St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! This St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock walk would be a fun game to add to a St. Patrick’s Day party! The shamrock walk is just like the Valentine’s cake walk I featured last month. We had so much fun doing the Valentine’s Cakewalk, so I thought we could adapt it for St. Patrick’s Day, as well!
*update 3/16- I’ve created a shamrock walk set in my store, if you’d like to check that out
You can take a look at my playlist for St. Patrick’s Day (listed below) and then start creating your own cake walk. This is a really simple game idea, so you won’t need to take much time to prep. If you haven’t done a cake walk before, it’s a lot like musical chairs, except no one is out. You’ll set up numbers in a circle (or if you’re feeling extra ambitious, a shamrock shape). In St. Patrick’s Day fashion, you can make the numbers out of shamrocks.
After you’ve arranged your shamrocks on the floor, you’ll want to write out all of the numbers on slips of paper, then place them in a baggie to draw as the game is being played (if you have twenty shamrocks on the floor, you’d write numbers 1 – 20 on slips of paper).
tip: make sure there are at least as many numbers as participants. The more numbers, the more room for players to walk as the music is playing.
How to play:
- have everyone stand on a number
- choose a song from your St. Patrick’s Day playlist
- everyone walks around the circle as the music plays
- pause the music and have everyone freeze on a number
- draw a number from your baggie
- whoever is standing on the winning number chooses a prize from the pot of gold
I like to play as many times as possible so that each child participating can choose a prize, but I usually have toddlers and preschoolers. If you have a mix of ages, you can change the rules to make it more suitable for your group.
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Playlist for St. Patrick’s Day:
- When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
- Too ra Loo ra Loo ra
- Michael Finnegan
- Irish Washerwoman
- Cockles and Mussels (Molly Malone)
- St. Patrick Was a Gentleman
- Paddy on the Railway
- Danny Boy
- I’ll Tell Me Ma
- The Rattlin’ Bog
My favorite part of a cake walk is always the table filled with treats. You can easily create a festive St. Patrick’s Day themed table! Ribbons, strips of construction paper or tissue paper would be perfect for creating a giant rainbow backdrop for the prize table. Once you have your backdrop, you’ll want to make a pot of gold for the prize table.
Filling your pot of gold
If you want to have party favors for the prizes, you could use a box or gift bag for your pot of gold and fill it with St Patrick’s day favors. Some examples are pencils and stickers. You could also just have a treat table, like a traditional cake walk. There are some really cute leprechaun or pot of gold cupcakes you could try, like these cupcakes from these times of joy.
And you’re all set for your own shamrock walk!