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St. Patrick's Day for Kids

Updated on May 29, 2012
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About St Patrick's Day

While some of the true meaning of St. Patrick’s Day have been lost over time, it is important to do your part to return the history behind holidays by teaching your children the truth about them. Some holidays have murky parts that are best left out at first when telling a story to an impressionable child, but you can use your judgment, of course!

Celebrating Holidays With Children

Children love to join in the celebration of holidays. They are constantly searching for an excuse to make a day extra special, and why not? Life is all about having fun and being happy while you’re still here. I think children have the right idea!

If you’re not sure you know the basic Irish meaning of St. Patrick’s Day or if you would like information on throwing a St. Patrick's Day themed party for adults, feel free to check out some of my other hubs on St. Patrick's Day!

How to Teach Kids About Holidays

The best way, in my opinion, to teach kids about holidays is to give them light hearted, fun facts, tons of crafts and activities, and dress them from head to toe in the color for the holiday. Simply telling them why St. Patrick was important, and where he was important, will be a good introduction into celebrating Irish customs.

Fun for St. Patrick's Day

There are tons of craft ideas for St. Patrick’s Day out there. An overwhelming amount, really. You can also make up your own crosswords for kids to do, or find them online (I’ve even found some made specifically for certain age groups). You could also make a St. Patrick’s Day themed memory or bingo game. Mazes, riddles, and word searches are fun, too!

You also might make some festive holiday meals and snacks for that day. It would be a great idea to have your kids join in and help you make meals where everything is green!

Many towns also have St. Patrick’s Day parades you could attend. If you’re really serious about St. Patrick’s Day, I would suggest bringing them to a town that is well known for going all out for St. Patrick’s Day. Boston, Mass and New York, New York are huge on St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids

These are some of my favorite St. Patrick's Day crafts for kids.

How to Leave Leprechaun Footprints

Though leprechauns had nothing to do with the original meaning of St. Patrick’s Day, they have been added over the years and are now a huge part of the holiday. A fun thing I’ve seen teachers and other parents do is pretend leprechauns have come in the night. The most important part of this, in my opinion, is to leave footprints around the house. Also, everyone knows that leprechauns are tricky little folk and everyone wants to catch one for their pot of gold, but they’ll only leave you the fake coins with chocolate in the middle!

How to Catch a Leprechaun

Once kids catch wind of how sneaky leprechauns are, how difficult they are to catch, and how valuable it would be to catch one, most of them set out on a mission to be the one to catch the leprechaun! Some kids like to make a leprechaun trap.

Dress in Green for St. Patrick's Day

However you celebrate the holiday with your kids is up to you, just make sure you dress them in green or else they might get pinched!

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