We are less than a month from St Patrick’s Day, the Valentine’s goodies are on clearance and the Easter merch is creeping in. Since Easter falls so late in April this year, St. Patrick’s Day may actually get the respect it deserves. It’s like the Thanksgiving of the Spring, am I right?
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In my younger years, a traditional St. Patrick’s Day included an evening at the bar and a shot of Jameson. Enter momhood. Now, most of my holiday celebrations are booze-free and family-friendly. So let me share with you a few must-do activities to celebrate this green holiday.
But, first, take a moment to read this great article by Tiffany over at Romper: How to Explain St. Patrick’s Day to Your Kid. She’ll help you with all the history and reasoning behind St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll just help you with the fun!
- Dinner plate for tracing
- 12″ x 12″ green cardstock, two sheets per hat
- Black cardstock (8.5″ x 11″ is fine, will be cut into two 1.5″ x 11″ strips)
- Glitter or sparkly craft foam (2″ square per hat)
- Paper cutter (optional)
Place the dinner plate face down on one sheet of 12″ x 12″ green cardstock and trace around the plate with a pencil.
Draw and cut an X in the center of the paper plate, leaving about 1.5″ before cutting into the edge. You will form 4 triangles.
Fold the triangle pieces of the X upward – this is your brim.
Cut the other piece of 12″ x 12″ cardstock in half to make two 6″ x 12″ pieces. Connect them by their short ends with tape and circle them around the triangles. Use tape on the tip of each triangle to secure the looped paper on.
Cut a 2″ x 2″ square of sparkly craft foam, or yellow cardstock. Use your paper cutter to gently slice two slits about 1/2″ from either end. Cut two 1.5″ x 11″ strips of black construction paper and attach them with tape on by their short ends.
Feed the black strip of paper through the two slits you made in the sparkly craft foam.
Attach the black strip around the top hat with tape. If necessary, attach yarn to tie the hats on and keep them from falling off. Once your hats are finished, make sure to take lots of pictures of your adorable leprechauns (and post one in the comments below)!
- Clover Hunt Template (below)
- Green cardstock
- Inexpensive prizes (i.e. green candy, holiday-themed toys)
- Download my printable below and print several copies on green cardstock. (The outlines are purposefully light so you don’t have to be exact in your cutting.)
- Stack all your copies together and cut out multiples at once. (Remember, chances are, these are going to be recycled after you play your game; perfection is not necessary.)
- When the time comes to play, hide your paper clovers around the house.
- Once hidden, let your munchkins hunt for them.
- Award 3 points each for 3-leaf clovers and 4 points each for 4-leaf clovers.
- Divvy out prizes as necessary. (A quick trip to the dollar store for green candy or a holiday prize will work perfectly for the winner.)
Pot of Gold “Bingo”
- Bingo cards template below (the download includes four boards and one sheet to cut up and use for calling)
- Bag of Rolos or chocolate coin candy
- Play like traditional bingo, using Rolos or chocolate coins to cover pieces as they are drawn.
- Three in a row wins one of those great prizes you picked up from the dollar store. (Yes, it’s simpler than regular bingo, but I’ve found that my munchkin loses interest once we hit four items in a row.)
Rainbow Matching Project
- Copies of the printable below, one per child
- Box of Fruit Loops
- Glue, if desired
- Print off my printable below in color, or make your own with crayons or construction paper.
- (Time to break out the Fruit Loops, or as #1 calls them “Bird Cereal.” Thanks, Toucan Sam!) Then, have your little one’s match up the colors of the cereal with the colors of the rainbow.
- Glue the cereal pieces to the template if you want, but if you anticipate your munchkin eating the cereal, like I do, maybe skip that part and just working on color matching.
Lucky Charm Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats
What’s a holiday without a special treat? While you’ve already had Rolos (or chocolate coins) and Fruit Loops, it’s time to bust out some Lucky Charm’s.
I can’t take credit for this idea, it comes to us from Kim at The Baking Chocolatess. Get the full recipe for Lucky Charm Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats by clicking the pin above. How adorable and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s amazing how mixing random cereals with marshmallows and butter equals awesomeness!
Round out your St. Patrick’s Day with a viewing of Darby O’Gill and the Little People.
This Disney movie, made in 1959, has some dark moments, if I recall correctly, but it’s a really cute story and perfect for the holiday. Throw back to Sean Connery in his early days. Right now, you can stream it on Amazon Prime for $2.99.
Alternatively, you can opt for Disney’s 2001 film The Luck of the Irish.
Happy St Patrick’s Day
Have a fantastic St Patrick’s Day, wear green, pinch others (appropriately), and enjoy it.
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