13 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Projects for Kids

The color green, chasing leprechauns, and four leaf clovers, it’s St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate as a family with lots of fun projects, science experiments, and even a rainbow snack.

Leprechaun Trap & Hotel (All Ages)

Turn your crate into a trap or hotel for holiday characters like leprechauns. Thank you to Ashley Rose for this photo!

Songbird set out to build a leprechaun trap out of an old Kiwi Crate box (which she repainted) for St. Patrick’s Day, but followed her ingenuity and her heart to build something even better. Mom writes on her Grey House Harbor blog, “After much deliberation, Songbird decided on a rather imaginative course of action. Having seen the leprechauns work their way out of all our traps thus far, she decided to catch them with kindness. She figures that after a long night of hunting for gold, they may be in need of rest. A tiny hotel would be just the place they can kick up their feet and stay awhile – maybe even until morning when she can politely ask for a pot of gold.”

Gold Slime (Ages 3-6)

Create an amazing, oozing mix of ingredients that looks like gold. Don’t worry about getting a little messy, because who doesn’t like slime?

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Marbled Paperweight (Ages 9-16) 

These pretty rainbow rocks are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! With just some nail polish and water, you can transform an ordinary rock into your own rainbow rock.

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Rainbow Paper Experiment (Ages 9-16)

Did you know that you can create a rainbow with clear nail polish? Try this quick experiment using clear nail polish and black paper to make a swirling mix of colors. Since it involves nail polish, younger kids shouldn’t attempt this on their own. Although with supervision, it’s simple enough for elementary age kids to enjoy as well. Just make sure to supervise and protect your table or work surface from spills.

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Embossed Metal Coins (7-16)

Create a stash of golden coins following these simple steps. Once your stash of golden coins is ready, find a nice little pot to keep them in.

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Fingerprint Clovers (Ages 2-9)

A quick & fun little activity to turn your little one’s fingerprints into little clovers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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Rainbow Spinning Art (Ages 7-16)

If you prefer a modern take on the rainbow, grab a salad spinner! Experiment with the placement of the paint. What kinds of patterns can you create? What about colors? What colors mix together to create new ones?

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Rainbow Kebabs (Ages 3-10)

Eat all the colors of the rainbow with this delicious and healthy snack! Pick out fruits to follow the colors of the rainbow, but use any variety of fruit your family likes best.

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Jiggly Rainbow Cups (Ages 3-7)

Even though they took a bit of time, the final results were well worth the effort. Try out different molds and combination of flavors and colors!

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Rainbow CD (Ages 3-5)

Place the CD on the floor a couple inches away from the wall and shine light onto the CD with a flashlight. What do you see? Try changing the distance between the CD and the wall. What happens? Try changing the distance between the flashlight and the CD. What happens now?

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Spectroscope (Ages 9-16)

Study the science behind rainbows with a do-it-yourself spectroscope! You can see all the colors that make up white light from the sun, and the unique color patterns in light from light bulbs and other sources.

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Skittles Experiment (Ages 3-16)

Do you ever have more candy than you know what to do with? Try this experiment with your little ones – sometimes playing with food is inevitable, but with sweet science, comes knowledge!

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Making Green (Ages 3-7)

Since this day is all about the color green, give this science experiment a try! Create the color green in three different temperatures of water and watch the color mix.

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