Get the kids excited about St. Patrick’s Day with these quick and easy craft and recipe ideas.

For more ways to celebrate, read Atlanta Parent’s list of 2024 St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals in Atlanta and beyond.

Bright Green Smoothie

Naturally sweet, nutritious, and green! In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, 1/4 cup frozen pineapple, 1/2 cup frozen mango, one large banana, and one cup of orange juice. Blend until smooth. Source:

Leprechaun-Spotting Binoculars

Spotting leprechauns is a demanding job! You’ll need: empty cardboard tubes or juice boxes, green paper, pipe cleaners, string, tape and glitter glue. If using juice boxes, open the ends and shape them into a cylinder. Cover each tube with construction paper. Cut pipe cleaners to fit around each opening and glue them in place. Decorate the outside of the binoculars with more glitter glue. Tape the tubes together, and attach the string. Source:

Green Mac & Cheese

What kid doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? Adding fresh spinach, broccoli and peas takes it up a notch – perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Developed by cookbook author Catherine McCord, you can find full instructions for this cheesy treat at

Felt Shamrock Puppets

Create these cute puppets using supplies you probably have in your crafting stash: felt, craft sticks, and assorted decorations. Cut shamrock shapes from green felt and add eyes, nose, and a smile. Glue the shapes to craft sticks and let them dry, then tie a ribbon around the shamrock “stem.” Source:

St. Paddy’s Juicy Boxes

These fun juice boxes will be a hit with kids! You’ll need construction paper in black, green and yellow, juice boxes and tape. Cut green construction paper to fit around each juice box and tape in place. Cut a black belt shape to fit around the box and tape in place. Cut a buckle from yellow paper and tape to the front of the box. Source:

Lucky Leprechaun Photo Props

Get ready for a photoshoot with this interactive craft. You’ll need construction paper in a variety of colors, glue or tape and wooden craft sticks or popsicle sticks. Sketch the shapes of your choice and cut them out. Glue or tape the pieces together and attach the cutouts securely to the sticks. Let the Leprechaun fun begin! Source:

Spinach & White Grape Frozen Pops

Serve a delicious green dessert! Blend 1 c. fresh spinach, 1 c. frozen pineapple, 1 c. frozen green grapes, 1 banana and 1 c. Juicy Juice 100% Juice, White Grape in a blender until smooth. Pour into frozen pop molds, and freeze for one hour. Insert wooden sticks into the mold to freeze for four hours overnight. Source:

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