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The Best St. Patrick’s Day Party Games for All Ages

Whether you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s party at home or helping to plan the classroom party at school, I have you covered with these St. Patrick’s Day Party games for kids and adults. I’ve even included a few Minute to Win It games that can easily be modified for this day of luck. Perfect for preschoolers, elementary school kids and even tweens, teens and adults.

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  • How to keep score
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  • What is the right number of games for a party?

Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Party Games

March 17th will never look the same once you start incorporating these party games into your traditions. These fun St. Patrick’s Day Games will make you LOVE this holiday!


You will need:

  • 4 sets of alphabet letters, divided into two baskets (2 full sets per basket)
  • St. Patrick’s Day -themed words (like green, rainbow, gold, etc.)

How to Play:
Divide your group into two relay teams. Both teams will receive a word. One person from each team will run to the basket of alphabet letters and find the first letter of the word. As soon as they find it, they’ll lay it on the ground next to the basket, and run back to tag the next person in line. The next person will find the next letter and so on until the entire word is spelled out.

The first team to spell out the full word wins.


You will need:

  • Cake box or tissue box – with a hole cut out
  • Belt (softball and baseball belts work really well!)
  • Ping pong balls

How to Play:
Cut slits in the side of the box and weave your belt through the box. Fill the box with ping pong balls and give your participants 60 seconds to shake them all out. No hands!

For older kids, use a tissue box. For younger kids, you can make the hole larger or use fewer ping pong balls.

Make this more holiday-themed by using green or orange ping pong balls.


You will need: no supplies needed

How to play:
This game is played just like Simon Says, only it’s called Shamrock Says. One person starts as the Shamrock. This person stands at the front of the room and gives commands. If the command starts with SHAMROCK SAYS, then the players have to perform that command. If the command DOESN’T start with SHAMROCK SAYS, then the players should NOT do the command. Anyone who breaks one of these two rules is eliminated from the remainder of the game. The last person still in the game wins and then becomes Shamrock for the next round.

Sample commands: Jump up and down, touch your toes, bark like a dog, stick out your tongue, etc.


You will need:

  • Any type of small, flat candy. Smarties work well.
  • Tongue depressors or jumbo craft sticks (one per player)

How to play:
Set a timer for one minute. Each player should hold their tongue depressor in their mouth and stack as many pieces of candy on top as possible. If they fall off, they must start over. At the end of one minute, the player with the most candy in a stack wins.


You will need:

  • Two green or orange balloons, blown up

How to play:
Divide players into two teams. Each team should have half of their players standing at one end of the room and half standing at the other end. The balloon is the “Blarney Stone.” One-by-one, each player must get the “Blarney Stone” from their end of the room to their teammate at the other end. The “Blarney Stone” must remain in the air, but no hands are allowed. If the “Blarney Stone” touches the ground, or a player uses their hands, they must go back to the beginning and start again. The team that has all of their team members go through the entire relay first, wins.


You will need:

  • Two green or orange outfits (2 green sweaters or tops, 2 green scarves, 2 pair green socks, 2 pair green shoes, 2 pair green pants, etc.)
  • Two pairs of winter gloves – one per team (Make it harder by using mittens)

How to play:
Divide your players into two teams. Place the clothes in two piles (one outfit per pile). One by one, each player will put on the winter gloves, put on all of the green or orange clothes OVER their clothes. Take them all off and pass the gloves to the next person. Everyone on the team must put on all of the clothes and take them all off. The first to finish wins. (If playing with kids and adults, kids don’t have to wear gloves.)


You will need:

  • 50 solo cups of one color (like red)
  • 2 solo cups of another color (like orange or green)

How to play:
Divide players into two teams. Divide cups into two even stacks, with one colored cup on the bottom of each stack. Teams stand in line with the first person holding the stack of cups. The cup of a different color should be on the bottom. Each team member will take one cup off the top of the stack and put it on the bottom of the stack. Repeat this process as quickly as possible until the different color cup is on the bottom again. Pass the stack to the person behind you. The first team for everyone to finish, wins


You will need:

  • Straws (one for each player)
  • Paper plates (two for each player)
  • Skittles

How to play:
Put all of the Skittles on one plate. Participants must suck a Skittles candy into the bottom of the straw and blow it onto the other plate. Their goal is to move all the Skittles from one plate to the other in 60 seconds or less.


You will need:

  • One green or orange balloon for each participant.

Participants line up on one side of the room, blow up their balloon and tie it. They then race to the finish line with their balloon held between their legs. No hands allowed! This also makes a great relay race.


You will need:

  • Metal pie tins or paper plates (one for each player)
  • Skittles
  • Whipped cream (spray cans work best)

How to play:
Place 5 – 10 Skittles in each pie tin. (Make sure you use the same amount in each tin.) Cover with whipped cream. Each player sits with their hands behind their backs and has to find the Skittles and move them out of the pie tin using only their mouth. The first one to find all of their candy wins.


You will need:

  • Two bags of individually wrapped pieces of candy
  • Two empty containers

How to play:
Divide players into two teams. In a relay race, each person runs to their team’s container of candy and removes one piece of candy from the container and puts it in the empty container. THEY ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO USE THEIR TOES. They then run back to their team and tag the next person. The first team to move all of their candy from one container to the other wins.


You will need:

  • Pencils (one for each player)
  • One piece of paper

How to play:
The first player writes a St. Patrick’s Day-related sentence at the top of the paper and passes it to the person on their right. That person draws the sentence and folds the paper down so that the sentence is hidden and only the picture can be seen. The paper is passed to the right and the third person must write a sentence describing the drawing. They then fold the paper down to cover the drawing so only the sentence they wrote is visible, and they pass it to the right. This continues until the piece of paper is back where it started. There is no winner, but there are sure to be lots of laughs.


You will need:

  • One mini candy bar per person

How to play:
Unwrap the chocolate bar and place it on your forehead. Using only your face, move the chocolate bar from your forehead and into your mouth. The player who does it first, wins. If the chocolate bar falls off your face, you must start over with it on your forehead.


You will need:

  • Tapered candles (as many as you want)
  • Matches
  • Squirt gun

How to play:
Light each candle. Players will participate one at a time. Set a timer for one minute. Players will shoot out the flames using a squirt gun. Players receive one point for each candle that is no longer lit when the minute is up. Make it harder by adjusting the distance from the candles or by blindfolding participants.

St. Patrick’s Day Pictionary

Divide your group into two teams. One person from each team draws a phrase without speaking, while the other members of the team try to guess what is being drawn. The objective is for your team to guess the phrase as quickly as possible, typically within one minute.

  • Lucky Charm
  • Blarney Stone
  • Pot of Gold
  • Irish Coffee
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day
  • Four Leaf Clover
  • Shamrock
  • Limerick
  • Dressed in Green

St. Patrick’s Day Charades

Divide your group into two teams. One person from each team acts out a phrase without speaking, while the other members of the team try to guess the phrase. The objective is for your team to guess the phrase as quickly as possible, typically within one minute.

  • Luck of the Irish
  • Luck in Love
  • Four Leaf Clover
  • Dressed in Green
  • March 17
  • Leprechaun
  • Kiss Me, I’m Irish
  • Dancing an Irish Jig
  • Pot of Gold
  • Ireland

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