Once upon a time, my St. Patrick’s Day celebrations included a lot of green beer, Irish whiskey & mischief. Nowadays, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with kids, which means a lot less beer & whiskey, but still a touch of mischief–leprechauns are still involved, after all! Here are some of my favorite ways to celebrate with the kiddos. And, as always, I promise that they are quick, easy & a ton of fun for your family.
A Lucky Breakfast | Thoughtfully Simple
My kids very rarely have sugary cereal for breakfast, so this is definitely a special treat, and it really can’t get much easier. Lucky Charms cereal + green milk = a shamrockin’ start to the day.
Rainbow Fruit Kabobs | Skinnytaste
Prefer to skip the sugary cereal? No prob–here’s another option for a festive start to the day.
Shamrock Pancakes | I Heart Naptime
I’ll let you in on a secret: I have never been able to get pancakes on the table for breakfast on a weekday. But, I admire those parents who can! The good news is that this year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday! So pancakes are a definite possibility. I think this is a simple recipe, but if you want to make it even easier, just use your favorite pancake mix with a little food coloring.
Leprechaun Trap | East Coast Mommy
Leprechaun traps are quickly becoming the Elf on a Shelf of St. Patrick’s Day. They can be very, and I mean VERY, elaborate, or they can be quite simple. While my kids are still little, I err on the side of simple. The thought of trapping a leprechaun is novelty enough for them.
Perhaps you are now wondering, what exactly is a leprechaun trap. Irish folklore says if you trap a leprechaun, he will grant you three wishes. But, since they are tricky little creatures, often times the traps will be tripped, but instead of a leprechaun in the box, there are signs that one got away: primarily, gold coins. Such a cute way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with kids.
Gilded Oreos | Mom Foodie
So, speaking of those gold coins, you certainly can just purchase some chocolate ones. You could also use Rolos, Lemonheads, or any other golden treat. However, I think these gold-covered Oreos are just the ticket to really get my kids excited. This post uses mint ones, but I prefer using the mini gold ones for easier color coverage and also, I think they look more coin-like.
Rainbow & Pot O’Gold Chain | Crafty Morning
My 4-year-old is currently obsessed with rainbows and arts & crafts. She will absolutely love doing this cute little DIY, and I love how easy and quick it is.
Shamrock Tortellini | Meaningful Mama
Unfortunately, the traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage doesn’t go over well in our house. Any pasta is generally a hit, but I love how using tortellini or ravioli lets you sneak in a little extra meat or veggies. Toss your tortellini in some jarred pesto sauce, and arrange them in groups of 3 like shamrocks! If you are a Costco shopper, be on the lookout; sometimes they sell shamrock shaped ravioli.
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt | Teepee Girl
Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend this year, maybe you feel like doing an extended activity. Check out this scavenger hunt from Teepee Girl. Free printables are available on her post, so this activity becomes quite simple–just print, hide the clues & treats, and enjoy!
Lucky Charm Marshmallow Treats | The Baking ChocolaTess
Rice Krispy treats are one of the easiest desserts to whip up, and these treats are no exception. The only difference is using a different cereal for that festive touch.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kids
With the holiday packed between Valentine’s and Easter, I prefer to take it easy on the treats, but I still like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the kids and make the day special. I hope you find some of these ideas inspiring!