Fun & Creative Ideas to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
By: Sue Kirchner of ChocolateCakeMoments.com
St. Patrick’s Day seems to be growing in popularity as a holiday for kids. I’m not Irish, but any excuse for having fun with your family or the kids in the classroom seems like a reason to celebrate. You certainly don’t have to be Irish to have fun with the color green, shamrock shapes, hunts for gold, or tricky Leprechauns.
You can be really creative with the idea that leprechauns play tricks on kids. After all, they are tiny, green, greedy, and grumpy. At my daughter’s day care a few years ago, her very clever day care teacher decided to have the kids decorate the room for St. Patrick’s Day. When they came back the next morning, the “Leprechaun” had played a trick on them and shrunken all of the decorations to a tiny size. A year later, on St. Patrick’s Day, the kids found the Leprechaun’s pants, coat and underwear in the sandbox. In first grade, my daughter’s class made “traps” or little houses to catch the Leprechaun. However, “he” was too clever and replaced all of their traps with green hats.
Last year, my daughter wrote a note to a Leprechaun and put it outside by the mailbox. She was thrilled when “he” answered her letter and left a gold, half dollar coin. Here are 5 more ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home or at school!
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Bake Treats – I saw this recipe last year for Lucky Green Velvet Cupcakes from the Picky Palate so my daughter and I had to try them. Honestly, these are some of the best tasting cupcakes I’ve ever had. So moist! Make them for dessert or to take into school.
Dinner Talk – For some silly entertainment at St. Patrick’s Day dinner, download this Super-cute, Super-Fun FREE family conversation cards from the HappyHomeFairy.com.
Search for Gold – FamilyFun.com has a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt Game that looks like fun to play at home or in a classroom.
Be Sneaky Good - Here is a St. Patrick’s Day family tradition idea I saw over at TipJunkie.com. What I love about it is that the kids get to be sneaky and tricky like a leprechaun, but all in the name of doing something nice for another person. Kids will love doing something nice for their siblings or classmates and seeing if they can guess who did it.
Footprints of Fun – Last year I saw this fun idea from Gourmet Mom on the Go where she took a bite out of her kids’ lunch and then left green footprints walking away from the scene of the crime. In the classroom, you could mess up the kids’ desks and leave green paper footprints all around the room as clues.
Sue Kirchner is the founder of ChocolateCakeClub.com and ChocolateCakeMoments.com, where she sells products and shares ideas that help busy families have more fun together, so they can have more ‘Chocolate Cake Moments’ – when they are smiling, relaxed, and enjoying their family time. Sue and her family fun ideas have been featured on TV, magazines, newspapers, and family blogs. When she’s not working, she is CFO (Chief Fun Officer) for her family. Check out her other kids’ party ideas at ChocolateCakeMoments.com.