Blimey! St. Patrick’s day is approaching near! Make it a memorable occasion for your little leprechauns with some fun activities and a little mischief. My boys look forward to St. Patrick’s Day each year almost as much as the other big holidays. Perhaps it’s the leprechaun’s tomfoolery, the chance to find gold, or the themed treats. All of these facets combine to make for a magical and silly day! Here are some tips for making St. Patrick’s Day fun for kids:
Irish legend suggests that if you catch a leprechaun, he must grant you three wishes. Entice your kids to use their creativity to build a trap to catch a leprechaun. This activity also enhances your child’s logical reasoning skills and knowledge of engineering principles. The trap shown above was made by my 6 year-old son. It consists of two empty boxes stacked on top of each other. The bottom box is covered with tissue paper, so it looks like it has a floor, but when the leprechaun steps inside he falls through and is caught! He decorated his trap with paint, glitter, markers, some green coins from the dollar store, and lucky charms for the rainbow path. You can easily find items around the house to make your trap. Make sure you put it out the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and show signs of leprechaun struggle to be found the next morning. We haven’t caught that little bugger yet, but maybe this year!
Perhaps your child is missing the funny antics from your Elf on a Shelf? Well they’re in luck because the little leprechaun has some tricks up his sleeve…
When the kids awoke on St. Patty’s Day, they came downstairs to find what looked to be a rainbow explosion in our kitchen! All you need for this silly prank is different colored crepe streamers (we got ours at the dollar store). The leprechaun enjoyed playing with their toys too and set up a rainbow road made out of magnatiles.
The boys thought the leprechaun’s use of the bathroom was hysterical! All “he” used was some washable bath finger paint (you could use tempera) for the mirror and footprints, and some green food coloring for the toilet bowl. The toilet paper had some leprechaun jokes written it that were uncovered as the boys pulled the roll out. The mess really didn’t take much cleanup, and was worth it for the smiles, giggles and memories (they still remembered it a year later)!
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The leprechaun escaped, but there’s still a chance to find his gold treasure! These free printable shamrock clue cards are great because they’re blank and you can tailor the clues to your house and kids, making them more personal (perhaps in tiny squiggly writing from your leprechaun). Here are some sample clues:
Intro: You almost caught me, you must be clever. Here are some clues to find my treasure.
#1 Keeping food cold is important you see, this is the place where milk just may be. (Fridge)
#2 These open doors to our home in our town, they also turn something on so we can all get around. (Keys)
#3 My shoes stay on my feet the whole day through. Go to yours to find the next clue. (Shoes)
#4 Knock, Knock is the sound that comes from this place. It means someone’s here and you’ll see a new face. (Front Door)
#5 Here we gather to enjoy a few meals. Go under this place and I just might hear you squeal. (Dining Table)
#6 If our clothes get dirty, here is where they should go, find the last clue and my treasure you’ll know. (Hamper)
My youngest son still loves to tell everyone how the leprechaun hid chocolate gold coins in his underwear in the hamper (I’m positive the hamper was empty except for the treasure, but the underwear retelling lives on)!
May the luck o’ the Irish be with you and we hope you have some St. Patrick’s day fun for kids and grownups alike! Stay tuned for our St. Patrick’s Day Craft round-up.
Do you do anything festive for St. Patrick’s Day with your kiddos?
Feature Image Credit: Vicki Lynn Photography