How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Kids

  • 01 of 07

    Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Kids

    St. Patricks Day marked with shamrock in calendar
    St. Patrick's Day. Vstock/Creative RF/Getty Images

    Every holiday offers moments for education, be sure to take advantage of them. Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is no different.  Here are some ideas for celebrating St. Patrick's Day that are both fun and educational.  You can learn about St. Patrick and his contributions to history with your children.  If you're of Irish descent, trace some of your family back to Ireland and learn about your roots.

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  • 02 of 07

    Who is St. Patrick?

    St Patrick's cathedral, Dublin City, Ireland
    St. Patrick's Cathedral. David Soanes Photography/Moment/Getty Images

    Most kids have no idea who St. Patrick was or why we celebrate a day for him. Most adults probably couldn't answer the question either. So take some time to talk about St. Patrick and what his accomplishments were.  What made him so important?  You can either check him out on the internet or take a trip to your local library for some books about St. Patrick and the origins of St. Patrick's Day.

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  • 03 of 07

    Explore Irish Culture with Food

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    Traditional Irish Meal. Susan Marie Andersson/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    Using traditional meal ideas from other countries is a great way to explore other cultures.  Let your children help you prepare a traditional Irish meal.  You could make Potato Soup, or maybe Corned Beef and Cabbage.  Talk about what the main crops are in Ireland.   

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  • 04 of 07

    St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Spectators' headwear at the St Patrick's Day Parade.
    St. Patrick's Day Parade. Ian Connellan/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images

    See if there is a St. Patrick's Day parade happening in, or near your hometown. Dress up, paint your faces and have fun with it!  The dollar store usually has some fun stuff for costumes.  

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  • 05 of 07

    Try Irish Stepdancing

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    Irish Dance. James Jordan Photography/Moment/Getty Images

    Irish Stepdance is a traditional Irish dance. You can pull up some videos online to show your children what it is.  Be sure to point out the beautiful costumes that the dancers wear, you could extend this by talking about Celtic Knotwork and what some of the designs mean. Then have everyone join in for your very own Irish Stepdance party at your home. This is sure to bring on a lot of laughter and a lot of aerobic movement.

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  • 06 of 07

    Make an Irish Flag

    Irish Flag
    Irish Flag. Getty Images

    Using paint, crayons or construction paper, have your children make an Irish flag to display at your home on St. Patrick's Day. The colors of the Irish flag are Green, White, and Orange. Although in some texts, you will find that the Orange used to be Gold or Yellow.  

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  • 07 of 07

    The Irish Sterotype

    Men driving a flock of sheep on a wet road.
    Irish Farmers. Tony Wheeler/Lonely Planet Images

    During your talks about Ireland and the Irish people, tell your children about how many of the Irish are hard working farmers. St. Patrick's Day, sadly has become related to heavy drinking and partying. This is not what the holiday is about and a sad stereotype of the Irish people. Let's remove those stereotypes.