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12 St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids of All Ages

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids, a scavenger hunt is pretty perfect. Whether you are in a part of the country that’s still having crappy weather (hi, the entire Northeast this week) and need to conduct said scavenging indoors or if you’re thundersnow-free and want to organize a more elaborate outdoor scavenger hunt, one thing’s certain: Kids are going to have a blast searching for a leprechaun’s pot of gold.

Check out these easy St. Patrick’s Day hunt ideas — from finding shamrocks to completing a camera challenge. May the luck o’ the scavenger be with you.

More: How to Make a Leprechaun Trap With Your Kids for a Fun St. Patrick’s Day

Treasure hunt ideas for little kids

  • Send little ones on a scavenger hunt for shamrocks by taping foam sheet shamrocks indoors around the house. You can even throw in a “pot of gold” (pennies or even pyrite if you’re ambitious) in exchange for all the finds.
  • Hide shiny new pennies around the house for your kids to find. Remember to craft up a little pot to collect the coins in.
  • Scatter bits of gold candy around the house for the younger seekers to find; just keep the candy age-appropriate to avoid choking hazards.
  • Conceal prizes under shamrocks that are each color of the rainbow; label them with the next color of shamrock that players will need to find.

Next: St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt for grade-school kids

A version of this article was originally published in February 2014.

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