Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this week and looking for St. Patrick’s Day crafts or games? Here are our ideas for a playful celebration with your kids.
Go green for the day: dress in green clothes and see how many green toys you can find. How about a green lunch too? Guacamole dip with cucumber and celery, spinach and ricotta tortellini with pesto sauce, with green jelly and grapes for pudding.
Hold a treasure hunt: hide some golden coins (made from circles of card or chocolate coins if you want a treat) around the house or garden and see if your little leprechauns can find them all. You can have the children work in pairs to hide and find the coins too, and have the child who hide the coins give clues to help the other child find them – great fun and a good exercise in team work and following instructions.
Try some shamrock stamping: heart shaped cookie cutters make a great shamrock shape!
Mix in some maths: patterning and matching games are an enjoyable way to practice early maths skills, so why not give your maths games a shamrock theme? Make some shamrock cutouts – from any green card, paintings or scrap paper you have, or by using a selection of green paint sample cards from your local DIY store. Younger children might like to see if they can pair up all the matching shamrocks or create some repeating patters (which you could transform into bunting). Older children might like to play a memory game: place all the shamrocks face down on the floor. Take it in turns to turn over two shamrocks. If you find a matching pair you can keep them – if not, place them back, face down again. The person to find the most pairs is the winner – and everyone gets to exercise their brains as they try to remember the location of the different patterned shamrocks.