St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here are some fun St. Patrick's Day facts for you and your kids:

  • St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and is celebrated around the world to honor the patron saint in Ireland, St. Patrick. Legend says that St. Patrick drove away all the snakes from Ireland. There are no snakes in Ireland today!
  • On St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover on a shamrock means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
  • Irish fairies have been said to put a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow with leprechauns guarding it!
  • You'll typically see a rainbow when the sun is behind you and rain is in front of you. Rainbows form when the sunlight behind you hits the raindrops in front of you at a certain angle. The different colors that make up the sunlight separate and form a rainbow. When you see sunlight normally, it looks white, but is actually made up of the spectrum of all colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet!

Here is a fun leprechaun hat craft that my kids put together for St. Patty's day.

How cute is the rainbow themed straw ladder! J

Shamrock Necklace

Shamrock Necklace

Hey everyone! I know my daughter will be planning for her St. Patrick's Day outfit next week. I thought I would help her add a little more green with this shamrock necklace to help her ward off naughty little leprechauns.

You can make this simple DIY necklace with things you already have lying around the house. Here is my “ingredient list”:

  • Green foam shamrocks (you can also cut out shamrocks with construction paper)
  • 5 drinking straws (green, or white with green stripes)
  • Hole puncher
  • Green yarn
  • Yarn needle

Shamrock necklace parts
Shamrock necklace parts

This is all you need to do to make this necklace:

  1. Punch holes in the foam shamrocks.
  2. Cut the drinking straws to about ¾ height of the shamrocks
  3. Thread the foam shamrocks and straws through the yarn
  4. Tie the ends to get in a knot and cut excess yarn

Shamrock Necklace - Step 1
Shamrock Necklace – Step 1

Walla! This is an easy, mess-free project you can complete with your kids. And, on St. Patrick’s Day, they will have a festive, fun green necklace to wear!

St. Patrick's Shamrock Necklace
St. Patrick's Shamrock Necklace

10 St. Patrick’s Day Craft Ideas for Kids

10 St. Patrick's Day Craft Ideas for Kids

Whether you're Irish or not, St. Patrick's Day is such a great holiday for kids! It's filled with fantasy and fun – leprechauns, pots of gold, rainbows, luck – what kid wouldn't love this stuff? Help your child celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with these fun and charming crafts. There are some great food craft ideas here as well as fun paper craft ideas for kids. For more on the origins of St. Patrick's day, see our St. Patrick's Day Craft Kit Giveaway.

Shamrock Pops

Shamrock Pops
Shamrock Pops

These super adorable treats from The Decorated Cookie would make any kid smile on St. Patrick's day! To make them at home, place a marshmallow on a lollipop stick, quickly dunk the marshmallow in a cup of water, and dip it in green colored sugar. You can also use edible colored markers to create your own shamrock designs!

Shamrock Milk Shake

Shamrock Milk Shake
Shamrock Milk Shake

For these shamrock milk shakes, you'll need three ingredients: 1 cup of milk, 2 tbs pistachio flavored instant pudding, and 1 Oreo mint chocolate covered cookie (chopped). Mix it all together and you have a great St. Patrick's day shake! For more info, see Kraft Recipes.

Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes

Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes
Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes

Make your own leprechaun cupcake wrappers using green cardstock for the hat, white cardstock for the trim, and yellow cardstock for the buckle. Wrap your baked and frosted cupcake in the green hat. Put a green shamrock candy on top! For more info, see Babble.

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Treats

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Treats
St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Treats

I actually made these rainbows last year as a party favor treat – they were inspired by Our Best Bites. All you need are Rainbow Colored Twizzlers (I found these in my local grocery store), Rolos, cellophane bags (or any clear bag), and ribbon. So cute, easy, and affordable!

Green Candied Popcorn

Green Candied Popcorn
Green Candied Popcorn

Your kids will love this green festive popcorn for as a craft idea for St. Patrick's day! You'll need popped corn, sugar, white corn syrup, butter, salt, cream of tartar, vanilla, baking soda, and green food coloring. For a detailed ingredient list and instructions, see Skip to My Lou.

Rainbow Cereal Craft

Rainbow Cereal Craft
Rainbow Cereal Craft

Draw a rainbow with a black marker and let your kids color the rainbow in with different colors. Let your kids dip Fruit Loops cereal in glue and paste them to their rainbow. This is a great activity for motor skill development, and especially great if you have Fruit Loops already in your cupboard! For more info, see The Bubbly Blonde Teacher.

Scrap Paper Rainbow

Scrap Paper Rainbow
Scrap Paper Rainbow

If you don't have Fruit Loops lying around, you probably have some colored paper (cardstock or construction paper laying around. Draw the rainbow lines, and have your kids glue the pieces of paper to the rainbow you just drew. Cute craft from No Time for FlashCards.

Paper Shamrock Craft

Paper Shamrock
Paper Shamrock

You may have seen Valentine heart garlands made out of paper and staples around the web. Hands on: As We Grow used the same concept to make a paper shamrock craft. Here you would need green construction paper or card stock, a stapler, and some yarn or string to hang your shamrock.

Leprechaun Beard

Leprechaun Beard
Leprechaun Beard

Draw a beard on paper. Cut out orange construction paper into strips and roll them around a pencil tightly to make them curl. Glue the curls to the beard starting at the bottom. Punch holes in the sides, and attach yarn so you can tie the yarn around the back of your head. There you go, you have a great orange leprechaun beard from No Time for Flashcards!

Lucky Clover Patch

Lucky Clover Patch
Lucky Clover Patch

This craft is a great way for your kids to express how lucky they are on St. Patrick's Day! You'll need a styrofoam block covered in green tissue paper, and green card stock for the fringe. You can use a shamrock punch or cut your own shamrocks out using green paper. Have your kids write why they are lucky on the shamrocks. Tape or glue the paper shamrocks to toothpicks and insert them into the foam. What a cute and thoughtful craft from Lisa Storms.

I love this list of St. Patrick's Day craft ideas for kids. I can't wait to get started on some of these projects with my kids! If you would like to stay posted on craft ideas for kids, please subscribe to our email newsletter on our homepage.