Sunday, March 13, 2016

10 Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! I am very Irish so, St. Patrick’s Day has always been a fun holiday formy family. My dad was born in Ireland and so was my grandpa. Growing up my sister and I used to hunt for Leprechauns and look for their pot of gold. We used to plan what we would do if we found the gold. St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to make memories with your kids. You don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money. There really aren’t presents for St. Patrick’s Day, which makes it less about gift giving than other holidays.

Here is a list of 10 things to do for St. Patrick’s Day with your children.

Turn all your food green. Add food coloring to milk for a festive surprise. Add green food coloring to your child’s macaroni and cheese. Serve foods like grapes and celery or other foods that are naturally green. You can even find food coloring that is organic.

2.Go on a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt. Hide things like clover, plastic rainbows, and other green items. Be sure not to forget the chocolate coins for the pot of gold at the end.

3.     Make rainbow cupcakes. Just make your favorite white cake mix and divide it in to five bowls and color each bowl a different color. Layer it in the cupcake pan and you will have a rainbow surprise when it is done baking.

4.      Paint rainbows and leprechauns on big sheets of paper. Don’t forget the four leaf clovers for luck! You could even paint on the windows with washable paint.

5.      During naptime or before your children wake up, decorate the house. Little leprechauns like to cause mischief and sometimes forget to flush the toilet after they go to the restroom. Did you know leprechauns make green urine? You can also write on mirrors with green dry erase markers, use paint and make little leprechaun footprints too.

6.       You can easily make St. Patrick’s Day Rice Krispy Treats using food coloring before you add the cereal. Just add it to the marshmallow mixture. You can even make them clover shaped by hand or with a cookie cutter.

7.      Serve green pancakes for breakfast for an extra fun and lucky breakfast! You can even put chocolate chips in them so it looks like a leprechaun walked around in the green isles of Ireland.

8.      Build a Leprechaun trap out of a box decorated like a rainbow so it tricks them to think the pot of gold is inside. Be quick though Leprechauns are very crafty.

9.      Make your own St. Patrick’s Day Dough. It’s really easy. Just Mix 1 cup white flour, 1/4 cup of salt, and 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar in a pot.  Add 1 cup of water, green food coloring and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.  Stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. When the mixture forms a ball in the center of the pot take it out, add gold glitter, and knead it on a floured surface until it is the consistency of dough. Let it cool before use. When you are done put it in a plastic container and store in the fridge.

10.  Write and tell stories about Leprechauns. You could even start telling a story and then take turns telling it. See how silly you can make it. Write it down or record it to share with family and friends.

I hope gave you some exciting ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. Remember to have fun and stay safe. Don’t forget to wear green or you will be pinched. Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day I hope you have lots of GOOD LUCK!!  

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