Is it any wonder with O’Block being my last name that I love St. Patrick’s Day? LOL! Celebrating it with young children makes it extra special because I get to experience the excitement and wonder in their eyes when they see all of the hijinks that the tricky little leprechaun plays on us and how things “magically” turn green!
I also like surprising students with a little extra treat on celebration days making them feel special and making the day more memorable for them. You never know what students may be dealing with or going through and sometimes a simple kind gesture or treat can completely change their mood or mindset. Just knowing someone cares can mean the world to young child.
Here are a few of my favorites. I’ve included treats with messages that can be given as a take home treat or special surprise as well as some snack suggestions for your party. I have templates for both regular student treat tags and treat bag toppers because in recent years Ziploc has come out with small snack size bags that are the perfect size for student treats so I switched to using them and wanted tags that would fit across the top. I have shared both so you could choose the ones that fit your needs.
If you like any of the student treat tags and would like to use them for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration you can find them here. They are editable so you can personalize them with your student names and your name.
Happy St. “Patties” Day! Treat Idea and Student Tag
This a personal favorite not only because of the cute play on words but because it uses Peppermint Patties which remind me of my dad. Peppermint Patties were his all-time favorite candy so every time I see or eat one it brings back treasured memories of him.
You’re My Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Treat Tag & Treat Bag Topper
Since we discuss and read books about finding gold at the end of the rainbow and do lots of rainbow experiments I like using this heartfelt saying for student treats. I added a few visual clues for my youngsters on the tags that I created. Use Rolo candies to represent the gold and Skittles to represent the rainbow.
I’m Lucky to Have You in My Class! St. Patrick’s Day Treat & Tag
I have used this versatile, cute idea and tag for both St. Patrick’s Day and Open House. Since it uses Lucky Charms cereal I place it on students’ desks in the morning as a special surprise for when they enter the classroom. You can tell them it was an idea that the leprechaun told you or you can say that it is a treat the leprechaun left for them and change the words to “I’m lucky to have visited your class”.
St. Patrick’s Day Student Snack Ideas
Shamrock Jello Jigglers
I love using Jello Jigglers for treats because they can be easily shaped into pretty much anything and kids love them! Follow the instructions on a box of green Jello for Jigglers and pour into a deep cookie sheet or pan. When set, use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out the shaped Jigglers (I spray my cookie cutter with Pam Cooking Spray first so it doesn’t stick to the Jello).
Leprechaun and His Gold
This is an oldie but a goodie! This is a snack that students can make themselves at a party station. You will need Keebler E.L. Fudge cookies (the ones that look like the Keebler elf), Corn Pops cereal, and small cups (Dixie cups). Students fill their cup with the Corn Pops cereal (gold nuggets) and then place a cookie down in the cereal to look like the leprechaun with his gold. Sorry I could not find a photo of this at the time of this posting.
Of course I like to have green drinks too! The easiest one is to simply make green Kool-Aid.
If you want a more festive drink, I had a parent volunteer bring us Shamrock Punch one year and it was delicious! She mixed 1 carton of lime sherbert with a 2 liter bottle of ginger ale.