10+ St. Patrick’s Day Activities and Foods For Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. This holiday is one of a few throughout the year that seem to really appeal to kids. Help your children get into the holiday spirit with these 10+ St. Patrick’s Day activities and foods. In addition, we share some book recommendations for the preschool and elementary set.

Food Related St. Patrick’s Day Activities

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, celebrating a holiday with food was so much fun! I’m guessing the same applies to kids today. Who would turn down these fun St. Patrick’s Day treats?

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Treats

If you’re short on time or just need an easy, quick treat to make the kids, look no further than these suggestions.

St. Patrick’s Day “Leprechaun Hat” Pudding Cup

These adorable St. Patrick’s Day “Leprechaun Hat” pudding cups come together in five minutes using store bought ingredients. All you need to do is assemble!

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Cookies

Need to make a treat for a crowd? St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Cookies fit the bill. Using ingredients from your pantry as well as pistachio instant pudding mix, you can put these cookies together in less than an hour. You just might like them so much you make them other times of the year, too!

Shamrock Pancakes

Wow the kids with these green shamrock pancakes ! Just whip together your favorite pancake batter, add some green dye, and use a squeeze bottle to create a large shamrock.

More Time-Intensive St. Patrick’s Day Treats

If you have more time and want to make more creative edible St. Patty’s Day food, consider these options:

St. Patrick’s Day Edible Gold Coins and Rainbows

Fancy up your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with clouds, a rainbow, and edible gold coins ! Create this fun treat with rainbow-colored Twizzlers, mini marshmallows, and yellow sandwich cookies sprayed with an edible gold coating!

Leprechaun Hat Cookies

These Leprechaun Hat Cookies are for all the chocolate lovers! If you’re going to make these, plan ahead because you’ll need some specialty ingredients such as green sanding sugar and green candy melts. Some artistic talent is also a plus!

Day of St. Patrick’s Day Food

Looking for more food ideas? Meaningful Mama served her children St. Patrick’s Day-inspired food all day long including chicken nuggets at the end of the rainbow and four-leaf clover snack food. All of her ideas use food you likely have around the home.

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Another great way to celebrate the holiday is to help the kids make a St. Patrick’s Day craft or two.

Crafts for Toddlers

We have a few crafts for toddlers that are easy and fun but won’t overwhelm your little one!

Bell Pepper Shamrock Stamp Craft

Have a bell pepper and some green paint? If so, you and your toddlers can easily make this Bell Pepper Shamrock Stamp Craft .

Finger Print Rainbow Pot o’ Gold Craft

I love this Finger Print Rainbow Pot o’ Gold craft , in part because it would make a wonderful gift to grandparents, especially if they’re Irish! You’ll need black cardboard paper, gold glitter, and paint in colors of the rainbow. Your littlest kids will need help with this project, while your elementary school kids can do it independently.

Crafts for Older Kids

For older kids with more independence, there are several crafts they can make with little parental involvement.

St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Craft

This St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold craft requires basics you likely have around the house (with the exception of the gold glitter cardstock—use gold cardstock without the glitter in a pinch), and it’s easy enough for kids in early to mid-elementary school to complete on their own.

Macaroni Rainbow Craft with Cloud

This Macaroni Rainbow Craft with Cloud is also good for kids of all ages, but you’ll need to prepare in advance to paint the macaroni before you plan to do the craft.

St. Patrick’s Day Themed Books

In the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, there are plenty of books you can read your kids to teach them more about the holiday.

Books for Younger Kids

Seaside Sundays suggests eight St. Patrick’s Day books for preschoolers that cover topics from shamrocks to leprechauns, to St. Patrick’s Day traditions and legends.

Books for Elementary School Students

For your school age children, consider having them read or read aloud to them Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman. They’ll learn a bit about the Potato Famine as well as some Irish legend and lore.

Another good choice is Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Treehouse: Leprechaun in Late Winter. In this book Jack and Annie help a young girl (who will grow up to be Lady Gregory).

Final Thoughts

Kids love being immersed in a holiday, so delight them with some of these foods, crafts, and books. If you want to make the most of the holiday, consider having a St. Patrick’s Day week and making a craft every day or every other day in anticipation of the holiday. Likewise, you could read a St. Patrick’s Day book every day to explain the holiday and immerse your kids in it.