Kids Love These Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Games
What’s a children’s party without fun and games? If you’re planning a party, you may want to incorporate these favorite kids’ St. Patrick’s Day games to keep all of the little leprechauns happy.
Hot potato is a game you may have played as a child. Explain that the object of the game is to get rid of the ‘hot’ potato by passing it from one person to the next while the Irish music plays. When the music stops the person holding the potato is out. This continues until all but one are out and the one remaining wins a small prize.
Create an Irish variation for Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Instead of a picture of a donkey you’ll have a large picture of a leprechaun hung on the wall. The place the shamrock should go should be easily recognizable. Each child will be given a paper shamrock with their name on it. Put tape on the back. Blindfold each child during their turn. Spin them around and see if they can put the shamrock in the right place. The child who gets closest to the right place is given a small prize.
Have a gold coin toss. Place a cast iron pot on the floor and mark a spot a little way away for children to place their feet. Each child will be given a gold plastic coin. The child will then try to toss their coin into the pot. If they make the toss they will be given a small prize like a sticker or small piece of candy.
Children love to play treasure hunt. Before the party begins, hide 50 to 100 plastic gold coins (depending upon how many children there are). Ask the children to help you find the gold coins the leprechaun lost. The children will be given a bag, plastic bucket or cup to hold the coins they find. Give them a specific amount of time to find gold coins. To make the game more fun, you may want to give them a sticker or piece of candy for each coin they find, as well as allowing them to keep the plastic coins.
Instead of playing Simon Says, play Leprechaun Says. An adult will be the leprechaun and will give the instructions. You can use things such as bend down to pick up a gold coin, reach up to touch the rainbow, get on your knees and look for a four-leaf clover or anything else you can think of that would be related to St. Patrick’s Day. Any child who does what the leprechaun says when you didn’t say “leprechaun says” will be out. The child remaining at the end of the game wins a small prize.
Even though these games are based on common children’s games, they’re perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party. The children will know how to play and may already be good at each one. Everyone will have fun when they play these favorite kids’ St. Patrick’s Day games.
Don’t forget to serve some fun and tasty St. Patrick’s Day foods at your party too!