St. Patrick's Day Activities

Potato Leprechauns

Items needed:

  • 1 potato for each child
  • A knife to cut the potatoes
  • A spoon for scooping
  • A little soil
  • Grass seed
  • Green paint
  • Pipe cleaners and beads
 

Directions:

First, cut the bottom off of a good-sized raw potato so that it can stand up on its own without falling.

Next, cut the top of the potato off and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh approximately 1 inch deep. Let your children paint the potato green using washable paint.

Once the paint is dry, have your children decorate the front of the potato, creating a leprechaun face out of pipe cleaners and beads.

Next, fill the hollowed-out top of the potato with soil. Sprinkle in the grass seed and add a little water. Soon, the grass will sprout up and your children will have little potato leprechauns with green hair!

Shamrock Necklaces

Items needed:

  • Dark green, light green and white construction paper
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • Ribbon or yarn

Directions:

First, cut several different sizes of shamrocks out of the contraction paper. (If you aren't good at drawing shamrocks, use a stencil or cookie cutter to trace them onto the paper.)

Next, punch a hole at the top of each paper shamrock. Show your children how to use ribbon or yarn to string the shamrocks, alternating colors as they go. Go all out: have your children make two or three necklaces of different lengths to drape around their neck!

Family Handprint Rainbow

Items needed:

  • One large poster board
  • Poster paints
  • Glitter or gel pen
  • Your hands

Directions:

Have each family member make one color of the rainbow by smearing their hands in the paint color of their choice and then making an arc of their handprints on the posterboard. You can use a blow dryer in between colors to dry the rainbow in order to keep it from getting too messy.

Don't forget to let everyone sign their names using a glitter or gel pen once the project is complete.

Laminating your family rainbow will allow it to be kept and used for decoration next year!

Naughty Leprechauns!

Items needed:

  • Green food coloring

Directions: Those little leprechaun guys were at it again! Your children will get a kick out of finding the water in your toilet bowl green. Use a few drops of green food coloring to make this happen. And don't stop there. You can also make green milk for their cereal. Add a drop of green food coloring to the bowl or to the whole jug!