Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Initially, St. Patrick’s Day was meant to honor his death. However, it has become a celebration of everything Irish that comes complete with dancing, traditions, and lots of green! If your grandkids are coming over for a visit and you find yourself running out of ideas to entertain them on this festive day, here are five fun things you can do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your grandkids.
Start a Karaoke Session
No St. Patrick’s Day is complete without music! You can play a traditional Irish tune that makes you want to jump up and do a jig or play some more modern songs for you and your grandkids to sing along to. With so many resources online, setting up is as easy as playing a video from YouTube on the television. Be sure to let loose and have fun together with your grandkids; the only thing that will limit you is your enthusiasm!
Green Irish-Themed Arts and Crafts
High energy and loud activities may not be for everyone. If you prefer to spend some meaningful time with your grandkids this holiday, you can opt for a relaxing arts and craft session with them instead. Try structuring your crafts around the theme of the holiday. Prepare materials with various shades of green and incorporate motifs like leprechauns or pots of gold. Furthermore, depending on the age and skill of your grandkids, you can alter the complexity of the arts and craft project. Just hop over to the nearest mall and get the materials ready before your grandkids arrive. Whether it’s making simple cards or knitting mini-leprechauns, doing arts and crafts together is a wonderful way to spend time together.
Cook Up a St. Patrick’s Day Feast
Cooking is an activity that will excite any grandkid. If it’s not the promise of sweet treats at the end, the many delightful sights and smells of cooking is sure to excite and thoroughly entertain your grandkids. You can make simple baked goods like cupcakes or Rice Krispy treats. Be sure to incorporate the St. Patrick’s Day theme by using green coloring and chocolate gold coins! If you feel up for a challenge, you can test your culinary skills by preparing traditional Irish dishes for your grandkids too!
Organize Games with a St. Patrick’s Day Theme
There are many fun and creative ways to make everyday games feel festive. For example, you can choose exclusively Irish culture-related words for your next round of charades. You can also include a scavenger hunt for green things or play carpet bowling with potatoes and turnips. There are no rules to hold you back! To better engage your grandkids, you can even ask them to join you in conceptualizing these festive games. To make the games even more fun, you can throw in a couple of prizes like sweets or shamrock pins to bring out that competitive spirit in your grandkids.
St. Patrick’s Day is a day that celebrates Irish culture. Even if you are not Irish, you can still make this day a memorable holiday with these fun activities. You can also help your grandkids better appreciate the Irish culture and develop cultural sensitivity by explaining to them the origins and background of St. Patrick’s Day.