35 St Patricks Day Activities {leprechaun, pot of gold, shamrocks ~ oh my!}


How to make easy St. Patricks Day Activities like how to catch a leprechaun, pot of gold, shamrock, rainbow crafts and recipes which are all perfect for your St. Patty’s Day celebration.  Your kids and friends will adore these St. Patricks Day activities, and the crafts are worth pots o’gold!  {{wink}}  St. Patricks Day is such a fun Day, and these activities, jokes and crafts help make it even more special!

Creating a new tradition for your family has never been so easy with these 95 creative St. Patrick’s Day party printables, homemade party favors, printable games and activities for kids, recipes, coloring pages, and even several ways to catch a Leprechaun!

How To Catch A Leprechaun

How to Catch a Leprechaun

1.  How To Build A Leprechaun Trap {Leprechaun Trap} ~ No leprechaun will be able to resist the shiny gold inside this glittery leprechaun trap.  And your little ones will be almost as excited as Christmas Eve waiting to see if they catch a real live leprechaun with their sneaky creation.  This is a great activity to create with kids and you have two weekends until St. Patricks Day to create one of your own.

Leprechaun Trap
2.  St. Patricks Day Kids Craft {Leprechaun Trap} ~ St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to try to catch a Leprechaun and find his pot o’ gold.  Children will love to wake in the morning to see if they caught a lucky Leprechaun in the Leprechaun trap they designed, and creating the traps is a great opportunity to spend some quality time as a family.

How to Catch a Leprechaun
3.  How to Catch a Leprechaun ~ Legend has it that Leprechauns are small, mischievous, messy and sneaky. We decided to try to catch one to see if it’s really true: First, we laid the bait: Goldfish.

How to Catch a Leprechaun

4.  Leprechaun Hunt Limericks {how to catch a leprechaun} ~ I made up some limericks for my kids to catch the leprecaun on St. Patrick’s Day. These are free printables for everyone!

Pot of Gold Activities

Pot of Gold Activities

5.  Potted Rainbow ~ A terra cot pot is transformed into a mythical pot of gold with a rainbow made out of popsicle sticks.

Pot of Gold Activities

6.  Make Your Own Pot of Gold ~ As that lucky Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow can be tricky to find, we decided to make our own. With just a few supplies, you’ll have a fun centerpiece filled with gold.

Pot of Gold
7.  We’re on a Hunt for Leprechaun Gold ~ Those sneaky little leprechauns have hidden our gold and we’re on a hunt to find it! We made this simple black fabric sack full of “gold” and are looking for where it went. We’re hoping to find it before St. Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick Day Craft

8.  Pot of Gold Craft ~ Turn all of the fun of St. Patrick’s Day into a great day of learning too.  This fun pot of gold themed activity is a great way to practice sorting and organizing, as well as work on some creative stories and art projects.

St Patricks Day Activities

St. Patrick's Day Activities

9.  Paper Plate Leprechaun Wall Hanging {paper crafts} ~ What is this leprechaun hiding behind his back? Could it be a pot of gold? Hang him up on your door to welcome visitors and keep them guessing!

St. Patrick's Day Crafts
10.  Potato Leprechaun {Easy Craft} ~ St. Patrick’s Day must have Leprechauns and this one is sure to make everyone smile. This is a Mr. Potato Head Leprechaun craft for Saint Patrick’s Day. This one is great for younger kids such as Kindergartners, Preschoolers, and First Graders. Room mom’s will also love this easy craft for quick St. Patty’s Day class party activities.

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun
11.  Hand Print Leprechauns {St Patricks Day School Activities} ~ This Hand Print Leprechaun is a great activity for home or school.  These sweet little leprechauns are perfect for decorating a bulletin board, the perfect picture for a March calendar, or you can even cute them out and laminate them for the kids to wear on St. Patrick’s Day, ensuring none of them get pinched.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

12.  Little Green Leprechaun Footprints ~ This time of year there are always sneaky little leprechauns looking for gold. So we made these Green Footprint Clue Cards to help lead them on a hunt!

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

13.  DIY St. Patricks Day Placecard {St. Patrick’s Day Party Decor} ~ Turn a clay pot into a leprechauns hat with this fun St. Patrick’s Day tutorial.  This easy DIY craft can be used to decorate your garden or your table for St. Patrick’s Day.  And if you are hosting a party, slap a four leaf clover on for luck and add your guests names to turn these cute pots into perfect party place cards.

St Patrick Day Jokes

St Patrick Day Joke

14.  St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Box Jokes ~ Add a wee bit o’ laughter to your child’s lunch box with these FREE Printable joke cards!  I love this one:  ”What’s Irish and stays our all night?  Patty O’Furniture.”  {giggle}

St Patrick Day Joke

15.  St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Box Notes ~ “Knock knock! Who’s there? Irish! Irish Who? Irish you a Happy St Patrick’s day!”  Your children will love these adorable lunch box notes on St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick's Day Jokes

16.  Leprechaun Lunch {recipe} ~ I’ve dressed-up a lot of our quickie lunches, but I think this one takes the award for the easiest fun lunch EVER! All you need is a little icing, green food coloring, a ziploc baggie and an optional gold coin to make the cutest St. Patrick’s Day lunch!

St. Patrick's Day Jokes

17.  Leprechaun Mischief {activity} ~ The Little Leprechaun left the boys some Lucky Charms (their momma doesn’t let them have sugared cereal in the mornings!) along with GREEN milk-yummy!! That is only for the morning…the stinker has also changed our water into Green Kool-aide (their momma REALLY doesn’t let them drink Kool-aide!!!) and has made Green parfaits (withsugar-free jello…finally, some common sense here!) for after supper!

Leprechaun Dress Ups

Leprechaun Dress Ups

18.  How-to make kids Leprechaun Beards ~ Super easy kids leprechaun beards made out of yarn.  All you need is orange string, green pipe cleaners, and a fun St. Patrick’s Day Hat. I got all three at the Dollar Store.

Leprechaun Dress Up
19.  Simple Leprechaun Beard {St Patricks Day Kids Crafts} ~ Let your littles enjoy creating fun costumes for St. Patrick’s Day, like these fun leprechaun beards.  They can dress up and create their  own stories about rainbows and gold, or  you can read them some fun stories about leprechauns and the luck of the Irish while they act them out.  Either way, this fun St. Patrick’s Day themed dress up clothes will keep them busy all afternoon.

Leprechaun Dress Up

20.  Leprechaun Hat & Beard Dress Ups ~ Dress up your kiddo with these leprechaun hat and beard dress ups.  Simply cut out the hats on green construction paper and the beards from orange paper.  Or you can cut them out on white and color them in.

Leprechaun Dress Up
21.  Little Leprechauns Ears {free template} ~ To make these ears, draw the same shape onto green paper and cut them out. Here’s a printable download for you to trace your own Leprechaun Ears Pattern.

St. Patricks Day Hair Accessories

St. Patrick's Day Hair Accessories

22.  Felt Shamrock Headband How To ~ To make a shamrock headband of your own, you need three different, but close shades of green felt {I used lime green, apple green and Kelly green}.  I like to either do lightest to darkest or darkest to lightest, but there are no rules, so pick whatever looks best to you!  You’ll also need a large rhinestone for your center and a headband as your base.  I prefer a wider headband for this particular project to give the shamrock a little ‘body’.

Shamrock Hair Bow
23.  How to Make a Shamrock Hair Bow ~ This adorable shamrock has a variety of uses and can be made in just a few minutes. This one was made with 2 – 4″ strips and 2 – 2″ strips of grosgrain ribbon, but they can be done with any size ribbon.

Shamrock Hair Accessories

24.  St. Patrick’s Day Hair Accessories ~ St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to utilize the color green and add some fun accessories to your little one’s hair.  There are three tutorials which include a t-shirt headband, felt shamrock and a looped shamrock headband.

Rainbow Crafts

Rainbow Crafts

25.  Stained Glass Rainbow ~ Have your children create a stained glass rainbow from tissue paper, glue and wax paper.  They will feel a great sense of pride when their artwork is hanging for all to see.

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow

26.  Rainbow Art with Q-tips ~ Q-tips make wonderful paint brushes.  They’re cheap, disposable and perfect for little hands.  By taping several q-tips together you can paint the perfect rainbow.

St. Patrick's Day Rainbows

27.  Making Rainbows {For Preschoolers}This fun craft is perfect for preschoolers to learn about colors. By mixing all the colors in one pot, preschoolers will need to identify each color on their own while practicing staying in the lines.

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow

28.  Rainbow Pour Painting {Craft Ideas for Home} ~ This easy craft ideas for the home is the perfect craft for any kid who loves rainbows. Children will love creating their own art for the home, or giving this beautiful pot as a Mother’s Day gift or as a teacher gift.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

29.  Rainbow Shaving Cream St. Patrick’s Day Activity ~ This post features a creative way to make bath time extra fun for St. Patrick’s Day! All you need is shaving cream, food coloring and a muffin tin. Easy to create, fun to play with, followed by quick clean up!

March Crafts

March Crafts

30.   Shamrock Apple Print ~ Putting a festive St. Patrick’s Day twist on apple printing by creating shamrock prints with green paint.  My kids love to paint and with enough paper can keep themselves busy for hours.  You can use the prints and placemats for St. Patrick’s Day dinner or even lay down a large piece of butcher paper and have the kids create a table cloth for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

March Crafts

31.  Paper Roll Shamrocks {paper craft}Make several hearts out of toilet paper rolls and then glue them into darling shamrocks for an easy and fun paper craft.

March Crafts

32.  How To Make Your Own Split Pea Shamrocks {diy decor} ~ In this tutorial we’ll share all our methods with you on how to make your own split pea shamrocks. Of course, I’m sure you’ll find a whole slew of uses for your own Split Pea SHAMROCKS too.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock

33.  Shamrock Applique Shirt {St Patricks Day Tshirts} ~ If you are looking for a DIY St. Patrick’s Day shirt to make for your kiddos this week, check out this applique shamrock from Finley and Oliver.  The post has a photo tutorial and a free shamrock applique pattern to help you create this easy, fun, and festive St. Patty’s Day tee.

St Patrick Day Celebrations

St Patrick Day Celebration

34.  St. Patrick’s Day Party Fun {Things To Make} ~ Whether you are throwing a party for guests or just creating a fun celebration for your kids this St. Patrick’s Day, Lisa has great paper craft ideas that will make your party decorations a success.  From shamrock cupcake toppers to rainbow place cards with a little piece of chocolate gold at the end, your guests will adore all of it.

St. Patricks Day Celebration

35.  Host a St. Patrick’s Day Party for Kids! ~ Fun St. Patrick’s day themed crafts. I cut out a bunch of little leprechauns out of the cricut “Paperdoll” cartridge and the children glued them together.   Then they all went on a treasure hunt to find the pot of gold.  That lead them to these fun little “pots of gold” that I ordered from Oriental Trading and filled with gold coins and rolos.

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