March Parent Zone 2011

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

History of St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

 

St. Patrick’s Day Quiz

 

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions for Your Family

 

Books:

St. Patrick’s Day
by Anne Rockwell
stpatricksdayrockwell

A Fine St. Patrick’s Day
by Susan Wojciechowski
afinestpatricksday

St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning
by Eve Bunting
stpatricksdayinthemorning

Shannon and the World’s Tallest Leprechaun
by Sean Callahan
shannonandworldstallestleprechaun

Lucky O’Leprechaun
by Jana Dillon
luckyoleprechaun

Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun
by Teresa Bateman
travelingtomandtheleprechaun

The Luckiest Leprechaun
by Justine Korman
theluckiestleprechaun

The Leprechaun’s Gold
by Pamela Duncan Edwards
theleprechaunsgold

The Last Snake in Ireland:
A Story About St. Patrick
by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
lastsnakeireland

St. Patrick’s Day
by Gail Gibbons
stpatricksdaygibbons

Music:
St. Patrick’s Day Songs That Tickle Your Funny Bone
782.42083  R626 CD

Kids St. Patrick’s Day Party Music
782.42083 K46 CD

 

Crafts:
For some wonderful St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas, click on the link below!

Enchanted Learning

 

 

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