St. Patrick's Day 


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Toddler Celebrations: St. Patrick's Day

Activities

Wear green!  Pick out something green for each member of your family to wear.  Discuss with your child what color everyone is wearing.

Shamrock Math: Draw three-leaf clovers and four-leaf clovers (or use clipart).  Help your toddler count the leaves on each clover.  For an older child, you could make several of each and cut them out.  Let your child sort the three-leaf clovers into one pile and the four-leaf clovers into another.

I Spy Green!  Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by challenging your  toddler to find green items around your house or your community.

Treats

Celebrate with a St. Patrick's Day dinner.  I like to serve corned beef and Irish soda bread, plus green side dishes.  Here are some ideas for green sides:

Vegetables: broccoli, green beans, peas, spinach, lettuce salad, green mashed potatoes (mix in food coloring)

Fruit: green grapes, kiwi fruit, honeydew melon

Dessert: mint ice cream, grasshopper pie, green-frosted cookies or cupcakes

Drinks: green Koolaid, green milk (add food coloring)

You can add green food coloring to almost anything!  Try green pancakes or eggs for breakfast (pureed spinach will also turn your eggs green, plus make them extra healthy), a cup of green milk, or green cream cheese spread on bread, crackers, or a bagel.

Crafts

Giant Shamrock: Cut a shamrock out of a large sheet of paper.  Let your child paint on it with green paint.  Landon is holding his in the picture at the top of this page.

St. Patrick's Coloring: Print off some St. Patrick's Day themed coloring sheets.  Give your child a variety of green crayons, markers, and chalk with which to color the pictures.

Green Playdough: St. Patrick's Day is a great day for green playdough.  If you have a shamrock cookie cutter, roll out the dough for your child, so she can cut out shamrocks.