Top of the mornin’ to ya! Whether you are Irish or not, St Patrick’s Day can be a fun holiday to celebrate! Family quality time gives us the opportunity to strengthen family ties and enjoy each other’s company. Let’s create family fun on St Patrick’s Day!
We have some crazy schedules at our house. The grandkids grow and change so fast, sometimes I wonder if we’re providing enough “memorable moments.” So, what to do? Here’s some ideas on our list this year.
Learn the History.
Who was St Patrick? Why a shamrock? What’s with all of this green? Take time to talk about the history of St Patrick’s Day. This is a great teaching/learning opportunity!
Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. It is thought that St Patrick used a shamrock as a metaphor for the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), showing how three individual units could be part of the same body. His parishioners began wearing shamrocks to his church services. Today, “the wearing of the green” on St. Patrick’s Day represents spring, shamrocks, and Ireland.
Get up & Move!
Learn a jig! Clear a space on the floor, put on some Irish dance music, and dance! If you need to brush up on your Irish dance moves, check out YouTube – Irish Step Dancing. I’m looking forward to giggling with the grandkids when Papa (aka my hubby) tries to do a jig!
Special holidays give you the opportunity to try new food and get the kids involved! Make the day special just by adding some green food coloring to milk. Or, you could try flavoring it…
Vanilla Mint Green Milk
Found on The Cookie Rookie.
I can’t wait to taste this! Mint is one of my favorite flavors. I may have to throw in a couple of scoops of ice cream!
Rainbow Jello Mold
Found on Glitter and Goulash.
My grandchildren love jello. As soon as the 4 year old saw this, she said, “Can we make that?” The author provides an excellent tutorial for those of us that are “jello mold challenged.” Luckily (Irish luck maybe?), she also provides us with a “kid friendly” version of this recipe called Rainbow Jello Jigglers. It may be a little time-consuming, but it’s well worth it. Plus, it’s so pretty! 🙂
Corned Beef and Irish Cheddar Sliders
Found on Fake Ginger.
Did you know that corned beef and cabbage is more of an Irish-American tradition? (In Ireland, the day is usually celebrated by eating food such as pink bacon or savory roast chicken.) I have to admit I’m not a big fan of corned beef and cabbage, but I love sandwiches! These look particularly yummy with super soft potato rolls. I hope the grandkids will try them, too!
Shamrock Pretzel Pops
Found on Mommy’s Bundle.
What’s a meal without a fun dessert? Shamrock Pretzel Pops are pretzel’s covered with green-colored white chocolate and topped with sprinkles. Not only are they yummy, they’re fun to make!
Last but definitely not least, we have to have some fun projects to make!
Found on The Resourceful Mama.
This simple craft is cute and easy! Make several and create a puppet show, dance a jig,or use as decorations for a party.
Found on Hoosier Homemade.
They’ve given us a great tutorial and free printables! Plus, this project uses paper and glue and other items you may already have 🙂
Marshmallow Shamrock Stamping
Found on The Pinterested Parent.
There are many ideas of items to use for stamping. I particularly like this idea of using jumbo marshmallows. You could use this technique to decorate a t-shirt by adding a liquid fabric medium to acrylic paint.
Create memorable moments with your family! Think of ways to create teaching/learning opportunities on special holidays. Add music, dancing, food, and fun activities. Strengthen family ties and build lasting memories! Have a happy St Patrick’s Day!