St. Patrick’s Day Game: Gold Coin Minute to Win It


    My mother’s grandmother was Irish so she always told her stories about her life back in Ireland when she was growing up.  One of the most fond memories that she has of her is how she always made a grand affair of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day every year.  She would pin my Mom and her siblings with green shamrocks and decorate the house festively.  She said that everyone has the luck of the Irish on this special day!

    If you are looking for a fun and exciting St. Patrick’s Day party game, this Gold Coin Minute to Win It should fit the bill! You can create your own version for just pennies, and the end result is a game that kids will love to play. Here is how you can get started.

Supplies needed:

  • Timer or watch
  • Bowl
Chopsticks or Green paper straws (these paper straws are sturdy and make great chopsticks for this game!)
Assorted plastic gold coins ($1 a bag at Dollar Tree)



1. Begin by placing all of the gold coins in the bowl. The average bag has several dozen, so one bag should be plenty. Of course for older kids, you can always add more to heighten the challenge.

2. Set your timer for one minute. The goal of the game is to have the child pick out as many gold coins as they can in one minute.

3. Cheer each child on as they see how many coins they can grab!

    There are several ways to adapt this game. For example older children may be blind-folded to make the challenge harder. For younger children, you can always add more time to the clock if you wish.

    The person who gets the most gold coins in one minute is the champion! Pretty fun, right? Gather your supplies and give this fun St. Patrick’s Day game a try!


Let’s Discuss:  What are some of the fun games or activities that you have always associated with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations?



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  1. What a fun and easy to create game for St. Patrick’s Day! I would do awful at this game, I’m not even able to use chopsticks. hehe.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    The only thing I have ever really did with my kids is to set up a Leprechaun trap to try to catch one – which of course, we never do. I would like to try this with them.

  3. This is so cute. I love that it’s a game my kids can grasp and helps with fine motor skills.

  4. This is a cute idea! St. Patrick’s Day is also my hubby’s birthday, so I normally associate the holiday with him LOL (He also says that’s why he’s so short, because of the holiday he was born on LOL)

  5. What a fun looking game. I just may try this one with my family this year. While we don’t go overboard with decorations on St. Patrick’s Day, we do all try to wear green (or you will get pinched!) and I try to make something green for dinner.

  6. All of our games always included alcohol and a LOT of drinking. Need to find more family-friendly versions now.

  7. This really does sound like fun and something that will keep the kids occupied while learning to maneuver those chop sticks!

  8. what a great, economical fun idea.

  9. We usually do a clover find game. I think my kids would love to do this in addition to that! Fun!

  10. Sandy Klocinski says

    What fun! I’ll bet the kids love it! They could probably all beat me for sure!

  11. My Great Grandmother would always buy me chocolate Gold Coins, so this totally reminds me of her! What a neat way to keep my niece and nephew out my hair while I make Corned Beef for St. Patty’s Day! 🙂

  12. A great game that helps instill coordination. I wonder how well I would do.

  13. This is a fun game to play on Saint Patrick’s day. We don’t play much but we eat green food

  14. Cute game. We’ve never really played St. Patty’s Day games before. On a positive note, we can use chopsticks 🙂

  15. We’ve never really played any games, but we do go to the St. Patrick’s Day parade each year. 🙂

  16. This is such a cool game. We normally don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s day but I think I can adapt this game to any holiday.

  17. We never really do any games for St Patrick’s day. We just wear green 🙂

  18. I love this coins 🙂 Thanks for sharing I like this game for St Patrick’s Day!

  19. What a fun game! I am definitely going to try that!

  20. That’s a cute game for the whole family to play on St. Patricks Day!

  21. Debbie Denny says

    Looks like fun. We usually wear green.

  22. That game looks like fun! And really easy to create. I ought to try that with the kids

  23. What a cute game! I think this would be tough blindfolded.

  24. Well that looks really fun, I never tried this game, my kids would of loved playing this game. This would be fun with my husband.

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