St Patrick’s Day Crafts & Recipes for Kids

Want to celebrate a little St. Patrick’s Day fun? Enjoy one or more of these St Patrick’s Day crafts and fun with your kids.

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Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up. My kids love having something to celebrate. And even though we’re not Irish, we have a great affection for Patrick, as a fellow saint, who loved God and wanted to share His goodness with the people of the Emerald Isle.

Years ago I started reading up on Saint Patrick and was really impressed that there was more to the holiday than green beer and leprechauns, though they may be fun and all. Well, not the green beer part. Hand me a Guinness.

The kids and I took an Irish Film class last fall, and it was so interesting to learn more about the people and culture of Ireland. There’s such a richness of stories and traditions. We are hoping to include Ireland in our next trip to Europe.

Not having been to Ireland yet, I have no idea what all is done for St. Patrick’s Day there, though I have heard that we Americans make a bigger deal out of it. And I’ll be honest, some of our Americanized celebrations are goofy, but kids love goofy!

I’ve collected a mixture of goofy and authentic here in terms of St. Patrick’s Day crafts and recipes you can do with your kids.

St Patrick’s Day Crafts & Recipes for Kids

Here’s a fun list of 8 things you can do with your kids for St Patty’s Day:

Tie Dye Shirts in green, of course!

You know from your own childhood how fun the wearing of the green can be. Have a little craft party and tie dye tshirts in green.

Just make sure you wear rubber gloves or you’ll be wearing more than a green shirt on March 17th!

Read a chapter book about Patrick.

This book is one of our favorite read alouds. I borrowed it from a friend for the first few years of homeschooling and then ended up buying a copy to keep. It tells the tale of young Patrick’s kidnapping, subsequent conversion to Christianity, and how he shared the gospel with the very people who’d enslaved him.

We started a reread of it this week.

St Patrick’s Day Crafts & Recipes for Kids

Share a bowl of Irish Stew.

This is our favorite dinner for St Patrick’s Day. I make Irish Stew or this Guinness Stew every year. It’s easy enough that the kids can help load the slow cooker and then the crockpot does the rest of the work.

It’s homey, comforting food.

Talk about the meaning behind St Patrick’s Day.

Whether you observe saint days or not, I think it’s good to know the meaning behind any “holiday” we recognize. I was so surprised as an adult to realize that this day had something deeper than leprechauns behind it.

Make green candied popcorn.

That said, I still think it’s cool to make green stuff. This popcorn recipe looks easy enough and I love it that the popcorn kernel shapes are reminiscent of shamrock shapes.

St Patrick’s Day Crafts & Recipes for Kids

Try out some new crafts.

This is the age of Pinterest, is it not? Check out my board of St Patrick’s Day crafts, recipes, and activities. There are so many cool things you could do.

Or simply do a collage of green things that you and your kids find in old magazines. Simple works just as well as complex.

Bake a loaf of Irish Soda Bread.

Soda bread is easy to make and delicious when served warm with butter or a slice of Dubliner cheese.

St Patrick’s Day Crafts & Recipes for Kids

Enjoy an apple dessert.

Apples are an integral part of Irish culture. In fact, it used to be that if a tenant planted apple trees on the property he was renting, when he moved the landlord had to compensate him for improving the property.

Make a large Slab Apple Pie, a traditional round pie, or a simpler apple crisp together.

What St Patrick’s Day Crafts and Recipes does YOUR family enjoy?

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* This post was originally published on March 12, 2011.

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  1. Thanks for these great ideas! My father actually immigrated from Ireland so this day is near and dear to my heart.

    Here is a wonderful piece on St. Patrick by one of my favorite Christian thinkers, Chuck Colson:

  2. Love your website and all the ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to try the apple crisp recipe. Sincerely, Cindy Eckhart

  3. i put a little green food coloring in the toilets!! I also use it in some of the foods we eat that day..

  4. This is what we do…we have a “visitor” come in the night…he leaves his footprints, a pot of gold, and Lucky Charms.

  5. Great ideas!!

  6. I love reading on other blogs what everyone else does for St Patricks Day, but here we don’t actually do that much!

    The kids don’t even have the day off school, they don’t wear green, we don’t have “visitors” playing tricks and no-one gets pinched!

    In fact, we don’t eat corned beef either!!!

    Your bread and stew look very tasty.

    However, I DO wish you a very happy St Patricks Day from my blog to yours 🙂

  7. Dubliner cheese is the best! I am hoping to try the stamping project with Green Peppers as I saw on Pinterest.

  8. A few years ago we started having a “Green Feast.” My almost 3 year old was born on St. Patrick’s Day so it doubles as his birthday party. We have as many naturally green foods as possible (it’s a great way to encourage kids to eat fruits and vegetables!!) My kids are already excitedly planning this year’s feast. Some foods we’ve had in the past and are planning to have again are: green peppers and cucumbers with guacamole and spinach hummus for dipping, a fruit tray with green pears, green apples, green grapes, kiwi and honeydew, sautéed zucchini, sautéed spinach, grilled asparagus, and pasta with spinach pesto.

  9. Angela Shrader says:

    My kids love celebrating all holidays (including Groundhog’s Day). However, I am always lacking in the Mommy of the year department :/ I’m going to take a few of these ideas tho and run with them. Also for breakfast I’m thinking of Ihop’s green eggs and ham commercial (for Dr. Seuss) I think we’ll do something similar.

  10. My boys and I made the soda bread tonight and it was fantastic. Thank you for the recipe. Tried one loaf with coconut oil ‘just to see’ and it was really about the same as the one with the canola oil.

  11. Mark Rutledge says:

    Celebrate my daughter Sara’ 5 th birthday.
    (and no we did not consider naming her Patsy, Pat or Patty)

  12. we always have corn beef and cabbage for dinner.

  13. We were planning on Irish Stew and green ice cream but I didn’t know that about apples in Ireland. Now I HAVE to make apple crisp- my favorite! 🙂

  14. Joybird6 says:

    Thanks for all of the ideas Jessica! Irish Soda Bread is one of my favorites! Our library gives us access to hoopla – and the audio version of Saint Patrick is there – hooray! We’ll also be making the green popcorn. =) Thanks for being an awesome resource!

    • Ooh. Is it the audio version of the same book we read? I had no idea that existed!

      • Yep – looks like it! And since I can’t get my hands on a copy of the book before Thursday, I’m thankful for the audio version!

        • Fun! I should add that some of the vocabulary and syntax is a little off. I found myself editing as I read because I got so tired of reading “the humbled youth” or “the embarassed teenager”. The writing style grated a little this last reading through.

          • I wondered if there would be somewhat of an issue with the vocabulary/syntax… That’s why I’m happy to not have to read and just listen! *grin*

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