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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day With The Kids

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!  On Saturday, March 17, 2012 you get to don your favorite green attire and share in the luck of the Irish.  As a mother with a young child I fully intend to play along while we eat, play, and learn all things leprechaun.  Here are some fun family traditions that work for the young and young at heart:

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Dress – make sure you wear something green if you don’t want to get pinched.

“St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.” ~ CS Monitor

Decoratepaper shamrocks hung from fishing lines, rainbows painted on poster board, pots of gold adorning buffet tables.  There are all sorts of decor options for the holiday, from toddler friendly to reserved and elegant.

Crafts and Games – Kids love to play and structured play mixed with game based learning is a great way to teach them a topic.  Their attention spans are short so keep activities quick with immediate gratification.  Some ideas on how to turn St. Patty’s day into teachable moments are:

  • Art – finger painted leprechauns made with your child’s hand print keep things tactile.  They can practice their scissor skills by cutting out the different parts to be glued together.
  • Math – counting out coins to play into little pots of gold teach number skills.
  • Memory – matching  and sorting games games like the ones found here in this St. Patrick’s lesson can help keep your child’s mind limber.

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Eat – of all the ways to celebrate a kid friendly holiday, the food is my favorite.  There are countless ways to make your child’s meals festive.  From green food coloring to shamrock shaped treats, here are a few ways to spread the cheer over the course of the day:

  • Breakfast – Lucky charms and green dyed milk or green pancakes
  • Lunch – Shamrock bento boxes or Leprechaun shaped sandwiches
  • Dinner – Corned beef and cabbage of course!
  • Dessert – A Leprechaun trap cake
Holidays, even the “smaller” ones, can be so special for our kids.  They remember the traditions we create for their whole lives.  Making a weekend in March all about LUCK and fun is a fabulous break from the Winter doldrums and a nice way to welcome in the coming spring.  For more ideas on how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family, please follow my Pinterest Board!

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