St. Patrick’s Day isn’t exactly the most exciting of holidays. I think you can all relate. It just can’t hold a candle to Christmas, 4th of July, or Halloween. To be honest, I’ve never given the holiday much thought beyond some speck of green to avoid pinching & a shepherd’s pie dinner.
Until last year, that is.
On St. Patrick’s eve as I was tucking my oldest into bed, he said, “You know, I don’t like St. Patrick’s Day. It’s so boring.” That statement (true as it may be) just wasn’t gonna fly with me. No holiday deserves to be labeled “boring”. So I scooped my boys out of bed & headed to my craft closet. On a whim we whipped up a leprechaun trap, (judging by the gold footsteps discovered the next morning that little leprechaun narrowly escaped). Afterwards, I tucked my boys back in bed & went straight to Pinterest. After a totally disappointing search (I mean, I found some super cutesy crafts & treats but nothing, you know, not boring) I set out to come up with some sort of activity that I could create last minute with the supplies I had on hand. That’s when I put together this St. Patrick’s Day rainbow hunt. Putting together this St. Patrick’s Day rainbow hunt couldn’t be easier. Basically, my boys were each given a printable rainbow & a clue. The clue led to another clue & a crayon. They were instructed to color one rainbow stripe with each crayon they came across. They went on finding crayons & clues until they filled in the whole rainbow. When their rainbow was complete the final clue would lead them to a pot o’ gold (I used Rolos but gold coins, Hershey’s Kisses, or any other foil wrapped surprise will work). Easy for me, fun for them. Double score! My boy’s were sold; St. Patrick’s Day is fun.
Putting together your own rainbow hunt couldn’t easier:
- Print out the clues & however many rainbows you need.Gather crayons, markers, or whatever colorful writing utensils you can find in each color of the rainbow.
- Reserve the first clue & the rainbows to give to the kids at the start of their hunt.
- Take the second clue & hide it in the designated spot along with the first crayon (red)
- Repeat with each clue & accompanying crayon.
- Lastly, hide the pot of gold for the grand finale.
- Repeat, as many times as your children insist. If your kids are anything like mine they’ll want to recreate the St. Patrick’s Day rainbow hunt at least a half dozen times before the day is done.If you are looking for a little fun to brighten up your St. Patrick’s Day gather some crayons & something gold, & use this free printable to put on your own St. Patrick’s Day rainbow hunt.
We are seeing GREEN here, at HowDoesShe! Here are a few more adorable ideas to make St. Patrick’s Day extra special: