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Fun St. Patty's Day Activities and Traditions for Kids

Updated on March 14, 2013

Make it fun!

St. Patrick's Day is a day for family fun! Most people go with the traditional "I'm wearing green, what more do you want" approach, but why not make it a day for your children to look forward to each year? Here are some ideas for fun family St. Patty's Day traditions that the kids are sure to love!

Green milk for the leprechaun!
Green milk for the leprechaun!
Turn everything in the fridge green!
Turn everything in the fridge green!

The night before St. Patty's Day...

This St. Patty's Day activity is similar to a Christmas tradition that most children know and love. All children enjoy making cookies for Santa and leaving him a plate of cookies and milk. Well, why not leave a little something for the leprechaun on St. Patty's day? The night before St. Patrick's Day you can mix a batch of green milk with the children. Just add a little green food coloring to the milk, stir, and voila, you have green milk! Pair it with some shamrock shaped sugar cookies and have the children set them out for the leprechaun the night before St. Patrick's Day.

Another fun St. Patty's Day tradition is to turn everything green! The night before St. Patty's Day, after the children have gone to sleep, feel free to go a little crazy with the green food coloring. Hey, parents should have a little fun for St. Patty's Day too, right? Turn everything that you possibly can green! Many things in the fridge can be turned green, like milk, water, dips or dressings, and so on. The green food coloring won't hurt anything and it will be fun to see how the children react when they wake up on St. Patty's Day and look in the fridge to see that everything is green! Blame it on the pesky St. Patty's Day leprechaun when the kids ask what happened!

St. Patty's Day Morning Surprise

Every child loves waking up to a surprise. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, just something to get them into the St. Patty's Day spirit bright and early. Put together a little jar or basket with a green theme. The idea behind this is similar to the Easter basket tradition, but rather than the Easter bunny leaving the surprise, it's the St. Patty's Day leprechaun! Here are some things that you could include in your St. Patty's Day surprise...

  • Green pens or pencils
  • Green toothbrush
  • Green candy
  • Chocolate gold coins
  • Green jewlery or a green pin to wear for the day (so they don't get pinched!)
  • Green socks
  • St. Patty's Day stickers

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Leprechaun Invasion Scavenger Hunt!

This is one of my favorite St. Patty's day activities! If you're willing to put in a little time and effort, this will definitely be an activity that your children will look forward to each year. To pull of the Leprechaun Invasion Scavenger Hunt, you will need:

  • Green shamrocks made from construction paper (shamrock's should be about the size of your hand)
  • Little Green leprechaun footprints made out of construction paper)
  • Green glitter (or confetti of some sort)
  • Green food coloring
  • Chocolate gold coin candy (check the Dollar Tree for these)
  • A "pot" to put the gold in (you can use a green bowl etc.)

Okay, now that you have everything you can get started on your little St. Patty's Day prank for your children. There's really no particular way to do this, so be as creative as you'd like.

Place your leprechaun footprints around the house, into various rooms. On the paper shamrocks, write the instructions for the scavenger hunt. For example, if you want the children to go look inside of their shoes for the next clue, you could use this...

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Get the idea? After you have all of your clues put together, you can start organizing the scavenger hunt. Decide where you want to hide your pot of gold, and then organize each clue to lead up to the pot of gold. You can make it as difficult or as easy as you'd like, but be sure to take into account your child's age and ability level. You don't want them to get confused!

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Set all of your clues up, and have a few leprechaun feet going to each clue. Sprinkle your glitter or confetti here and there around the house, so it's looks like the leprechaun wandered around the house. Pour a few drops of food coloring into the toilet to make the water turn green and sprinkle some green glitter around the toilet seat, then send the children into the bathroom looking for a clue so they see the green water! You might even want to turn some chairs upside down and pull some clothes out of their drawers etc. to make it look like the leprechaun was a bit of a trouble maker. This is a great way to get the kids into the St. Patty's Day spirit!

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St. Patty's Day Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Another fun tradition is to have a special St. Patty's Day meals each year. There are many possibilities, and you can practically turn any meal into a St. Patty's themed meal by investing in a little green food coloring.

Ideas for breakfast:

  • Try adding green food coloring to milk and having lucky charms with green milk for breakfast.
  • Make a breakfast rainbow out of different colored fruits arranged in the shape of a rainbow.
  • Turn scrambled eggs green by adding a few drops of food coloring.
  • Make green pancakes by adding a few drops of food coloring into your pancake batter.
  • Make shamrock shaped toast and mix a few drops of food coloring in with your butter or cream cheese.

Ideas for lunch:

  • Shamrock shaped sandwiches (you will need a shamrock shaped cookie cutter).
  • Green yogurt, just add a few drops of food coloring. Pair with green fruits, like green grapes, green apples, kiwi, etc.
  • Turn salad dressings bright green by adding a few drops to the dressing, works best with ranch, blue cheese, or other white based dressings.

Ideas for dinner:

  • Green pasta, just add a few drops of food coloring to drained pasta and mix well. OR you could also buy green colored pasta in most grocery stores (spinach variety). Pair with some green Alfredo sauce, a few drops should turn the sauce green.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to mashed potatoes for bright green mashed potatoes.
  • Turn white rice green by adding a few drops of green food coloring to it and mixing well.
  • Make St. Patty's Day deviled eggs by adding a few drops of green food coloring to the yolk mixture.
  • Green potatoe or pasta salad, add the food coloring to the mayo before mixing.

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Shamrock Lollipops

This is a really simple sharable treat that your children can take to school on St. Patty's Day. All you need is some green construction paper to make your shamrocks and a large bag of lollipops. You can get as creative as you'd like with these as well. Add names to each shamrock to personalize them for classmates or friends. Add a little glitter to make them sparkle. The possibilities are endless! To make these little shamrock lollipops, just poke your lollipop sticks through the center of your paper shamrocks, and that's it! You can use a dab of glue to keep the shamrocks in place if needed.

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      Orela 3 years ago

      Hey , great ideas can't wait to do some with my daughter. Just one thing I know it's pedantic but it's St. Patricks day or Paddys day not Patty. Im Irish and I hate the patty day thing

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      This is a fantastic hub! I'm all for giving your kids a leprechaun surprise. My parents always did so with me and it was great to get that little extra magic apart from the classics of Santa and the Easter Bunny.

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @DIYmommy- St. Patty's day is definitely fun for adults too, just in a different way! lol! The Irish car bomb cupcake sounds like something I'll have to look up and see if I can find the recipe for. I don't have children quite yet but I can't wait to start some fun family traditions one day!

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      Julie 4 years ago

      A friend of mine just posted a recipe, on Facebook, for an Irish car bomb cupcake. Based on the ingredients (Bailey's, Guiness), it doesn't appear to be suitable for children....but, I can't wait to give it a try! Another great hub here! My 3 month old isn't quite old enough for alot of activities and traditions, but I can't wait to try some when he gets older.

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @peachpurple- The green milk is always a hit with the kids!

      @DDE- Thank you, I'm glad to help!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most helpful and creative in the color green

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Great tips and lots of green photos. I am sure my kids are going to love the green milk. Thanks. Voted up

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @Eiddwen- Thank you, glad you enjoyed the article!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great share and thank you so much for this interesting read.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You are totally right.... memories and pictures to remember all those special times!

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @kidscrafts- So glad that you liked the ideas! Parents should take every opportunity that they can to create memories and traditions to pass down to their children!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      So many things you can do to make St. Patty's Day a fun day! Thank you for this fantastic hub!

      Voted up and awsome!