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8 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities to Do with Your Kids

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St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us!

Our neighbor got the kids on our block together to make a Leprechaun trap, and they had a ton of fun. It reminded me that our house could use a little last-minute greening up. Pinterest has a never-ending stream of St. Patrick’s Day activity ideas that you can do with your kids or set up for them to do with each other or their friends. From rainbow cupcakes to science projects, there’s a craft, recipe or decor idea here for all ages. Go on, make a little Luck of the Irish happen in your home.

rainbow cupcakes recipe

1. Rainbow Cupcakes

We’ve made these year after year and they continue to be a hit! I follow the recipe, but instead of making normal sized cupcakes, I make mini cupcakes. I put the colored batter into zip lock bags and cut a little hole in the corner of the bag to distribute the batter in the tins. Terrific for bringing to a party. But watch out, they don’t last long. [Via the GoodtoKnow Blog]

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2. Marshmallow Shamrock 

Need an easy craft for the wee ones? You can never go wrong with marshmallows. This link has a few crafts, so scroll down to the marshmallow activity. [via The Pinterested Parent]


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3. An Amazing List of St. Patrick’s Day Printables 

Who doesn’t love printables? They turn everything into a polished gift. You won’t be disappointed in this curated list of 30+ free St. Patrick’s Day printables. Discover prints for bunting, jar gifts, snack bag tags, and my favorite—St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Jokes. [via the Lolly Jane blog]


4. Minute to Win it Games 

For kids who love a challenge and a little competition. This list of games includes Rainbow Relay, Lucky Charm Challenge, Shamrock Shuffle, and Pots of Gold. Each description tells you how to play the game and what kind of supplies you’ll need. [via the Creating Readers and Writers blog]

Rainbow Treasure Slime

5. Rainbow Treasure Slime! 

How cool is this? Your kids will go nuts for this Rainbow Treasure Slime. I’m not the kind of person that has liquid starch lying around the house, but this craft looks like it could inspire a ton of giggles so it’d be worth it to me to go hunt some down. [via the Growing a Jeweled Rose blog]


6. Leprechaun Traps

I had never heard of Leprechaun traps until this year, but the ones on this post are so cute. I particularly like that they did one version with Legos. You can adapt these to any age – so get your little or big engineers into the building spirit and chalk up this St. Patrick’s Day project as a STEM or STEAM activity. [via the Little Bins for Little Hands blog]

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7. Lucky You Treat Packages 

If your kids need to bring a treat to their class or want to give a St. Patrick’s themed gift to their friends, these packages are a simple treat to put together in bulk. You can find the CD/DVD envelopes at Staples and the “Lucky You” wraps are printable from the blog.  [via Reasons to Skip the Housework blog]


8. St. Patrick’s Day Science Experiments

21 different science experiments that have a St. Patrick’s Day theme. The activities are broken up into four different categories including the Science of Rainbows, The Science of Gold, The Science of Leprechauns, and The Science of Four Leave Clovers and Shamrocks.

Your Turn….

What kinds of activities do you do at home with your kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Jen Leo: Jen Leo writes the nationally syndicated Web Buzz column for the Los Angeles Times and co-hosts the podcast This Week in Travel. She loves trying new restaurants and discovering local makers as she bounces between her homes in Carlsbad, CA and Charleston, SC with her husband and 7 year-old daughter. Follow her travels on Twitter and Instagram, and her daydreams on Pinterest.