Go Green, Figuratively!

This holiday is a great excuse to up your home’s eco friendliness quotient in time for spring. Together with your kids, take action on those green promises you’ve been making all winter: reorganize your recycling bins and check in with your city to see if any of their mingling requirements have changed, find out of your city has composting program, or plant an indoor herb garden.

 Kids Activities St. Patrick's Day

4. Set a Leprechaun Trap!

Why not try catching a little green man of your very own? On St. Patrick’s Day eve, build your trap:

  • Paper an old shoebox with green paper and decorate.
  • Prop the box up with a ruler or small stick. Place it near a window or door.
  • Place a pile of coins beneath the box as a lure.
  • While kids sleep, place a plush leprechaun inside the trap and shut the lid. They’ll be delighted with their catch!

5. Make a Garden Blarney Stone!

In Ireland, kissing the Blarney Stone is a time-honored tradition, and it’s believed that anyone who kisses it will be transformed into a charming smooth-talker who can talk himself or herself out of anything. But there’s no need to travel all the way to Blarney Castle to get the gift of good blarney.

Together with your kids, select a large, smooth rock from the yard or a nearby park and paint it with a sweet saying or two. Keep it in the garden as a reminder to pay each other more compliments.

  Kids Activities St. Patrick's Day

6. Sign Up for a Shamrock Run!

By St. Patrick’s Day, that winter weather is often just a tad warmer, so why not get out of the house? Many cities celebrate Irish heritage by organizing colorful races of varying length for all ages. Medals and delicious, festive snacks are often handed out at the finish line!

7. Write a Limerick!

This classic Irish poetry form is easy to master. A limerick is a humorous poem containing just five lines. The last words of the first, second, and fifth lines all rhyme, and the last words of the third and fourth lines also rhyme. Give it a try!

There once was a man from Peru

Who dreamed he was eating his shoe

He awoke in the night

With a terrible fright

And found out that it was quite true.

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Erin J. Bernard is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer from Portland, Oregon. Before becoming a writer, Erin worked as a nanny and an ESL classroom teacher. She taught English at a Montessori school in Mexico and then ran an after-school language program in South Korea. Erin is the editor of the parenting guide, “Instructions Not Included: A Pediatrician’s Prescription for Raising the Best Kids on the Block,” written by Irwin H. Berkowitz, MD.

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