These happy St. Patrick’s Day games are the perfect St. Patrick’s Day activities for celebrating at home, at a party, or even at work. They’re simple minute to win it games that anyone can play without much prep beforehand.
I never really cared about St. Patrick’s Day (not even wishing anyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day) until I got married. My husband’s family is part Irish, so somehow I inherited a need to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Like corned beef and hash, potato soup and all. I’d never even considered having corned beef until after we got married and now it’s a St. Patrick’s Day tradition along with other fun St. Patrick’s Day activities.
Since St. Patrick’s Day parties and actually celebrating seems to be here to stay, I decided to create some happy St. Patrick’s Day games that are perfect for you to play at a party, with your family, or really anyone. They’re minute to win it games and just a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and super easy to put together. And best of all, they work great as games for adults, games for kids, and even games for preschoolers!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Games
How to Play Minute to Win It Games
These games are all played minute to win it style, which means you can play them in one of three different ways depending on the group you’re playing with. If you have a large group, go with a team competition. And if you’re playing with a group of younger kids like preschoolers, you could just get rid of the clock all together and play an everyone wins style.
Style #1: Man vs. Clock – In this version, one player will be trying to beat the clock for each game. So for instance, they will have to try and get all of the Lucky Charms from one bottle to another within a minute (hence the Minute to Win It). If they do, they win a prize. If not, let someone else have a shot. If you go with this style, I recommend choosing a different person for each game.
Style #2: Head to Head – In this style, you’ll pick two players for each game who will going head to head against each other playing a game rather than trying to beat the clock. So you’ll give each person a bottle and see who can get the sprinkles from one bottle to the next first. The first person to finish wins the prize. Again, rotate through pairs for each game, repeating players as necessary.
Style #3: Team Competition – In this style, you’ll split your group into two (or 3 or 10 depending on the number of guests) teams. For each game, teams must choose one player to compete head to head in the game with the other teams. So for instance, each team will be given a bottle and the first team to finish will receive 10 points, the second team will receive 5, etc. This works best if you have quite a few people and is a good way to get everyone involved cheering for their team.
Supplies Needed for these St. Patrick’s Day Games
This is the full list of supplies needed to play all of the games. If you’d rather play just a few of them, obviously just order the supplies you’ll need to play those individual games. I just put them all here in case you wanted a full list to shop from. Enjoy!
- Two empty 2-liter bottles
- Lucky Charms cereal or a bag of these Lucky Charm like marshmallows work too
- Duct tape – this green tape would be awesome!
- Mini leprechauns, leprechaun balls, or these mini Leprechaun porcupine balls
- Green clothing, hats, socks, etc.
- Six-sided dice
- Free printable roll a rainbow card
- Colored ping pong balls
- St. Patrick’s Day bucket or fish bowl
- Blarney stone or small stones
- Large pot (a plastic kettle like this one would be fun)
- Green tissue boxes
- Panty hose
- Water bottles
- Little Dixie Cups
- Four-leaf clover stickers
- Irish food/drink
- Gold coins (or even better if they’re multi-colored like these ones)
- Large bowls
- Limericks, cut out into individual lines
- Colored balloons (one color per team)
Instructions for St. Patrick’s Day Games
#1 – Lucky Charms
Fill a 2-liter bottle with Lucky Charms cereal (or get this bag of marshmallows and just use the marshmallows) then tape the filled bottle to another empty 2-liter bottle.
To play, players must be the first to transfer all of the Lucky Charms from one bottle to the other.
#2 – It’s Not Easy Being Green
Find as many green items of clothing as you can and put them in a bucket. You’ll need one bucket of clothes for each team.
To play, players must either hop like a frog, or if you want to use two players, must play leap frog from side of the room to the other side of the room where the bucket of green items should be placed. When they reach the bucket, they must put on one item of clothing then hop/leap frog back to the other side. The first player to successfully go back and forth five times, putting on an additional green item each time, wins.
#3 – Roll a Rainbow
Print out enough of these roll a rainbow sheets either for everyone who will play to have one or one per team. Or if you’re feeling crafty, print out one per person who will be playing at the same time and laminate them so multiple teams can use the same one.
To play, players must use one die to try to be the first to “roll a rainbow” by rolling the number on the die associated with a color on the rainbow. You can get full rules and details here.
#4 – Blarney Stone Bounce
Buy a little Blarney Stone replica (like this one) or just fill a fish bowl or buckets with small stones and put the bucket on one side of the room. On the other side of the room, put buckets with colored/numbered ping pong balls or just have people play at different times so you can keep track of whose ball is whose.
To play, players must stand on one side of the room and bounce ping pong balls across the room, trying to land one in the Blarney Stone bucket you set up previously. First player to land one successfully in the bucket wins.
#5 – Shamrock Shake
Before the game, empty a green tissue box for each player and tape a pair of panty hose on it so that you can basically tie the tissue box to your waist.
To play, players must put 20 green ping pong balls inside of the tissue box then tie the tissue box around their waist. Then as soon as the timer starts, players must shake their hips and do a “shamrock shake” to be the first one to get all of the balls out.
#6 – Catch a Leprechaun
Pick up some cheap mini leprechaun figurines (or these Leprechaun porcupine balls would be perfect), one for each team of two. Set one leprechaun and two books on one side of the room and a pot at the other side for the room.
This game is played in teams of two. To play, players must bat the leprechaun back and forth across the room using only the books (or their hands if you’re worried about the books) to drop it in the pot. If they drop it on their way to the pot or around the pot as they’re trying to drop it in, they must go back to the beginning and try to catch their leprechaun again.
#7 – Bowl of Potatoes
Give each player a potato and six water bottles. Players must set up the water bottles in a bowling pin formation (3, 2, 1) on one side of the room. To play, they must bowl the potato across the room to knock all of the water bottles over. Getting them over once isn’t too difficult, so players must knock them over a certain number of times or knock over a total number of pins within the time limit.
#8 – Four Leaf Clover Hunt
Fill 10 little Dixie cups per team playing with a non-clear liquid of some sort, Lucky Charms cereal, or something else that says “St. Patrick’s Day.” On the bottom of one little Dixie cup (per team, so if you have five teams = 5 cups), put a 4-leaf clover sticker. Don’t put anything on the others. Line all of the cups up in a group on one table before the game.
To play, players must pick one cup and eat/drink the contents in it then look at the bottom of the cup to see if they found a 4-leaf clover. If they didn’t, they must continue picking and consuming cup contents until they’ve found one.
#9 – Pot of Gold
Tape a large (like 6’x6′) square on the ground. In the middle of the square, place a large pot.
To play, players must stand outside of the square and attempt to bounce plastic gold coins to land them in the pot. I recommend using different colored coins for each team playing but if not, just make sure to pay close attention to see whose coin actually lands in the pot. The first person to land three coins in the pot wins.
#10 – Cabbage Crawl
Tape a long piece of tape across one side of the room and then another one at the other side of the room. On the one side of the room, put one head of cabbage for each team.
To play, players must get down on their hands and knees and push their head of cabbage to the other side of the room using just their head, crawling on their hands and knees. The first player to have their cabbage cross the finish line wins.
#11 – Feeling Lucky
Give each player a large bowl of Lucky Charms cereal (even more fun if it’s in a St. Patrick’s Day hat like this one instead of a bowl) and a spoon. Players have to race to find one of each of the different Lucky Charms by either just using their mouth or using the spoon in their mouth (my preschooler liked to just use his mouth). First player to find one of each wins.
#12 – Five Line Limerick
Before the game, print out one funny limerick per team and cut each line of the the limerick so it is on a separate line (making sure to keep each limerick together). Place one line of the limerick in a balloon, repeating until you have five balloons with one line of the limerick in each. Do this with each of the limericks, making sure to use a different color balloon for each limerick. So when you’re done, you’ll have five balloons (with limerick lines inside) for each team.
To play, players must blow up and pop the balloons containing their limerick lines. Once they’ve popped all five balloons, they must put the limerick in order. First team to put their limerick in order wins.
Other Happy St. Patrick’s Day Activities & Games
If none of these work for you, here are some simple St. Patrick’s Day games you can just print and play!
- Lucky Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt
- Pin the hat on the leprechaun
- St. Patrick’s Day Bingo
- St. Patrick’s Day Scratch Off Game
- Printable St. Patrick’s Day Puzzles
Prizes for St. Patrick’s Day Games
- How to Catch a Leprechaun Book
- St. Patrick’s Day Socks
- Chocolate gold coins
- Pot of Gold chocolate collection
- I’m Magical Rainbow Tee
- St. Patrick’s Day Rubber Ducks (for the kids)