Having Fun with Children on St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to just be fun for the Irish! Any child can have fun with St. Patty’s Day activities as a symbol of the coming of spring and the fresh color of green!

Part of teaching children to be open-minded and accepting of others is teaching them about different holidays celebrated around the world.

With such a great response to the Leap Year post, here’s a few easy answers about St. Patrick’s Day for kids.

Who was St. Patrick?

According to the Christian faith, St. Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland. He spent 6 years in captivity. St. Patrick escaped and began 15 years of religious training and finally became a priest. He is believed to have died on March 17, 460 AD. (Read more about St. Patrick).

What is the history of St. Patrick’s Day?

While St. Patrick came from Ireland, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place on March 17, 1792 when the English Military marched through New York City. Now, many people of different backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day—from the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, and Russia. Recently, Ireland started putting on parades, concerts, theater productions, and fireworks as part of their St. Patrick’s Day festival in order to drive more people to visit Ireland and see what it has to offer. Close to a million people came to Ireland for St. Patty’s Day last year.

Why do some people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

The color green is associated with St. Patrick’s Day because it is the color of Ireland, the season of spring, and the color of a shamrock.

What kinds of St. Patrick’s Day activities can children do?

Not Irish? Not Christian? Not religious? Any child can celebrate St. Patty’s Day as a symbol of spring!

Decorate a Paper Shamrock: Cut out a shamrock and have the children decorate it with paints, feathers, crayons, tissue paper, and green glitter. (Read more like this)

Make an Irish Headband: Have fun with green construction paper, twisted pipe-cleaners, and shamrocks! (Read more about this)

Design a Shamrock Wreath: Cut out a bunch of Shamrocks and make a wreath! (Read more about this)

Pick a Pepper and Paint: On St. Patty’s Day, peppers aren’t just for eating—they’re for making shamrock prints! (Read more about this)

Some other crafty resources here and here


Have a fun day!