Whether it’s searching for lucky gold coins at the end of a rainbow or wild leprechauns causing a ruckus, there are so many family-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, one of which is by decorating a tricycle with your toddler. Your child will love to be part of the fun and who knows -- it might become one of your family’s favorite holidays.
Read on for the best smarTrike products to fit with an all-green theme, ideas to get the whole family involved in St. Patty’s Day celebrations, plus easy, engaging, and creative ways to decorate a kids trike for an unforgettable experience.
What is St. Patrick’s Day?
Springtime is upon us and that means there’s a fun holiday on the horizon. St. Patrick’s Day is on March, the death day of Ireland’s foremost patron saint. While traditionally a cultural and religious celebration, in most places with an Irish heritage among residents, it’s become a big party complete with all things shamrocks, leprechauns, and Ireland.
St. Patty’s Day tends to be more for adults and it’s easy to let this crazy holiday pass you by when children come into the picture. Since we definitely don’t want young ones and their kids trike to miss out on any green-filled fun, we thought we could help you and your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the kids this year. At smarTrike, we’re all about getting young children involved and participating, therefore bringing families closer together.
Get ready for a whirlwind guide full of creative tips and tricks (that you may have never considered before) that will have you, your little one, and their smarTrike tricycle all ready for the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade. You never know! You may even end up making it a yearly tradition each and every March.
The Best Kids Trike Options Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day
We’ll start by picking five smarTrike tricycle options that will be perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. So, how did we go about choosing the tricycles that would work best? Yes - you guessed it, we chose all the green ones.
From here, we’ll go through the pros and cons of each style of children’s tricycle to help you decide which one will fit your child perfectly. It’ll depend on your child’s age and skill level, as well as their tastes. Well, perhaps it’ll be your tastes that inspire the final decision. But hey -- parents want to look good too! We’ll also make sure you’re getting the most for your money with whichever kids trike meets the mark.
So, let’s get right into it. Read on for a look into the five best smarTrike products to help you and your child celebrate an amazing St. Patrick’s Day with as much green style as a leprechaun wearing shamrock socks.
Starting With the SmarTfold 300 Plus - Green
Chances are, you’ll be out and about for the majority of St. Patrick’s Day. From parades to parties, this toddler trike goes where you go. As its name suggests, the most amazing part of the SmarTfold 300 is that it folds up for ultimate portability.
From the parental controls allowing you to choose when pedaling is a good idea (and when it’s not) to the safety harness keeping your little one secure and snug, this is a tricycle that truly does it all. As with all smarTrike products, this kids trike grows and adjusts with your child’s changing skills, from being guided along to becoming a full-fledged tricycle.
Coming in a lime green color, your child will fit right in during all the St. Patty’s Day festivities. Plus, store any excess decorations and accessories in the attached storage bag. And just as easily, fold everything and head to your next lucky get-together on the agenda.
Next up, the Glow 4 in 1 Baby Trike - Green
This next tricycle is, of course, green, as well. As are all the kids tricycles we’ll be going over in this post. But as you’ll see, they’re all pretty different too. Our Glow 4 in 1 Baby Trike is more on the sporty side. That is, less cushy and lounge-like than the SmarTfold 300 Plus. And man, does this thing pack a punch!
Growing from Stages 1 to 4, this green tricycle is perfect for young babies all the way through to on-the-go toddlers who are ready to ride. Let them decide between footrests and pedals. Plus, the removable safety bar goes away when they’re asking for a bit more freedom. Similarly to the smarTfold 300 Plus, with this kids trike, the parent handle gives you control for as long as necessary, and it has an attached storage bag for all those gold coins you may pick up at the end of a rainbow.
While this particular smart trike green tricycle is compact enough to bring in a family truck or van, you may prefer the SmarTfold 300 Plus because of its foldability, in the case that your destination isn’t within walking distance. But, you will be paying a little extra for the convenience, so it’s up to you which is a better choice.
Now for the Dream 4 in 1 Baby Trike - Green
It’s going to be hard to find a more ideal kids trike for St. Patrick’s Day than the Smart Trike Dream 4 in 1 Baby Trike. Why, you ask? Well, as you’ve seen, there are definitely other green smart trike options available but it’s the pattern found on this one that makes us slightly biased in its favor.
This one’s got shamrocks designed right in! Talk about easy to decorate!
Ok, well maybe they’re not exactly shamrocks or four leaf clovers, but they come extremely close. All that’s really missing is the stem. The design, thoughtfully constructed to emulate nature in general, could totally come across as specially ordered, shamrock-style St. Patrick’s Day decor. See for yourself.
In addition to the serendipitous clover-like pattern, this kids trike is much like the Glow 4 in 1 in that it grows in 4 stages, for children ages 10 to 30 months. With the shady canopy and extra spacious storage bag, this green tricycle has everything you’ll need to enjoy a sunny St. Patty’s Day full of green goodies.
How About the Swing DLX 4 in 1 Baby Trike - Green
Going from lush and comfy for 10-month-olds to a zooming, fun-filled tricycle for 2-year-olds, the Smart Trike Swing DLX 4 in 1 Baby Trike can be an incredible starting point for your St. Patrick’s Day fun. As goes with all of our tricycles, you’ll be blending a dependable learning tool with an action-packed toy.
Either by using the footrest, practicing pedaling, or riding on their own, your child is bound to enjoy what all-that-this-green kids trike has to offer. It even has a cup holder for an apple juice box or refreshing water in their favorite sippy cup. Keep some spare refreshments in the attached bag or basket for a boost of energy later on, to keep you going strong until all the leprechauns head home.
While the bag is green, along with some of the hardware, the other half of this tricycle is black, meaning it could use a little more flair to really get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit. But more on that later!
Really Celebrate with the Groove 4 in 1 Baby Trike - Green & Grey
Here we have another incredible smarTrike green baby trike complete with four stages: infant mode, guided trike, training trike, and classic trike. Also featuring a cup holder, similar to the Swing DLX, you’ll get a lot out of this tricycle on St. Patrick’s Day.
One of the best things about the Groove 4 in 1 Baby Trike is the fact that it’s not considerably bulky. Although it doesn’t completely fold like the SmarTfold 300 Plus, it’s still rather slender and has more potential to fit in your family’s car or on the local bus.
One downside, at least when it comes to St. Patty’s Day, is that this kids trike has the least green coloring out of all the other green tricycles we’ve mentioned so far, since it’s equally smart trike grey color too. But don’t worry -- coming up next, we’ll show you a variety of creative ways to decorate any smarTrike toddler tricycle so that it’ll be bursting with all things green.
And you never know, having less green to work with may be a good thing. Perhaps it’ll make things easier when decorating for the next holiday on your calendar.
Kids Tricycle Decoration Ideas for the St. Patty’s Day Parade
You’ve decided on which smarTrike will fit the bill and now it’s time to get decorating the kids trike for St. Patrick’s Day. This will be such a fun way to connect with your child and engage them in some good old fashioned craftiness. And there’s really nothing to it -- the only obligation is to go all-out in all things green.
In this next section, we’ll be getting down to the nitty gritty on how to spruce up the best toddler tricycle for a St. Patty’s Day neither of you will forget. We’re talking light-up decorations, easy to make crafts, classic concoctions, and ideas you perhaps haven’t thought of yet.
With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to the most epic (and, of course, the most green) kids trike on the block, inciting both joy and envy from all your neighbors and their children. Everyone can join in the festivities and St. Patrick’s Day can be a holiday for the whole family!
Light It Up Bright and Green!
Now this is one way to really liven things up. Adding green lights to a tricycle will instantly make things extra exciting. Perfect for nighttime activities on St. Patty’s Day, there are a few ways to go about adding green lights to the toddler tricycle.
You can use rope lights. This is probably the safest and most effective way to light up a kids trike. Rope lights are a string of lights wrapped in a plastic casing that can be easily strung throughout all the nooks and crannies of the toddler tricycle. You won’t need to risk damaging the lights either because the plastic acts as shield for durability.
Or, you can simply use a normal string of lights, even Christmas lights that you already have in the attic. If you’re lucky, you’ve already got a set of green ones. With the use of a battery pack stowed away in the tricycle’s attached bag or basket, your child’s trike will be bright and shining in no time.
Other ideas include using classic bike lights or attaching a few flashlights and switching out the regular light bulbs for green ones or using a heat safe green film for the light to shine through.
You Can Even Decorate Your Child’s Water Bottle
What if you decided to not only inundate the kids tricycle with all things green, but you decorated the accessories on the kids trike, too? If you’ve got our Groove, Swing DLX, or Dream 4 in 1 Baby Trike, then your child has a cup holder built right in for their favorite juice or crisp water. There are a couple ways you can make their cups and bottles work for St. Patty’s Day.
The first idea is to decorate the cup or bottle itself. Grab a green reusable bottle and decorate it with sparkly shamrocks or lucky gold coins. Or, wrap a sippy cup you already own in green cling wrap for a simple way to turn it green.
Another idea is to use food coloring in a clear bottle or cup so that their actual beverage can join in the fun. Oh, your kid will love this! Whether they’ve got milk in a bottle or water in a cup, a drop or two of green food coloring is true attention to detail. Do this and you’ve got more than just a decked out kids trike.
In A Pinch? Use Green Tape
Parenting for you probably means a jam-packed schedule juggling daycare, work meetings, and birthday parties. The last thing you have time for is begrudgingly browsing a craft store looking for extraordinary ways to decorate a tricycle for St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s just say, it’s ok if it’s not a top priority on your to-do list.
An easy way to decorate your child’s tricycle in a pinch is by using green tape. It’s something you can find at any superstore and it’s easy enough for kids to use without making a huge mess. In other words, you won’t need to pencil in “deep cleaning” to your already full schedule.
Simply wrap the green tape around the kids trike anywhere you see fit. Maybe that’s the handlebars or around the main shaft. Perhaps you’ll use the tape to make shamrocks on the wheels. You could even use other colors of tape to make a rainbow on the canopy. And the best part is, it comes right off when the day is done.
What’s More Classic Than Handlebar Streamers?
Picture this. A little girl learning to ride her first tricycle, parents watching lovingly from the sidewalk while her older brother helps her along. When you think of what that tricycle looks like, what do you see? Handlebar streamers.
It’s the classic addition to any child’s first bike or tricycle. It emulates fun and freedom, blowing in the wind. So what better way to decorate for St. Patrick’s day than with green handlebar streamers?
All you need is a bag of long, thin plastic streamers (paper ones might fall apart from all that speed!) and some tape (perhaps the green tape you already used to decorate the rest of the kids trike). Grab a handful of streamers, tape one end of the bunch together, and then adhere them to each handlebar.
Use different shades of green or rainbow colors that stand out from the rest of the tricycle’s greenness. Not only will your child absolutely adore how the streamers whip in the wind, it’s a simple way to add flair.
Bring The Children’s Tricycle to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Every Year
What sets smarTrike tricycles apart from regular trikes is their ability to grow right alongside your child. The “grow with me” trike idea is economical for parents, since you won’t have to buy a new kids trike every single year. That means you’ll be able to bring the same children’s tricycle to the St. Patrick’s Day parade every year.
You’ll have fun decorating the toddler tricycle at every stage. In the earlier stages, there’s a lot more to work with. You have the canopy and parent handle, as well as the child’s safety bar still attached. This gives you a lot more surface area to go nuts with shamrocks and leprechauns.
But as the tricycle gets to its later stages, your child grows as well, meaning they’ll be more eager to join in and help. With a kids trike that changes with your child, it’ll be special to see the differences from year to year and a new tradition of bringing their tricycle along for the St. Patrick’s Day parade can continue.
Act Like a Leprechaun and Wear a St. Patrick’s Day Hat
There’s just something about getting dressed up that gives kids a genuine thrill. Take Halloween, for example. How often do you hear that a kid doesn’t want to get dressed up for the occasion? The answer is never. Your little one will be eager to oblige, so why not let your child be part of the kids trike decorations.
Sure, they can dress in every green item of clothing they own, but you could also take it one step further and have your child dress up like a leprechaun, with a signature St. Patrick’s Day hat. You know the one -- it’s green (of course) in the style of a top hat with a black sash and gold buckle wrapped around near the rim.
You can go out and buy one (surely they’ll be available at many stores as St. Patty’s Day approaches) but you can also make one yourself using green construction paper. From there, you’ll be able to add paper four leaf clovers to the hat, the rest of your child’s costume, and the kids trike for a fully immersive experience.
An Opportunity to Teach Your Child About Colors
Leading up to the holiday, St. Patrick’s Day can be a wonderful opportunity to teach your child about the color green. Since the holiday comes as springtime begins, everything around you will be becoming more green. While taking rides on their tricycle you and your child can spend some quality time teaching and learning about what the color green is (and what it isn’t).
Find trees with budding leaves. Find green caterpillars in the green grass. Explain that these things your child is seeing represent the color green. But it’s also important to show them other colors too, so they can differentiate. Perhaps they’re thinking that literally everything is green!
Instead, point everything out on your journey asking the question, “Is that green?” and correct your child accordingly. Then, when it comes time to decorate the kids trike for St. Patrick’s Day, they’ll actually have an understanding of the color green making the activity all the more successful.
Dress Everyone Up in Green!
Even though you may only own one tricycle, that doesn’t mean the whole family can’t participate. Make it a group activity to plan and execute the decorating and get everyone involved by dressing up in green.
It’s the ultimate way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a family, no matter the age gap. With a smarTrike in Stage 1 for your 11-month-old and one in Stage 4 for your trouble-making toddler, the decorating will be as enjoyable as St. Patty’s Day itself.
On the day of the parade, make sure everyone is suited up in their best green outfits. Whether you’re a family of leprechauns or you go all out with zany green accessories (we’re talking oversized green glasses and sparkly green wigs), celebrating is for everyone, even after decorating the kids trike.
Have a safe and lucky St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at smarTrike!