In our home celebrating St. Patrick’s Day has become a family tradition from creating traps for little Leprechauns to waking up to treasure boxes filled with gold. My children anticipate each year what Green fun will be added to our annual traditions. Check out our top 10 St. Patrick’s day ideas:
Fun #1 I’m Lucky to have you in my life because____________!
Each year I cut out Green shamrocks from construction paper then write on them – ”I am lucky to have you because….” .
Each family member is given 6 shamrocks so that they can personalize one for each member of our family ( we have 7 in our family). They write two reasons they feel lucky to have that family member in their life. During our on St Patrick’s day dinner we read them aloud. As the mom I love watching each of their faces light up as their sibling or parent reminds them of why we are lucky to have them in our lives.
FUN #4 – Treasure hunt
Several years ago I picked up small unpainted wooden boxes at my local dollar store, in which I then spray painted gold. These inexpensive boxes have become our annual tradition. We have used them in several ways
1. As table decorations/ favors- fill each box with small gifts ( candy, gift cards, trinkets etc.) then place them at each child’s seat, to be opened during the St. Patrick’s day meal.
2. Treasure hunt – Hide the boxes and create a fun treasure hunt.
3. The Leprechaun trick – On St. Patrick’s night we fill the boxes with goodies then place them in our sleeping Children’s rooms, when they awake in the morning they find their boxes along with a note from the Leprechaun. The note instructs them to leave the boxes the following night filled with chocolate for the Leprechaun ( ME), or he might play a few tricks on them.
Fun #5 Bake a Batch of Leprechaun Magic Cupcakes.
The night before St. Patrick’s day bake a batch of whit un-frosted cupcakes with your children then set them out for the Little Leprechauns. When morning arrives your children can awake to Rainbow cupcakes that the little Leprechauns have created from their white cupcakes. Click here to see our video on how to create this fun for your family. Click here for complete Rainbow Cupcake recipe from Family fun.