7 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts to Do With Your Kids
Hoping to bring some luck o’ the Irish to your family (or at least some good old green fun)?
Look no further. The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for St. Patrick’s Day crafts that are easy and fun to make with your kids.
In this article I’ll share our favorite lucky seven St. Patrick’s Day crafts to do with your kids.
Why St. Patrick’s Day Activities?
You don’t have to be Irish to join in the spirited fun of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. The holiday celebrates the Irish and Irish-at-heart with food, fun and lots of green for shamrocks (the leaf of the clover plant) and leprechauns (little green “fairies”).
Green beer aside, there are lots of ways to celebrate—and decorate for—St. Patrick’s Day with kids. We hope you’ll like this roundup of seven super projects, recipes and games from around the web.
St. Patrick’s Day is filled with parades, stories and traditions that are fun for kids of all ages: Wear green so you don’t get pinched. Catch a leprechaun so you can get his pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Eat traditional Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, or any food that’s been dyed green.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world on March 17.
Here are seven great things to make with your kids for St. Patrick’s Day!
#1: Shamrock Rainbow Door Decoration
To create a three-dimensional shamrock, twirl tissue paper on the end of a pencil. Add the different colors of the rainbow in tissue, glue on a cardboard cloud and you have created the ultimate “welcome sign” for St. Patrick’s Day!
#2: Leprechaun Traps
This activity lends itself to creative play and conversation, as you design and build the trap and all of its components. Who is your leprechaun? What’s his name? What does a leprechaun do on the other 364 days a year? The trap is made from recycled materials, which is another bonus.
#3: Paper Shamrocks
Make single shamrocks or a chain of them. It’s an easy, fun activity that even the young ones can do.
#4: Rainbow Jell-O
This is a delicious, easy-to-make treat, but does require patience, because the Jell-O has to set for 15-30 minutes between layers.
It’d be good to make this along with other activities—and while you cook a St. Patrick’s Day meal together—to account for downtime. Or you can make mini-rainbows and use only three colors.
#5: Racing Balloon Leprechauns
Check out these racing leprechauns in action then go have a race of your own with your kids!
A fun project for the whole family—create personalized balloon leprechauns and race them. Try this project with balloons of different shapes and sizes and see which one gets to the pot of gold first.
For another race to the pot of gold, check out the rainbow treasure hunt.
#6: St. Patrick’s Day Bracelets
What’s fun about this project is that as long as you have popsicle sticks, you can decorate these bracelets with whatever you have on hand. Young kids can color them or adorn with stickers, while older ones can go all out, painting them, adding sparkles, doing a yarn wrap or all of the above. There’s lots of room for creativity with this project.
Note: Account for overnight prep time for bending the sticks.
#7: Wee Little Leprechaun Bookmarks
Show your personality with a leprechaun bookmark. You can make a detailed leprechaun or a simple one using basic materials—paint, googly eyes and a black sharpie on cardstock. Don’t forget the ribbon or string!
If you want some themed reading for the holiday, check out Karen Gallagher’s list of Top 5 St. Patrick’s Day Books for Children on Savvy Auntie.
Some Final Thoughts…
It’s easy to be lucky on St. Patrick’s Day. All you need is creativity, family togetherness and lots of green art supplies. Everyone’s a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. So get your family together and make some fun crafts and great memories.
What do you think? Did you go green for St. Patrick’s Day? Which activity was your favorite? Share your experience and your pictures in the comments section.
Debra Eckerling is an editor at My Kids Adventures. The creator of Write On Online, a website and community for writers, Debra helps individuals define, plan and achieve their goals. Other posts by Debra Eckerling »