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St. Patrick’s Day Games for the Classroom

March is here and that ushers in the start of spring as well as St. Patrick’s Day! My students always love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the mischief those little leprechauns bring with them. It’s the perfect holiday to break up the long stretch from winter break until spring break with a little fun. In this post I am going to share five St. Patrick’s Day games for the classroom you can use to celebrate the day.

Leprechaun Limbo

Limbo, but make it Irish! 😊 Play Irish dance music while students take turns going under the limbo stick. Have students hold cut out shamrocks or wear a leprechaun hat to add some challenge to the game!  

Pot of Gold Toss

Make a pot out of old box or grab one at a craft and hobby store. (I have also spray painted plastic planters from the home improvement store for large pots.) Have students toss gold coins or yellow bean bags and the one who gest the most in wins! I love to give out rolos, skittles or chocolate gold coins as prizes on St. Patrick’s Day.

Pin the Hat on the Leprechaun

You can truly turn the classic “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” into any holiday specific game! This is my St. Patrick’s Day version. My best tip is to trace your graphic (in this case, the leprechaun) with a projector which makes it easy and looks amazing too!.

Shamrock Scavenger Hunt/ Rainbow Scavenger Hunt

I don’t know about you, but my students always love any game that requires movement. Bonus points if it can be done outside! For a shamrock scavenger hunt hide green shamrock cut outs around the classroom or playground, each with a word on it. Once the class finds and collects all of them, they use the words to reveal a St. Patrick’s Day message.

If you want to try the rainbow scavenger hunt, hide various colored strips of paper and once students find all the papers, they can put them together to make a rainbow! I think your younger students would love this version.

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia

Test your student’s knowledge about the history and celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with a fun trivia game. If you use my St. Patrick’s Day themed worksheet resource here before you play, students should have some good, basic background knowledge about the holiday. I love to do this type of activity during snack time or add where we have 5-10 extra minutes in our day.


These ideas are all simple to prep and easy to execute making them the perfect ideas for a busy St. Patrick’s Day week. I hope you can find some time to add a little fun into your March with these!

These ideas are all simple to prep and easy to execute making them the perfect ideas for a busy St. Patrick’s Day week! I hope you can find some time to add a little fun into your March with these. If you’re looking for other ideas for St. Patrick’s Day, check out my Leprechaun Theme Day and St. Patrick’s Day Worksheets in my TPT store here.

Check out my favorite St. Patrick’s day classroom activities in this blog post.

st. Patrick’s Day Activities for the Elementary Classroom

St. Patrick's Day Games for the Classroom