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Teaching Your Kids About St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and while this is traditionally an Irish holiday it is widely celebrated worldwide. In the USA, it’s a holiday full of leprechauns and rainbows. Now while most people use St. Patrick's Day as a day to celebrate everything Irish, there is actually a story behind the day. Saint Patrick, one of Ireland's most cherished saint who ministered Christianity in the fifth century, a very long time ago, died on March 17th. That day is now celebrated as St. Patrick's Day. If you would love to teach your kids about St. Patrick's Day, here are a few ideas:


Do a Country Study: One way to teach your kids about St. Patrick’s Day is to do a country study. One thing you will learn about St. Patrick’s Day is that every country celebrates it a little differently. Some countries have parades, others have festivals, while of course celebrating the color green. Focus on a few countries with your child and study their St. Patty’s Day culture.

Read St. Patrick's Day Books: If you would love for your kids to understand and separate fact from fiction, there are a few books you can read together to help do that. One of them being Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, it's a very easy read and told in language that is easy to understand. For a bit more fun you can check out three of our favorite St. Patrick's Day Books for kids.

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia: Another way you can teach your kids about St. Patrick’s Day is by having a trivia day. After you've done your country study and read your books, you can sit down and teach your kids some other fun things they will love about St. Patrick’s Day. After you have done this, have a little trivia day with fun little St. Patrick's Day themed prizes. This can be a day you can pass out a mini bag of skittles representing a rainbow.


Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day: Now it's been claimed that leprechauns can't see you if you wear the color green. Apparently if you're not wearing green then they can sneak up and pinch you. It's why almost everyone wears the color green on St. Patrick's Day, the day most celebrated with leprechauns. Let your kids wear green and let them know it’s been happening for centuries. Pretty cool!

Spend Time Doing Crafts: Kids love crafts and St. Patty’s Day is an excellent time for this. Shamrocks, clovers, leprechauns, and anything green can all be part of the fun when it comes to doing St. Patrick’s Day crafts. I’ve seen some really cute ones on Pinterest!

Pretend to Be Irish If You're Not: One of the really cool things I loved discovering about St. Patrick’s Day is that it was brought over from the Irish culture. You can do traditional Irish meals such as corned beef and cabbage or even the very traditional shepherds pie.

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be a serious holiday for those of you who aren’t Irish. There is so much fun to be had on St. Patrick’s Day just for the plain fact that you get to wear green, hide from leprechauns and chase rainbows. If you’ve never celebrated St. Patrick’s Day before, I encourage you to get up and head to a parade or throw a little party with your kids.

Let's discuss: How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?


Annmarie John
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  1. Can you believe that I had no idea that was the reason people wore green on St. Patricks Day? I don't think I even knew why they really celebrated. I love your tips. We just usually watch the parade which is a lot of fun.

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    1. I think a lot of people who do celebrate St. Patrick's day don't know why they wear green either. I remember I loved watching the parades myself. I'll be in the UK for St. Patrick's Day so I'm very excited to see how it's done there.

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  2. I usually don't do anything at home because we aren't Irish, so they learn about it in school :)

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    1. We are VERY far from Irish and while I don't do much on that day, I however like to look at others celebrating.

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  3. I grew up in a VERY Irish Catholic family. My great grandparents came to the U.S. from Cork, Ireland in 1907. It's kind of funny because St. Patrick’s Day is the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other. It was not until 1995 that the Government of Ireland established the St. Patrick's Day Festival.

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    1. That is sure amazing to know. So tell me, do you celebrate with the traditional Irish meals?

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  4. I'm all for doing crafts with the kids. They always enjoy getting messy, though. But hey, what can you do? Clean up is fun, too.

    St. Patrick's Day is a little tricky though. We don't always celebrate it in our home.

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    1. Craft is really messy and clean up can be fun, especially when the kids help out.

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  5. That hat is beautiful. Our country does not celebrate St. Patrick's Day though.

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    1. I know quite a few country that doesn't so it doesn't surprise me that yours is one of them. :)

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  6. I never realized how universal ST Patrick's day was but I like the sound of doing a country factfile. It is good to get your children interested!

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    1. Yes it is and you'll be surprised at how much kids can get inspired to learn when its fun.

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  7. Great ideas! I was never really taught about St Patrick's Day and it's relevance until I was in school! I want to do it earlier for my little monster

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    1. That is a great idea. I didn't know much about it myself until recently. I just thought it was a regular day to celebrate. :)

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  8. St. Patrick's Day usually sneaks up on me. I love learning about different cultures through books and food. This year I need to make corned beef and cabbage!

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    1. Oh you and me both. I love it but don't make it often enough.

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  9. To tell you the truth, I never really "got" St. Patrick's Day... so needless to say, I learned lots simply by reading this post.

    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. If I could help at least one person know a little I guess I did my job. :)

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  10. We love St. Patrick's Day in our house. I love doing all the fun rainbow things as well as teaching my kids the origins of the day!

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    1. Oh yes that is great. We love doing the arts and crafts here at our house too.

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  11. Indeed, you can do a lot of fun things with kids on St. Patrick's Day. It will be cool to design a shirt with it as the theme. Of course, the shirt has to be green. :)

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    1. That is a good idea but of course you also get a white shirt and make a great shamrock.

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  12. Love this! These are such great and creative learning ideas for kids! I'm from Savannah where St. Patrick's Day is HUGE and we did a lot of these activities in school in March growing up and would love to use it as an opportunity to teach my kids as well!

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    1. Thank you Claire. I hope that you're able to do a few of them with your own kids.

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  13. These are some fun ideas for St. Patrick's Day! We usually don't do anything special for the day except for wear green.

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    1. Hahaha Karissa, that's what I used to do as well. Welcome to my club!

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  14. That's pretty amazing, I love the suggestions and it's really nice to teach kids about why we're celebrating a specific holiday. I remember asking my parents about each Holiday when I was a kid, very curious as to why it was such a big deal. I'm sure every kid feels that way and it's great to be able to answer all of their questions and have fun along the way!

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    1. That's the thing Elizabeth. We celebrate so many different holidays but we have no idea at times why we're celebrating them. I believe that learning should be fun so I like to do it this way.

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  15. St Patrick's day is not a big thing in Singapore, perhaps except for the beers and alcohol. I'm not exactly sure what it is about though~

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    1. I think a lot of people use it that way as a way to drink but it's not really for that. Maybe you can find a few books that can help you such as the one I suggested.

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  16. Sadly, we don't celebrate St. Patrick's day here,but I love watching the special episodes of it in my favorite American TV series! I love the whole festive energy, everyone's like super hyper leprechauns going around.

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    1. Well at least you get to see some of the celebrations. We do it big here but this year I'm hoping to do it in a different country.

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  17. A country study sounds great! I'll be my kids will enjoy that! I am always on a local search for authentic Irish folk music to celebrate the day!

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    1. Oh music is definitely another way to teach. Anything that is fun.

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  18. Thank you for the primer about St. Patrick's Day. We do not celebrate it here in our country, but I have long known about the green, the clover, the leprechauns and their gold -- but unfortunately, not really the Saint himself.

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    1. I think a lot of people actually forget the reason behind the actual celebration and it's really because of the saint.

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  19. I suppose, being irish, it's strange to me that there are people who have never heard of St. Patrick. But I forget, sometimes, that it's not as big in other countries. This is a great way to teach children about other countries and their customs/cultures.

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    1. That's so true. Not everyone celebrates and it sure is a good way to teach children about other cultures.

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  20. I am married to an Irish man so we all know about it and it's fun to teach out kids about the things about this holiday. btw - love that hat!

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    1. Thank you Laura. I don't know much about Ireland and hoping to visit one day.

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  21. It would be good to have the kids develop appreciation to St. Patrick's Day and other festival. They would really enjoy the festivals.

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  22. Thanks for the reminder! I need to make sure my kids have a fun shirt for St. Patricks day.
    Mine always seemed to magically disappear when I was little and I got pinched... a lot!

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    1. And maybe that's why you got pinched. You weren't wearing green. :)

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  23. These are some great ideas! I think it is so important to teach kids the meaning behind holidays instead of it just being about presents, treats, etc..

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    1. That is so true. It seems these days, every holiday means getting gifts and it's truly not what the holidays are about.

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  24. I grew up in Ireland, and St Patrick's Day parades were such a fun event growing up! We headed to the big parade in San Fran last year, and it is so different celebrating here in the U.S., but still fun :)

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    1. I would so love to go to a St. Patricks Day event in Ireland. I can just imagine how fun those can be.

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  25. Many times we as parents also don't have any idea why these important days are celebrated. It is good to know ourselves and let kids know too.

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    1. And that's why you should find out about them before celebrating with the kids.

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  26. What a great post Amanda. I just moved here from the Philippines 2 years ago and I honestly had no idea what St.Patrick's day was or why it's celebrated. Definitely learned a lot here. Thank you for sharing. At least this year's, St.Patrick's Day will be more meaningful.

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    1. We didn't celebrate St. Patricks Day in the Caribbean myself and it wasn't until I moved to the US years ago that I myself got into it. I don't celebrate much anymore however.

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  27. I'm not Irish but went to Catholic school, everybody celebrates! It's a fun Spring holiday

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    1. It sure is and one that I'm sure the Irish look forward to.

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  28. I have a relatives living in Omagh, Ireland and do they have different way of celebrating it. A beer here and everywhere, big mug they use to make it more festivals.

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    1. I would so love to celebrate it the way they do myself one day.

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  29. Haven't been able to celebrate St. Pat's day even though I always go to the US. For some reason, it's not always in the same season.

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    1. You're going to have to take a trip in the Spring one day and experience it for yourself.

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  30. This is gonna be my 1st St . Patrick's day I'm spending in England and I'm so looking forward for it!!

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    1. It will also be mine and I can't wait to see what the experience is going to be like.

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  31. I never knew why you were supposed to wear green on St. Patrick's Day. Thanks for sharing different ways to teach kids about this holiday. LOVE the shamrock hat!!

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    1. Thank you Brittany and I didn't know the reason why myself either. Now I'll have to keep on wearing green.

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  32. What an informative post! These are great ideas to do with your children. Thank you. :)

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    1. You're very welcome and I hope you're able to use some.

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  33. I celebrate everything Irish on St. Patty's Day. It is all about the green for me. I never knew the story though about why we wear green. I just thought it was a nod to the Emerald Isle.

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    1. And that's what I thought myself before finding out that the leprechauns can't see you if you do. :)

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  34. Books are what works for teaching my dauhter about anything! Seeing a picture and then hearing the story... Definitely the way she learns :)

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    1. Then she'll definitely enjoy the books on St. Patrick's Day.

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