While St. Patrick’s Day is not really thought of as a major holiday, it is still a fun holiday and a great time for kids to play some fun and exciting games.
Can You Guess the Green Game
Green M&M’s, Chocolate Coins (or other candy)
Slips of paper
Fill the glass jar with the green candy and be sure you count how many candies as you put them in the jar.
Have each child guess how many candies are in the jar. Each child should write their name on a slip of paper along with their guess.
The person who guesses the closest wins the jar of candy.
You will need at least four players for this game.
Four or more sheets of green construction paper (one per player)
Trace a shamrock shape onto each piece of construction paper.
Choose an area inside or outside to play the game.
Mark a starting line and a finish line using the tape.
Have players break into teams of two and one player from each team stands at the starting line.
Place one shamrock in front of the person at the starting line and the other team member holds the other shamrock.
When you say “Go” or “Start”, the starting line players hops onto the shamrock with both feet together.
The other team member then places another shamrock down in front of the hopping player.
The hopping player hops onto that shamrock while the other player moves the original shamrock in front of the one that was just hopped on.
This continues until the winning pair moves their shamrock across the finish line first.
Hide and Seek Shamrock
This game works best with a few children playing but can be played with just two players as well.
Green construction paper
Trace a shamrock shape onto the construction paper and then cut out the shape.
Choose one child to be the one to hide the shamrock.
The other players then cover their eyes while the child hides the shamrock in an area that has already
Everyone then opens their eyes and searches for the shamrock.
The person that finds the shamrock gets to hide it next time.
This game works best when there are at least five players.
One person is chosen to sit in the center of a circle and will be the leprechaun.
All of the other players need to sit in a circle and cross their legs.
The person in the middle tosses the potato to another player.
The person in the center then closes their eyes and the potato is passed around the circle.
After several seconds, the center player yells “Shamrock” and opens their eyes.
The person that is holding the potato is then out of the game.
The game continues until there is just one person left in the circle and that person is then the leprechaun for the next game.
Lots of these games can be switched up to work with almost any holiday. Enjoy time spent with your kiddos!