As soon as the calendar says February 15, the red comes down and the green comes out at our house! St. Patrick’s Day has always been a big part of my life. I can remember going to see Irish dancers every year, eating cabbage and corned beef, and seeing my parents joy surrounding the holiday. My friends even call to wish me a “Merry Christmas” on St. Patrick’s Day, knowing the importance of the day.
As a mom now, I want my girls to know just how special the day is and to have great memories surrounding the day. There are plenty of options to get out and about in Columbus, but we have also come up with ten activities to do at home to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. If you aren’t up for venturing out with your kiddos, try some simple crafts at home to celebrate the holiday!
St. Patrick’s Day Fun at Home
1. Make a Leprechaun Trap– My kids loved this activity last year. We read the book How to Catch a Leprechaun which explains what leprechauns like to do. I then let them get creative with their trap and this is what they came up with!
2. Dollar Spot at Target– We found a number of great activities at the dollar spot this year. They have pre-made traps and painting activities for your little ones. These are great for those cold March days too!
3. Make Cookies– Baking comes along with every holiday! There are many mint desserts that are perfect for the holiday or just make shamrock cookies. You can never go wrong with baking.
4. Incorporate St. Patrick’s Day Snacks– Make a rainbow out of fruit or use a cookie cutter to make shamrock peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.
5. Shamrock Shakes- You can head out to Dairy Queen or McDonald’s for a shake or make your own healthier version at home. Check out our favorite recipe here. For additional St. Patrick’s Day food ideas, click here: Fun Green Food Ideas.
6. Have a Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt– Hide leprechauns, gold coins, or shamrocks all around the house and have your kids collect them. Repeat as many times as you like! We like to hide gold chocolate coins as well.
7. Marshmallow Shamrocks– Have your kiddos attach a marshmallow to a stick and dip it in green paint to make the perfect shamrock!
8. Fruit Loop Rainbows– A great fine motor craft for your preschool aged kiddos. Have your little ones first string a marshmallow on the pipe cleaner followed by fruit loops and then end with another marshmallow to complete your clouds with a rainbow! You may have some requests for a snack too!
9. Leprechaun Hats– Toilet paper rolls are great for crafts! This one can be used to make a super cute Leprechaun hat. Simply have your lads and lassies paint the hat green and attach it to a round piece of cardstock. Your little ones can help glue on the black and gold buckle as well!
10. Lucky Signs– We also want to remember those we are thankful for during the month of March. Make a quick sign that says “We are lucky to have _____ in our lives”. Each night, have the kids pick a family member, friend, neighbor, etc. who they are thankful for. Put their name on a shamrock and post it under the sign for the month of March. It’s the little reminders that help kids realize we have so much to be thankful for!
Hope you all enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day Weekend with your kiddos! Erin Go Bragh!
For a list of events going on around the city, click this link: Columbus Mom Guide to March.