When you think about St. Patrick’s Day, you think about drinking or going out to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. But after you have a child your life changes in many ways, including your social life. While an older child would be able to handle busy crowds, such as parades, young kids don’t fare as well. Therefore, it is a better idea to find smaller activities to do with your toddler to celebrate this fun holiday. Here is a list of St. Patrick’s Day activities that are simple that you can do with the youngest of kids:
Find Four-Leaf Clovers
A perfect low-maintenance way to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day is to just go to the park! If it is not raining outside or too cold, then you and your toddler can look for four-leaf clovers in the field of your local park. This is a way to get fresh air right before the start of spring! Find just one or a bunch of four-leaf clovers that you can make into a bouquet depending on your toddler’s attention span. This activity is totally free and all it requires is you, your toddler, and the great outdoors.
Eat Lucky Charms
One of the simplest ways to celebrate this fun holiday is by incorporating it into breakfast. While there are many recipes out there for green pancakes or shamrock shakes, you can go the simpler route by just pouring out a bowl of cereal with milk. If your child is a bit pickier, you can place some Lucky Charms in a sandwich bag to serve as a snack. Even though this cereal is full of sugar, it is fun to eat as a treat on a special occasion. Plus, you can whip up a green smoothie with kale or spinach to balance all of the sugar out!
Make Green Play-Doh
Play-Doh is one of the most fun things for a toddler. If you would like to make green playdough in light of St. Patrick’s Day, this recipe on I Heart Naptime is one of the best recipes. If you or your kid is not the crafty type, you can buy some Hasbro Play-Doh so that you and your child can make four-leaf clovers together with Play-Doh. If you and your child like how your clovers came out enough, you can let them dry and keep them as momentums. Otherwise, you can keep on molding other green figurines together.
Have a Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with young kids! You can find some trinkets at the dollar store, such as gold coins, clovers, pots, or rainbows and hide it around the house so that your kids can find them. Create a checklist, so that after they find these items, they can get stickers or a prize. Since toddlers have such a short attention span, it is important to keep scavenger hunts age-appropriate. This scavenger hunt on Love Grows Wild is great for young kids, as long as you read out the clues for them and give them extra assistance.
Make St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Arts and crafts are a great way for young children to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is symbolized by many fun trinkets to make, including a pot of gold, leprechauns, four and three-leaf clovers, and horseshoes, so the options of what to create with your toddler are endless! Don’t know what to create first? Turn to Pinterest for a plethora of St. Patrick’s Day crafts that are simple enough for enough the smallest of hands to complete.
Make a St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin
Very young children have shorter attention spans, so it is much harder for them to stay still for a long period of time. This sensory bin on Teaching 2 and 3-Year-Olds is great because it can keep young, hyper children busy for a long period of time. I like this one because it uses green peas instead of rice or any other product that requires green food coloring. Place St. Patrick’s Day-themed trinkets in the bin, such as gold coins, clovers, and rainbows for them to play with.
Bake Treats Together
Kids and adults alike love baked treats. If you don’t want to just buy St. Patrick’s Day cookies from the grocery store, you can bake some tasty treats at home. Some of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes include St. Patrick’s Day Brownie Treats, St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes, St. Patrick’s Day Marshmallow Treats, and St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Hats.
Sing St. Patrick’s Day Themed Songs
Music is one of the best ways for toddlers and preschoolers to learn. Take it to YouTube to find some St. Patrick’s themed songs to play for your toddler. Some of my favorite are 5 Green Shamrocks, I’m A Little Leprechaun and Dance Dance Leprechaun. These are educational, catchy songs that your kids would be singing days after St. Patrick’s Day.
Read a St. Patrick’s Themed Story
Early literacy is one of the most important ways to teach toddlers and preschoolers. This is why reading books to your child for St. Patrick’s Day or attending a St. Patrick’s Day Themed Storytime at the library or bookstore could be a good way to mix education and fun. Amazon has a list of their best-selling St. Patrick’s Day books, so you can buy some to put your kid in the St. Patrick’s mood while promoting early literacy.
These are just a few of the many things that you can do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your young child. I hope that you and your kids are able to enjoy celebrating in these simple, creative ways.
Talk to you soon.