5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Kids

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Growing up, we didn’t have any St. Patrick’s Day traditions, but I do remember my stepfather grumbling about not wearing green because he’s Irish, or something about telling people at work he was wearing green boxers so they would just leave him alone and not dare pinch him. Clearly, I’m not Irish, but if you ask my husband there are many days he thinks I am — like when I make Irish soda bread or corned beef and Cabbage and whip up some Rueben sandwiches with the leftovers.

As far as traditions with our kids, we haven’t started any, but since I’m a sucker for a great theme, maybe this year we will start some for St. Patrick’s Day! Read on for some fun ideas.

Read a St. Patrick’s Day Themed Book

Go to your local library or support a local book store and get some St. Patrick’s Day books and read them with your child(ren). Reading books about the upcoming holiday is a great way to build anticipation and excitement!


Four-Leaf Clover Scavenger Hunt

My kids love scavenger hunts of any kind. Look in your own backyard first as you never know what you’ll find there! Then venture out to a local park to see if you can find any. I hear the four-leaf clovers are harder to find, but maybe you will get lucky.

St. Patrick’s Themed Craft

I love handprint crafts for younger kids! Pinterest has some great ideas, and we also love this DIY leprechaun trap. When it comes to crafting, I love being able to use what I already have on hand, but it’s always fun to check out the dollar store to see what you can find there. I found these shamrocks at Dollar Tree and used some green paint I already had to complete this craft.

St. Patrick’s popcorn is always a big hit!

Eat Something Green

Bake some cookies to decorate, make Lucky Charm treats, St. Patricks Day popcorn, or maybe even make some Irish soda bread (this usually isn’t green but it’s Irish!).

  • Lucky Charms Treats: We made these treats following the recipe for Rice Krispy treats but swapped out the cereal with Lucky Charms: 6 cups Lucky Charms, 3 Tbsp. butter, 4 cups mini marshmallows. Heat butter and marshmallows in the microwave for 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Add cereal. Press into a pan.
  • St. Patrick’s Popcorn: Pop a bag of microwave popcorn or a make a fresh batch in your air popper. Remove any unpopped popcorn kernels. Toss in some marshmallows from the Lucky Charms box or some green M&Ms. Melt white chocolate candy melts according to package. Drizzle melted candy over the popcorn mixture, and then add green sprinkles. Let harden slightly and enjoy!

Wear Something Green

This is the easiest way to celebrate and not get pinched! Wear something you already have that’s green or buy something new!

How do you plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kid(s)? Do you have any special St. Patrick’s Day traditions?

Maya Sutherland
Maya is a full-time SAHM who squeezes in part-time work as a Local Childcare Consultant for an au pair agency.  She was born in Ohio but has spent most of her childhood and adult life in Florida. She is André's devoted wife and mother to Audrey, Mason and her fur baby, Egyptian Mau cat named Midnight. Maya earned an A.S. in Culinary Dietetic Technician and a B.A.S in Supervision and Management from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Her professional background is in management and most recently she managed a skilled nursing facility food service department staff of 15.  Maya has a long-time love affair with food and is happiest when she is in the kitchen preparing fresh, homemade meals for her family, utilizing her numerous gadgets and food preparation-specialty items. She also is an aspiring business owner but hasn't figured out what she wants to do 'when she grows up' yet.  In her spare time, she loves painting rocks, coloring using colored pencils,  yoga,  listening to podcasts or audiobooks,  and online shopping. You can follow her at Instagram @5spicechef, and Facebook @5spicechef.


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