Post a copy of this printout at the entrance to your St Patrick’s Day Party along with name tags and markers. Party goers figure out their “Leprechaun” name, write it on a name tag and go by that name during the party.
I put my 1st grade aged grand-daughter in charge of this activity at our St Patrick’s Day breakfast. She really had fun helping everyone’s leprechaun name and carefully wrote it on name tag stickers.
This was a very simple activity that was actually very fun and good for a few laughs. My leprechaun name is Merry McMagic. What’s your leprechaun name?
Whether celebrating St Patrick’s Day or considering your Irish roots at your next family reunion here are a couple of fun Irish game ideas.
Musical Shamrock Game
Make very large green shamrock shapes about 2 feet square. They don’t need to be fancy just simple shamrock shapes. The ideas is similar to “musical chairs” game- you want to have fewer shamrocks than players. Scatter shamrocks over the playing area. Explain that as the music plays all the players must keep moving but must stay off the shamrocks. When the music stops players run to a shamrock. However, each shamrock must have three players on it. Those with only one or two as well as those that have nowhere to stand are eliminated. Remove a shamrock or two after each round. (You always want to have fewer shamrocks than players) Winners of the game are those who have not been eliminated when only one shamrock remains. Give out green lollypops, cupcakes or stickers for prizes.
Irish Scavenger Hunt
Divide into teams, giving each team an identical list of green items. Tell each team that they must stay together when searching for their green items.
Some ideas to search for:
Something that grows green
Something you are wearing that is green
Green crayon, green colored pencil, green marker
Find a plastic item that is green
Find something soft that is green
Something hard that is green
Find something you can build with that is green
3 leaf clover
Fruit that is green
Vegetable that is green
Irish “Road Bowling” Game
Croquet is supposed to have come from a game called Crookey in Northern Ireland but another fun “real” Irish game is “Road Bowling”. Road bowling is an unusual version of bowling that is particular to Ireland. It is played with a steal shot, (or use your own idea for a ball of some sort) which is tossed under arm by the player down a twisty road. The player who gets to the finish line with the least amount of throws wins.
Why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover? You don’t want to press your luck.
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.