There’s no better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than by making some fun arts and crafts with your kids or your classroom! My favorite thing about this holiday is the playfulness involved with leprechauns who are notable for playing tricks on people.
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I lived in Chicago for about 4 years before going back to film school and then eventually moving to Southern California and let me tell you….Chicago knows how to celebrate this holiday!
They turn the entire river green …which is incredible. (* I don’t know if they continue to do this – please let me know if you’re in the Chi-town area!)
I’d never thought I’d really celebrate a holiday that is based on religion and superstition by drinking my weight in green beer prior to moving there but alas, this is what one does when they’re single and in their 20s and living in the big city.
Fast forward a couple of decades, a marriage, two kids, and a pandemic, and we’re firmly in a new season of making crafts to celebrate the luck of the Irish (while maybe adding a bit of Baileys to our coffee).
As a working mom – I never identified or felt a need to dabble in the make crafts with the kid’s kind of parenting, initially.
Deferring, rather, to clever and creative teachers and classes to offer that sort of enrichment.
And yet a bitter-sweet bonus of being home with my kiddos for a year was trying on a new hat, and that hat happened to involve a lot of crafts, some of which you’ll see here.
But before we get into it…If you’re not familiar here’s a little St. Patrick’s Day history lesson:
What Is St. Patrick’s Day?
Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrated on March 17th and celebrates Irish culture and heritage. It is named after Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and is said to have driven all the snakes out of the country. (oooooH! I love a lore!)
St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular holiday in the United States and is celebrated with parades, leprechauns, shamrocks, and green attire (and for the grown-ups – green beer, I see you green river in Chi-Town!).
While the tradition has roots in religion, it is by no means a requirement for your child or your family to enjoy the spirit of the holiday.
We love how festive and magical the holiday can be. It’s a great holiday to bring kids and adults together. And my boys know that Green is my favorite color so they have assumed it must also be my favorite holiday (and in some ways they’re not wrong!)
What is a Leprechaun?
Leprechauns are a type of fairy found in Irish folklore. They are usually described as small, bearded men wearing green clothing and hats. They are said to be very mischievous and enjoy playing tricks on people. Leprechauns are also said to have a pot of gold hidden at the end of the rainbow.
Rainbows, trickster leprechauns, and shamrocks/green attire have become synonymous representations of this holiday meant to honor a significant time in Irish history.
Yes, the modern-day celebration in the U.S. is certainly a far departure from its traditional Irish roots. I find this holiday to be playful and enjoyable for people of all ages and all religious beliefs.
That’s why I’ve created this list of St. Patrick’s Day Craft Ideas you can do with your kids, or alone, or with your classroom.
These easy craft ideas for St Patrick’s Day are sure to be a huge hit with preschoolers, kindergartners, and kids of all ages! Even as Mother’s Day craft ideas for kids!
Making craft St. Patrick’s Day is a fun activity for the whole family and great to participate in with your kids or your entire class. These craft Ideas will not only get your kids excited about this festive holiday, but they’ll also help them work on important skills like cutting and pasting while giving them a sense of accomplishment in the end when they see their finished product.
Here are craft ideas for St Patrick’s Day with kids:
Easy Rainbow Crafts
Rainbows hold significant meaning in Irish lore. They are often seen as a sign of good luck and are often associated with leprechauns. According to legend, leprechauns can be found at the end of a rainbow where they have hidden their pot of gold.
Creating these crafts for St. Patrick’s day with rainbows is a great way to honor the legend and get crafting!
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by making some rainbow crafts!
The shamrock rainbow fingerprint kids craft is a super cute way to spend time with your little ones. And what’s more fun than painting their fingers?! The sparkles and rainbows make this activity even better!
Rainbow Craft for Kids
Rainbow crafts are a good idea for St. Patrick’s Day because they represent the Irish tradition of luck and happiness. They are also a great way to teach kids about colors and how to work with different materials.
With this fun St. Patrick’s Day craft for kids, they can have a little bit of rainbow magic in their world! This craft is great for little fingers and elementary school kids
St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Craft
According to legend, leprechauns can be found at the end of a rainbow where they have hidden their pot of gold. The pot of gold is said to be filled with treasure and riches. It is a popular symbol of luck and good fortune. Let’s get crafting with some pot of gold crafts.
This St. Patrick’s day pot of gold color by numbers page can help you teach your students how important it can be for fine motor skills by having them color inside of lines. If they want extra motivation – go ahead and give out green beads as rewards when someone finishes correctly or tries really hard.
This pot of gold paper craft helps celebrate the fantastical elements of St Patrick’s Day. You may think about Leprechauns, Rainbows and Pots Of Gold on March 17th alongside visions or simply Easter eggs hunt!
St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Art:
Kids can create an awesome rainbow art which they can hang on the wall to celebrate the holiday in style!
This 3D rainbow craft is a fun way to teach your child about rainbows and it’s perfect for any St Patrick’s Day theme. The design can be used all year round because kids love them no matter what time of year!
With just a few supplies, you can create your own colorful reminder that spring’s blue skies and vibrant fresh blooms are just around the corner. You might use these as an interesting twist on process art or turn them into collaborative project by inviting kids to build one long road together using BIG pieces of cardboard!
More Rainbow Crafts For Kindergartners:
Rainbow crafts are perfect for kindergartners because they help teach kids about colors and the color wheel. They’re also a fun way for kids to express their creativity, and they can be used as decorations or art projects.
This fun and easy craft project is perfect for any child who loves cereal! You can make it with just about anyone, too. It’s an active activity that requires some fine motor skills as well color sorting/counting practice while preparing all of your ingredients on one plate at once – not too complicated or time consuming at all.
With a little paint and some imagination, you can make beautiful rainbows that will bring joy to your yard all year round. Young children love this activity as they’re learning colors and how it works on the color wheel too! You might want keep an eye out for rocks near windows or doors so their artwork gets appreciated more than just inside
St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Idea
Crafting is a great way to introduce preschoolers to important skills like cutting and pasting. It also helps them develop their creativity and imagination. St. Patrick’s Day crafts are a fun way for kids to learn about colors and the color wheel, and they can be used as decorations or art projects.
On St. Patrick’s Day, it is fun to craft. Toddlers can use their imagination in craft projects that they create themselves and these toddler crafts will not only get your kids excited about this festive holiday but they’ll also help them work on important fine motor skills.
What a perfect craft to do on St. Patrick’s Day! This is an easy and fun project that you can easily manage with what supplies are already hanging around the house
Why not blame some silliness on a Leprechaun? This craft involves making some “snow” and hiding gold coins inside.
Your kids will love creating this shamrock preschool craft! It only takes a few supplies and can be done quickly, making it easy for you to go ahead with planned St. Patrick’s day activities.
St. Patrick’s Day Games and Activities
Games are a great way to keep the St. Patrick’s Day celebration going. They’re fun for kids and adults of all ages, and they help teach important skills like counting and strategy. Plus, they’re a great way to keep everyone in the spirit of the holiday.
This St. Patrick’s Day, teach your little one about the alphabet in a fun and interactive way! This activity can be set up quickly with no mess.
This FREE Printable St Patrick’s Day Game makes it easy for you set up, while also being tons of fun in the process as we celebrate this happy day .
Leprechaun Hat Craft
Leprechauns are often depicted wearing hats, and there are many theories as to why this is. One popular belief is that leprechauns wear hats to keep the rain from ruining their hair. Another theory is that leprechauns wear hats so they can hide their gold more easily, as the brim of the hat helps to obscure their faces.
Whatever the reason, we’re sure your child will love making these adorable leprechaun hat crafts:
The Leprechaun Hat is a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day craft idea that will be sure to please any kid who loves making crafts! This post includes two versions to make it easy for you – one full color, and one quick printable version.
These adorable leprechaun craft hats are made with toilet paper rolls and construction paper. Perfect for a little leprechaun head!
Leprechaun Crafts for Kids
Looking for a new St. Patrick’s Day craft to keep the kids entertained? This leprechaun craft is a fun and easy way to get creative with your kids this holiday. Using simple materials like construction paper and popsicle sticks, you can help your child make their very own leprechaun puppet in no time!
Shamrock Craft Ideas for Kids
The shamrock is a type of clover that has three leaves. It’s often used as a symbol of St. Patrick’s day because St. Patrick is said to have used it to explain the Holy Trinity to pagans.
These simple heart clovers are a great craft for kids to do on St. Patrick’s Day! Your child will get practice with measuring and making their own unique decoration
This free and simple shamrock coloring page is a perfect craft idea for Saint Patrick’s day. You can use it as a coloring page or a fun craft for kids with little shredded bits of paper.
Kids will have so much fun making this adorable Shamrock Man who is also a clover! It’s a great way to decorate the classroom, or refrigerator, or as a fun activity to do on a cold/rainy/snowy afternoon.
The craft is a great fine motor activity that also helps toddlers build skills. I’m all about combining fun projects with skill-building, and this project does just that!
Looking for some cute St. Patrick’s day coloring pages to print? These are fun and FREE printable colored activities that you can use with your kids this year!
How To Catch a Leprechaun Craft
Leprechauns are often depicted as mischievous creatures, and many people believe that they can grant wishes if they’re caught. Some people also believe that leprechauns can give you luck if you catch them. That’s why these adorable crafts are great for those active imaginations of kiddos who will delight in the thrill of trying to catch their leprechaun!
The stories about leprechauns are the stuff of legend. They have a pot of gold, probably hidden at the end of a rainbow! Use this craft to activate your child’s imagination and get them crafting.
This adorable craft uses recycled cereal boxes to create a special trap for your little leprechaun friend!
St. Patrick’s Day Classroom Activities for Kids
Saint Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity for teachers to engage their students in fun and festive classroom activities that celebrate Irish culture and heritage. These activities are a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday, and they’re also a lot of fun!
This one is in Spanish or English!
This site has a ton of great activities for your students.
St. Patrick’s Day Craft Ideas
This year’s St Patrick’s Day is coming up fast, and we have you covered with these thematic printables that will inspire creative discussions about the history behind this prestigious global celebration. There are writing prompts for learners who want to get in on some fun activities too!
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St, Patricks day is coming up fast and we’re here to help you get the party started with our free printable activities
St. Patrick’s Day Handprint Craft:
Making handprint crafts is a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. It’s also a great craft project for kids because it’s easy and they can have lots of fun with it (sometimes get messy too! which is way more fun for them, let’s face it;))
This adorable and easy handprint craft idea for St. Patrick’s day is a crowd-pleaser.
What could be more fun than creating your own handprint shamrock with the kids? This is one of our favorite and easiest crafts to create.
Other St Patrick’s Day Craft Decorations:
Decorating for St. Patrick’s Day is a great way to get in the spirit of the holiday. Here are some fun ideas for things you can do to celebrate!
Check out these fun DIY decorations for kids! This year I’m going green with shamrocks made out of simple shapes like circles. Enjoy getting into the festive spirit of St. Patrick’s day
If you’re looking for craft ideas and decorations to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve got you covered! From crafty hats to DIY ornaments, these crafts are sure to please the kids in your life while also getting them excited about this festive holiday. We hope that our craft ideas will inspire an even more fun time celebrating with loved ones near and far on March 17th!