Happy St. Patty’s Day Everyone! How do you usually celebrate this day? Do you make green food? Do you like to collect four-leaf clovers? Do you eat corned beef?
Here’s 5 fun activities for you to try with your favorite senior.
1.) Play St. Patty’s Day Bingo
Who doesn’t love Bingo? Simply tape the letters L-U-C-K-Y on the top of your cards over B-I-N-G-O. You can always remove these later. Be sure to add to the fun with green blotters, or you could use small shamrock stamps instead for an even more festive time.
Here is a link to free St. Patty’s Day Bingo print out cards with leprechauns, green boots, pot of gold, and other cute St. Patty’s Day symbols instead of numbers.
2.) Have an Irish-themed Community Dinner
Have a group of friends plan out a big dinner with Irish-themed appetizers, dinner, and drinks. Instead of all meeting at one person’s house for each course, separate each course to a different friend’s house. You meet up at one person’s house for appetizers, then move to another person’s house for the main course, and another person’s home for dessert.
This can work especially well in a senior living community or retirement complex. For more details on how this works, check out this article by eHow on St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Seniors. If you need help with recipe ideas, take a look at Allrecipes.com’s St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Collections.
3.) Make Shamrock Pins
Shamrocks are easy to cut out of green construction paper, felt, or patterned scrapbook paper. You can customize this with glitter glue in any shade you like, alphabet stamps, markers, paint, etc. The possibilities are endless.
This is a cute way to show off your St. Patty’s spirit, and at the same time avoid getting pinched. To get some inspiration, check out these adorable pins and other crafts from Martha Stewart.
4.) Attend a Parade
Parades are always the perfect way to get into the spirit of a holiday. The look on all children’s faces as the parade goes by is priceless. This is a great way to interact with your community as well.
You can find out if there’s a parade going on in your area by using StPatricksDay.com’s neat Worldwide St Patrick’s Day Parade Locator here. Just select your state and it will pop up with parades near you. Warning: you must be at least somewhat tolerant to bagpipes in order to enjoy this event.
5.) Play Themed Pictionary
Pictionary is a fun game that requires lots of imagination and creativity. You can customize this game to be suitable to the holidays. Make up your own cards with Irish-themed places, people, symbols, foods, and drinks. Have a good laugh watching friends and family try to guess what your drawing represents.
For a refresher on the Pictionary game rules, go here.
We hope you have fun however you choose to celebrate today. May you find your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!