St Patrick's Day Toddler Activities

Thursday, March 12, 2020

St Patrick's Day is next week and I wanted to share 5 fun ideas that are inexpensive, and quick and easy to do with your toddler to celebrate St Patrick's Day.


Note: I made a fun YouTube video if you are interested in seeing myself and Matthew make these fun activities.


1. St Patrick's Day Themed Sensory Bin
Matthew loves to play with sensory bins and I thought it would be fun to create a St Patrick's Day themed sensory bin. To make your own you will need:

  • Plastic Storage Container with Lid
  • Split Peas (Grocery Store)
  • Gold Coins (Dollar Tree)
  • Foam Shamrocks (Dollar Tree)
  • Sensory Tools
  • Black Treasure Pots (Dollar Tree)



2. Shamrock Suncatchers
We crafted some Shamrock Suncatchers that we taped to our sliding glass door to make our home festive for the holiday. It was fairly easy, a little time consuming to cut out the shamrock shapes, but it kept Matthew busy for about 20 mins which was a win in my book! To make these you will need:


To make these, cut your tissue paper into 1 inch squares. Then pull the backing off of one laminate sheet and lay it sticky side up. Have your toddler place the tissue paper squares and the shreds on the sticky side of the sheet until it is fairly full. Then pull the backing off of a second sheet and place it on top of the first sheet - sticky sides together to seal. I then cut a shamrock shape out of a piece of green construction paper and then cut out the center to create a boarder for my suncatcher. I then hot glued she green shamrock boarder to my laminate sheet and then cut the laminate sheet around the shamrock boarder. I then taped them to our sliding glass door and ta-da! Fun festive decor for St Patrick's Day!


3. Lucky Charm Cupcakes
It would not be a holiday without some sort of dessert. We made Lucky Charm Cupcakes for St Patrick's Day. To make these you will need:

  • Boxed Cake Mix, Eggs, Water and Oil
  • Festive Cupcake Liners
  • Vanilla Store-Bought Frosting
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Wilton Decorator Tool 
  • Lucky Charm's Marshmallows

To make these:
  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the cake mix box directions
  2. Take store-bought vanilla icing and color with green food coloring
  3. Ice your cupcakes with the Wilton Decorator Tool - I used the star tip
  4. Decorate with the Lucky Charms Marshmallows
  5. Eat a few marshmallows while decorating
  6. Enjoy!

4. St Patrick's Day Themed Books
We love to find seasonal and holiday themed books. For St Patrick's Day our favorites are Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase and How to Catch a Leprechaun. Some other fun books to consider are: The Itsy Bitsy Leprechan, Pout-Pout Fish: Lucky Leprechan, and Happy St Patrick's Day Curious George.  


5. Leprechaun Trap
We did not do this, but are planning to do this possibly next year. The tradition is for your kids to make a leprechaun trap out of whatever craft supplies you have on hand. Use green shamrock decorations and gold coins to attract your leprechaun. Then leave your trap out the night before St Patrick's Day to try and catch your leprechaun. In the morning, your leprechaun might leave you some fun chocolate gold coins or he might play some tricks by hiding green clues around your house to show that he made a visit. I found some really cute leprechaun trap ideas on Pinterest if you are interested in making a trap this year with your kiddos:

Does your family celebrate St Patrick's Day? What traditions do you have? Do you try to catch a leprechaun? Do you have any other fun book suggestions? Please leave a comment below and share how you celebrate.

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