St. Patrick’s day is a little bit tricky to know what to do with your kids. That’s why I have created this simple St. Patrick’s day treasure hunt! Your kids will love racing around the house following the leprechaun’s trail as you try to capture some gold. At each stop the leprechaun leaves a little sign that he was there and a hint of where to find him next. The hints are fun because they incorporate traditional Irish terminology. They are easy enough for a three year old to navigate but you can customize it for older kids by hiding the hints in more difficult locations.
What you’ll need
(most of these are optional or interchangeable just depending on your preference)
The Clues- (you can print them or copy them onto your own paper)
Green food coloring
Some sort of wearable green (CLOTHING , jewelry, sticker, or nail polish…etc)
Ending treasure – I use chocolate gold coins and balloon rainbow
First, print the clues (located at the bottom of the post) and place the first hint in a prominent place that you can easily draw the kids attention to. I like to put it outside my kid’s rooms with a little statue of a leprechaun. The statue is not necessary but I find it helps to peek their interest and curiosity. Another good idea would be to tape it on the wall by a picture of a leprechaun, pot of gold or rainbow.
After that you’ll be running to the pantry or kitchen (wherever you keep your cereal). This is where I like to have a new box of lucky charms but you can customize and have some other breakfast food there. I have mine open with little pieces scattered about, making it look like the leprechaun might have just been there.
The next hint leads to the fridge or counter top. I prefer the fridge because it’s more hidden. I like to put a couple drops of food coloring in the milk to make it look like the leprechaun turned it green (if you are a dairy free home, water or almond milk can work great too.) If you want to go the extra mile you can set up a small bowl of cereal in the fridge that looks half eaten!
After that you are headed to the laundry room/ washer and dryer/ hamper. This clue talks about wearing green. I like to have green clothing items. I have linked some HERE from old navy that are very affordable but these aren’t necessary. A green sticker, jewelry, temporary tattoo, nail polish, face paint or whatever you can think of can work for this part too.
Next you’ll be on your way to a bathroom. I like to put a couple drops of green food coloring in the toilet and if you want to go the extra mile you can use some green paint to make a couple leprechaun foot prints. I’ve linked the paint I used HERE. I like it because it was a really easy clean up.
The very last clue alludes to leaving out of a door. I like to use my front door for this but use whatever door makes most sense for you. This is where the kids will find their “treasure”. You can be as simple or as elaborate as you want with the final treasure. The end clue talks about gold so I like to have some chocolate gold coins and some sort of rainbow. This time I used balloons but you can do a streamer rainbow or anything else you can think of!
The Clues are in a Jpeg below. The easiest way to get them on your computer is to drag and drop it onto your desktop.
I hope this is a fun activity for you and your kids. Comment below if you have any questions. I would also love to hear your experience if you end up doing it. Subscribe to our email list for more fun things to do with your kids.