Parent Zone March 2011
The Luck o’ the Irish
On March 17, everyone likes to feel a little bit Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday for kids and adults alike. It is fun to learn about the history of St. Patrick’s Day, to hunt for leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, and that lucky pot ‘o gold.
Learn About St. Patrick’s Day - There are many traditions and activities that help celebrate the life of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the emerald island. With your children, locate Ireland on a map and research about the history of St. Patrick’s Day, the shamrock, the Blarney Stone and where leprechauns come from. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide with people dancing and singing, watching St. Patrick’s Day parades, eating green food, wearing green clothes (and pinching those who aren’t wearing green!).
Clover Everywhere - Shamrocks are three-leafed clovers, and if you find a four-leafed clover, you are thought to be lucky! Decorate your house for the holiday. Create a centerpiece from pots of shamrocks (clover) that can often be found at this time of year in local supermarket. Add some gold ribbons and shamrock garlands to the pot to make them even more festive.
Green, Green, and More Green - Green is the theme of the day! Just about every child knows and loves the book Green Eggs and Ham. Tint some eggs green with a little food coloring and serve for breakfast. Read the story to your child as they eat their green treat. Prepare a green-themed dinner of pesto pasta and green veggies for dinner and don’t forget the green cupcakes for dessert!
A Leprechaun Visit - The Irish say that if a leprechaun is caught by a human, he will reveal where he hides his pot of gold. The night before St. Patrick’s Day, do some harmless pranks and mess up the family-room after your children are in bed. Think of as many silly things as you can that your children will notice in the morning. Leave little gold coins or gold nuggets (beans sprayed golden) lying around. Write a letter to the leprechaun asking him about his life and to please clean up next time he plays in your house!
With a bit of the luck of the Irish, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations can be fun and entertaining for adults and kids, and you might just create new traditions for your family.
Other Links to Explore
For some wonderful St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas, click on the link below!