St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Activities, and Recipes

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St. Patrick's Day Crafts, Activities, and RecipesWe aren’t very Irish. Genetically speaking, our little leprechauns are about 5%. However, St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the holidays we look forward to as a family each year. Perhaps it’s the turning point between winter and spring, or the splash of color after months of dreariness. Or maybe it’s the very little pressure of a holiday that doesn’t require gifts or all that much thought. I love to discuss our “luck” as another way to emphasize gratitude, something we could all use a reminder to do, especially after such a gloomy winter messing with our heads! Not having been raised in Irish households, neither of us had any must-have traditions, but here are 7 (because, lucky) traditions our kids look forward to every year.

  1. Chocolate Turkey

Aka, corned beef and cabbage, but this is what our son called it when he was 16-months  old and we stuck with it. It’s super easy to make (can even use the Crockpot or Instapot)  and delicious for leftover sandwiches. Here is our favorite way to prepare cabbage. We love to pair it with a rainbow salad and fruit salad of some sort.

  1. Froot Loops

Representing all of the colors of the rainbow, Froot Loops are a great tool for all kinds of St. Patrick’s Day inspired activities that also provide great fine motor practice! Some of our favorites are making necklaces and building a rainbow. When we’re done crafting, we let the kids indulge in a bowl of “rainbow cheerios,” another term my son coined. Of course these days there are plenty of alternate options to this brand, including organic and more naturally dyed varieties.

3. Lucky Charms

Another St. Patrick’s Day cereal powerhouse: Lucky Charms. Let your kids test their luck with some sorting, counting and graphing practice to see how many of each “magically delicious” marshmallow they get! We’ve also made these lucky charm treats before, but my kiddos are just as excited to get to eat a bowl of it with milk.

  1. Pot of Gold Rainbow Chains

These are my kids’ favorite each year. They enjoy making the rainbow chains, but they really look forward to deciding what they would do if they found a pot of gold. It amazes me how much thought they put into this. It’s a glimpse into their dreams and a fun memory to pull out each year.

  1. Leprechaun Faces

We made these when they were babies and they were so hilarious that we pull them out and hang them up each year. The craft teaches them cutting and curling skills. Last year, we added bodies and used brads for movable arms and legs, but of course I forgot to snap a picture!

  1. St Patty’s Day STEM

As soon as we round the corner from Valentine’s Day, my son starts asking for these St. Patty’s Day STEM cards. It’s fun to see how they approach the various challenges each year. The leprechaun traps get more complex, the experimenting more curious, the fun and wonder ever present.

  1. ROY G BIV

Pretty much anything celebrating ROY G BIV (aka the colors of the rainbow) is awesome. Kids love the colors. So do I. Winter is too gray. Making rainbow slime,  painting  with  q-tips handprint  rainbows,  and  rainbow  streamer  crafts have  become  classics  in  our  house.

As you can see, we like to celebrate the holidays, but keep it relatively simple. What are some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Please share them below!

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Family is everything, and I can think of no better town to live in with my high school sweetheart and our four young children. Although we've been here for a few years now, we often find that it still feels like vacation. Embracing the natural beauty and slower pace were easy. Learning to love Orange wasn't too hard. However, my mid-western roots shine through in my inability to accessorize my daughters with giant hair bows and my preference for unsweetened tea. Being a mother is more incredible than I ever dreamed, and even though our days are utter chaos riddled with exhaustion, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I blog about anything and everything related to motherhood at Stroller Savvy..

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