I’ve always been a big fan of holidays, and enjoying them as much as possible.
St. Patrick’s Day was always one of my favorite holidays. When I was little, a leprechaun would come and visit me and bring me some chocolate gold coins.
My nephew received a similar visit from a leprechaun….=)
He followed a trail of four leaf clovers to his little Irish friend’s pot of gold….
The final four leaf clover had a note to him written on it. It said, “Happy St. Patty’s Day! Will you watch my pot of gold for me? From your pal, Leroy the Leprechaun!”
He found this pot of gold in the basement. It had chocolate gold coins and individually wrapped Rolos.
When he realized that the pot of gold did not contain actual gold, we had a discussion about how slippery and tricky leprechauns are, and that his friend Leroy must have tricked him and switched the real gold for chocolate gold, something he knew my nephew might enjoy more.
He also ripped the gold tissue paper off the cup, so we also talked about how the leprechaun was really crafty, and that the cup made it certain that this was a trick pot of gold that the leprechaun must have placed to fool him.
After he found his pot of gold, we played a game my nephew created, called “Leprechauns.” We took turns hiding the pot of gold in the house, and the other one had to find it.
To make this more interesting, you might reward the person who finds it with a piece of candy from the pot, if they are able to find it without asking for hints.
Other fun activities to do with kids on St. Patricks Day:
-make rice krispie treats, but use fruity pebbles – like the rainbow over a leprechaun’s pot of gold!
-try to incorporate skittles in your child’s lunch, or make cookies with them! You can find a recipe for this here!
-Serve your child Lucky Charms for breakfast (the most famous leprechaun is the Lucky Charms leprechaun! “Catch me lucky charms – they’re magically delicious!”). For a special touch, dye the milk green! Try using an all natural, organic food coloring like this one!
-play some Irish dance music on youtube and “Irish step dance” with them, or make your own Irish jig!!!!
-Go with the luck theme and eat fortune cookies, play horseshoes, and search for lucky clovers! Ask them to find something that has to do with their “lucky number,” or use some string and beads to make lucky bracelets!
-make green cupcakes (vanilla frosting and green food coloring), or Irish soda bread! Yum!!