1. Who’s the Leprechan?
Looking for some leprechaun games? Who’s the Leprechaun is a fun choice. To play, choose one child to be “it” and send her out of the room. The rest of the kids choose one of them to be the leprechaun. Play some Celtic tunes and have the kids start dancing. The leprechaun chooses an Irish dance move and all the other players have to follow along and do the same move.
Bring the “it” player back to the room. She will observe the dancing and try to guess which player is the leprechaun. While she is observing, the leprechaun should randomly change the dance moves. It is up to the other kids keep an eye on the leprechaun and quickly change their dance moves as he does, without letting on which player is leading.
When the guessing player correctly identifies the leprechaun, she gets to choose the next person to be sent out of the room as the guesser.
2. Gold Hunt
Since leprechauns are always searching for gold, gather your party guests and send them on a gold hunt of their own. Hide several gold coins (you can use chocolate gold coins, toy coins or even pennies) around the party space.
Divide guests into two teams. Give each team a pail and send them on a hunt to find as much “gold” as possible in two minutes (you can set the time for longer if you have hidden a lot of coins or have a large area to search). When time is up, have the teams count the coins in their pails. The team with the most coins wins.
3. Shamrock Scramble
To prepare for the Shamrock Scramble game, cut out the shapes of four large shamrocks from green poster board (they should be large enough for a few kids to be able to stand on at once). Tape one shamrock in each corner of the room.
Play some Irish music and have the kids dance while it plays. Stop the music randomly. When the music stops, the kids must scramble to stand on one of the shamrocks. The last player to get on a shamrock is out of the game. Play continues like this until only one player remains.
4. Gold Coin Toss
For this game you’ll need a few Leprechaun pots (you can find these at dollar stores or craft stores, make your own, or simply use pails, bowls or overturned leprechaun hats). Place them on the floor and then draw a line a few feet away from the pots.
Have players stand behind the line and attempt to toss gold coins into the pots. Score a point for each time a player gets one in. You can then award prizes based on the amounts of points scored.
5. Pot of Gold Relay
In this game, teams race to see who can be the first to fill their pot with gold. To play, divide players into two teams. Place one pot at the starting line for each team. Several feet away from the starting line, fill two more pots with gold coins or butterscotch candy.
Line the kids up, and when you signal the start of the race, the first players in line must run and retrieve one piece of gold from the full pot, bring it back and put it in the empty pot. The remaining players in line must then do the same, repeating the cycle until one team has transferred all of it’s gold from one pot to the other.
To make this game more interesting, you can also make them carry the gold by the spoonful.