St Patrick's Day Games and Activities
Lucky Leprechaun Says
How To Play: Played similar to Simon Says. The player up is
"Lucky Leprechaun". Player will say "Lucky Leprechaun says hop on
one foot". The children will hop on one foot. Player will say "Stop".
The children are to keep hopping on one foot until player says "Lucky
Leprechaun says stop". Repeat for additional activities such as take
one baby step forward, step backwards, turn around, sit down. Sometimes
Lucky Leprechaun will say "Lucky Leprechaun says" and sometimes he
won't. It's a fun game to play with young children.
This game can be simplified for young players utilizing words such as: shamrock, gold, pot. Make more difficult for older players by using short phrases: lucky Irish, pot of gold, etc.
Supplies: Irish Jig Music
How To Play: Begin playing music, everyone moves and dances until the music stops then they must "freeze" in whatever position they happen to be in.
How To Play: Blindfold the player, spin 'em around and let them try to stick the shamrock where it's supposed to go. Give a prize for the player that gets the closest.
How To Play: Sit the children in a circle. Hand one child the potato. Explain to the children that when the music begins they will pass the potato to the person on their right. When the music stops whoever's holding the potato scoots out of the circle and playing resumes.
This game also provides a great opportunity to discuss agriculture in Ireland. Perhaps they could pass while you talk and when you stop (every once in awhile) the person holding the potato has to recap what you said.
How To Play: A child is chosen to be the Leprechaun and hides her eyes as a gold coin is given to a child to hide in his lap or behind his back. The Leprechaun then has three chances to guess which child has their gold coin. (All children hide their hands in their laps/behind their backs like they have it.)
How To Play: Place cardboard pot a little distance from a wall with a paper box lid on floor to catch chocolate bean bags. Mark your distance line according to age and skill of children. Line children up behind the line and place a bucket of gold coin bean bags beside them. Give each child three tries to get their bean bag through the hole. Get all three gold coin bean bags in and earn a 'chocolate' coin reward.
Supplies: Shamrock for each child with instruction written on one side and a chocolate shaped gold coin taped on the other. Instructions might include: Hop like a bunny, walk like a crab, bear walk, skip, walk backwards, etc.
How To Play: Children divide into two teams. Put the shamrocks at the end of the room in two piles. On your mark the first child on each team runs to the pile, takes a shamrock and does what the shamrock says while returning to their team, then sits down. The next team member then runs to the pile...etc. The first team to be sitting down wins. Everyone enjoys a chocolate in the end.
Supplies: Gold coin pillow for each team.
How To Play: Children divide into two teams. Give each team a gold coin pillow. Pillow size should be larger for younger children and smaller for older children. Have one child from each team place the gold coin between their legs and hop to the end of the room and back. They sit down and the next team member goes. This repeats until one team is all sitting.
Supplies: Grey stone pillow for each team.
How To Play: Children divide into two teams. Give each team a grey stone pillow the size of an orange. On your mark, the first child puts the pillow between their chin and neck and passes it to the next player. Here's the catch, players may only use their heads to pass (no hands or teeth allowed). The process continues to the last person in line and then reverses sending the pillow back to the first player in line. The first team to complete the game wins.
How To Play: Have children write their name on a small piece of paper and their guess as to how many coins are in the jar. The child who guesses the right number, or comes closest, gets a 'lucky' sucker. The candy in the jar is then divided among the children. A variation would be that the winner takes the jar of candy home to share with their family.
How To Play: Every child begins by standing on a shamrock that has been taped to the floor. Start the music and have the children walk around the room. When the music stops they need to stand on a shamrock or they're out. Remove one shamrock after each musical segment.