St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday easily celebrated with little ones, due to all the fun activities available on this special day. Though toddlers may not understand the reasons for the holiday, they can certainly participate in dressing up, helping in the kitchen, making crafts and more.
The following activities are five fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with toddlers:
Besides eating traditional Irish foods, find fun ways to ‘dress up’ your toddler’s meals for the holiday. One way to do this is to tint your toddler’s food green (which could be fun, unless they’re a picky eater!); for instance, add some green food coloring to applesauce, yogurt, or to their cereal milk for breakfast.
Another way to make St. Patrick’s Day themed food could be eating only green foods during the day, such as green Kool-Aid, salad, broccoli, pea soup, green Granny Smith apples, pickles, lime popsicles and more.
Lastly, nearly all toddlers love to help in the kitchen; have your little ones help you make some special St. Patrick’s Day desserts: pistachio pudding, green sugar cookies, green-tinted Rice Krispie treats, or green-iced brownies (check out Recipe: Decadent Chocolate Brownies for St. Patrick’s Day ). If baking isn’t your thing, just grab some Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream from the store!
2. Create St. Patrick’s Day crafts
Toddlers and preschoolers love experimenting with art supplies, and making simple, fun crafts. Try cutting out shamrock shapes from green construction paper, and letting your little one decorate them with glitter, sequins, green pom-poms or other decorations.
For less messy arts and crafts projects, let toddlers draw with green crayons or color holiday themed coloring book pages. Check out St.
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3. Celebrate by wearing green clothes
One of the most visual ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with toddlers is to dress up in green clothing, or anything else related to the holiday. To make it really fun, look for flashy accessories and costume clothing they don’t normally wear – green umbrellas, green sunglasses, green hats, earrings, wigs, green scarves, gloves, and more.
4. Decorate for the holidays
After you make those shamrock crafts with your toddlers, display them around the house. Make a giant shamrock, colorful and shiny with glitter or sequins, to hang on the refrigerator or their bedroom door. Make little paper shamrocks to hang under a doorway, by the stairs, or from window frames. Using yarn and beads, make green garlands to decorate mantles, railings and more. Young children love decorations, and helping put them up even more!
5. Play games and sing silly songs about St. Patrick’s Day
Young kids love singing, games, and just generally being silly. Using familiar melodies your toddlers already know – like “Old MacDonald,” “Jingle Bells,” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – make up new, silly lyrics to these songs about St. Patrick’s Day (wearing green, eating green food, decorating, shamrocks and anything else you can think of).
Likewise, make some new twists on familiar games to celebrate the holiday, such as an “I Spy Something Green” marathon, “Leprechaun Says” (instead of “Simon Says”), or create a new variety of “Twister,” using only different shades of green, instead of all the colors. You may also want to know how to set up a therapy gym at home for sensory processing disorder. You may also associate this gym with St. Patrick’s day celebration.
As you can see, St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t just have to be a holiday for adults about corned beef, cabbage and drinking! Celebrating holidays with toddlers can be fun, with many easy and affordable activities, that will help provide memories (and create family traditions) that will last a lifetime.
David Robson is the founder of Complus Alliance. He has been writing about different topics for almost 10 years. He’s main focus is delivering quality insights to a wide array of audience.