It’s time to get your green on. No, I’m not talking about saving the planet or recycling. This Thursday is St. Patricks Day. Sure you used to start drinking at eight o’clock in the morning and not stop until the sun went down or you passed out – whichever came first. But now you have children. The liquor is out and the leprechaun is in.
Plan your green: Get the kids super excited for the holiday by planning out your green the night before. They don’t want to get pinched at school do they?
Make breakfast green: A little green food coloring and your pancakes are green! Or eat Lucky Charms for breakfast and talk about why we celebrate St. Patricks Day. St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday celebrated all around the globe to honor the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, one of the most celebrated religious figures in history. To read more about just who St. Patrick was and what he did click here.
Read magical stories: Buy a copy of Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House adventures. You can still get it delivered before Thursday! In “Leprechaun in Late Winter” (book #43 in the series), Annie and Jack find themselves in Ireland in 1862, where they help a young girl fulfill her destiny to become an important Irish artist. For younger kids, “Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day!” by Joan Holub is an entertaining way to learn more about St. Paddy’s day.
Go on a magical adventure: Instead of an Easter egg hunt, go on a search for a pot of gold. Hide a bunch of those gold foil-covered chocolate coins all over the place and then place a huge pot of them somewhere. Maybe even create a scavenger hunt around the house and yard.
Crafts: Make a simple shamrock stamp (click here for instructions. All you need on hand is a potato, a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and a paring knife (leave the cutting step to adults only, obviously!). Then let your little leprechauns loose with washable green paint to decorate a plain paper tablecloth or cards for friends and family.
Food fun: From after school snacks to a full-on dinner – St. Patrick’s Day Pesto Pasta and Shamrock Toasties – check out all the St. Patrick’s day recipes you can find at FamilyFun.com.
Don’t forget, tons of parades and St. Patrick’s day activities are likely being held around your community. Get online and Google or check your local news station websites and you’re sure to find out what’s going on.