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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner on March 17. To keep the kids busy and celebrate the holiday, we’ve compiled creative St. Patrick’s Day activities to get in the spirit of things. These crafts are a fun way for kids to create something unique while staying away from screens.
And because all of the imagination they’ll put into these activities is bound to work up an appetite, you’ll need some family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day recipes, too. And, how about drinking a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake as a special treat after all of those crafts?
Don’t forget to download the Krazy Coupon Lady app to find coupons for all the supplies. You can also browse deal pages for Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and JoAnn. These stores offer inexpensive supplies so that you can be creative for less money.
1. For St. Patrick’s Day activities, play a festive game of Bingo.
Play (or create) a St. Patrick’s Day bingo game with symbols such as leprechauns, shamrocks, and pots of gold. You can use pictures or words depending on the age of the children. This activity is a great way to pass the time while your corned beef is cooking.
2. Create St. Patty’s slime with glue, glitter, and Borax.
To make this glittery green slime, you need clear glue, water, Borax, green and gold glitter, and shamrock confetti.
Put 1/4 cup of water into two bowls. In one bowl add 1/4 cup of clear glue and a sprinkle of glitter and shamrock confetti. Then, in the other bowl, add 1/4 teaspoon of Borax. Slowly add the borax mixture to the glue mixture, stirring until it’s all combined and you’re done.
3. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and green construction paper to make DIY lucky clovers.
1. Start by folding the construction paper, corner to corner.
2. With the triangle in place, put half of the cookie cutter on the paper to trace half of the heart (as shown). Repeat the process for the other two clovers.
3. Cut out the half heart with scissors. You’ll need three clover shapes to create one complete flower.
4. Glue the bottom of one of the hearts and stack another on top in the opposite direction. Repeat until you have a four-sided leaf.
5. Cut the floral wire to your desired length (maybe 3-4 inches). Apply glue to one end of the wire and gently insert it into the center of the leaf (like a stem).
6. If desired, you can cut out small circles from white or yellow construction paper to create the center of the clover. Glue or tape the circles to the center.
4. Create a DIY leprechaun hat out of construction paper.
Have kids decorate a plain party hat with green construction paper, shamrocks, and glitter for a festive headpiece. Or, attach the cutout to a craft stick to parade around. Use this hat template to make the job easier.
5. Make a St. Patrick’s Day clover out of buttons and beads.
For this project, you’ll need an 8×8 canvas (or a poster board or construction paper), green buttons and beads, hot glue gun, scissors, scrap paper, and a pencil.
Stack three pieces of 4×4 paper, fold in half, and cut into a heart shape—you should have three hearts. Arrange the hearts on the canvas so they make a clover, trace the edges, and add a stem to the bottom of the clover.
Start gluing the largest buttons first without going outside of the traced lines. Continue filling in smaller areas with smaller buttons until there are no large open spaces. Fill in empty spaces with hot glue and attach tiny beads.
6. Repurpose a potato to make clover stamps.
Making a potato clover stamp is a fun and easy craft project that you can do with your kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s how to make it:
- Cut the potato in half lengthwise.
- Take one of the potato halves and cut a clover shape into the cut side of the potato using a knife. The clover should be about 2-3 inches wide.
- Cut away the potato around the clover shape, leaving the clover raised up from the rest of the potato.
- Dab the potato stamp on a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Pour some green paint onto a flat surface, such as a plate or paint tray.
- Dip the potato clover stamp into the paint, making sure that the entire clover shape is covered in paint.
- Stamp the clover onto a piece of paper, pressing down firmly to ensure that the entire clover is transferred onto the paper.
If desired, you can use a paintbrush to add details to the stamped clovers, such as stems or additional color.
7. Put together a glittery shamrock garland and hang with twine.
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8. Have your kids make a hanging pot of gold out of construction paper.
Yes, we’re heading back to elementary school for this St. Patrick’s Day activity. You’ll need construction paper (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black), scissors, and tape (or glue).
Cut thin strips of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple construction paper; loop them into circles, and staple or tape them together to make chain links. Next, cut out a black pot and handle, then yellow circles for the gold.
Glue the yellow circles together and attach to the back of the black pot. Tape one side of the handle to the back of the pot and loop it through the purple ring.
9. Design St. Patrick’s Day greeting cards to give to friends and family.
Making your own St. Patrick’s Day greeting cards are a fun and personal way to celebrate the holiday. Use this opportunity to encourage children to write a personalized message in the card for a loved one, family member, or friend.
- Green construction paper, or cardstock
- Shamrock cutouts or green glitter paper
- Glue stick
- Markers, pens, or colored pencils
- St. Patrick’s Day-themed stickers, if desired
- Begin by folding the green construction paper or cardstock in half to create a card shape.
- Cut out St. Patrick’s Day-themed shapes such as shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, or rainbows from the green paper or cardstock. Or, use pre-made stickers.
- Glue the shapes onto the front of the card, arranging them in a way that is visually appealing.
- Use markers, pens, or colored pencils to write a message on the front or inside of the card. Some ideas for messages include “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” or “May the luck of the Irish be with you!”
- Once the card is complete, fold it up and seal it with a St. Patrick’s Day-themed sticker or a small piece of tape.
10. Use green paint to make a handprint four leaf clover.
To make this four leaf clover, you’ll need a canvas (or construction paper), green paint, and your kiddos’ hands.
Dip their hands in green paint, and make four handprints on the canvas followed by a stem. Simple as that!