Tuesday, March 15, 2016

St. Patrick's Day EAT-READ-WATCH-DECORATE-PLAY-CREATE

St. Patrick's Day is almost here! 

I had so many things planned for the holiday, but sometimes parenting four kids and the busyness of life just takes over!  Needless to say, we only conquered half of our list.  I love making holidays special for my kids, so we had to accomplish a few things before the big day!

{EAT}

Fruit Loop Rainbows

I made these Fruit Loop Rainbows for Lily's class on Friday and they were a hit! I didn't add the Rolos for her class, but I did add them to the bags I made up for Dylan and Lexie's lunches this week.

I saw something similar made with skewers, but skewers mixed with preschoolers didn't seem like the best idea.  Pipe cleaners are a safer option, and you can mold them into a rainbow!

They are every bit as easy as they look. All you need are marshmallows, fruit loops cereal, Rolos,  pipe cleaners, and clear favor bags.  Slide a marshmallow onto one end of the pipe cleaner, thread the fruit loops in a pattern, then slide another marshmallow onto the other end of the pipe cleaner.  Fill the bottom of a clear favor bag with Rolos, slide in the rainbow, and you're done!  Easy and fun!

Fruit Loop Rainbows

{READ}

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We don't have very many St. Patrick's Day books for kids, but the two we read over and over again are:
The Littlest Leprechaun is a new purchase.  I absolutely had to buy it because the leprechaun's name is Liam! 

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{WATCH}

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Grant and I struggled to come up with family-friendly movies to watch with our kids for St. Patrick's Day.  We ended up watching our usual Disney favorite tonight for Family Movie Night: Darby O'Gill and the Little People!

{DECORATE}

Decorate

There aren't as many options for St. Patrick's Day decorating as there are for other holidays, but I tried to add little touches throughout the house!

Shamrock Plants, Pots of Gold and Chevron Bow-Michael's
Table Runner, White Tray, Shamrock Mason Jar and Pillow-Target Dollar Spot
Wooden Sign-TJ Maxx

{PLAY} 

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I had big plans to make a St. Patrick's Day themed sensory table, but didn't have the time. SO. Homemade green glitter play dough was an easy alternative!

1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup warm water
Green food coloring
Gold glitter

Mix the flour and salt, add a few drops of food coloring (I used neon green) to the water, and slowly pour the water mixture into the flour mixture while stirring. Add more flour as needed until the mixture isn't sticky.  Sprinkle in some gold glitter and knead with your hands to blend.

Toss in some shamrock cookie cutters or show them how to make a shamrock, and you will officially have a few moments of peace and quiet!

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{CREATE}

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One of my kids made a card with a thumbprint shamrock in school a few years ago.  It was such a cute keepsake that we try to make one with all four kids' thumbprints each year!

With green paint for the thumbprints and a green marker to for the stem, it's a really easy craft that my three older kids can do on their own.  Liam needed a little assistance (and tried to paint everything green in the process).

I plan on finding a frame and hanging it up as part of our St. Patrick's Day decor!

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We're having fun getting ready for St. Patrick's Day! In just a few days, we'll be wearing green and attempting to trap leprechauns!  How will you be celebrating?

St. Patrick's Day Ideas for Kids


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14 comments:

  1. Oh goodness that fruit loop rainbow is the cutest thing ever, LOVE it!

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  2. Love all of these, Stefanie! You always have the greatest projects for the kiddos!

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  3. These are all awesome!! Love the rainbows.

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    1. Thank you! Lily loved them so much that I had to make a second batch to keep at home!

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  4. We've been reading The Night Before and There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover, which is the extent of our St Patty's books haha! These are great activities!

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    1. We only have three! There aren't really too many St. Patrick's Day books, are there?!?

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  5. Oh my gosh. I need to pin all of this! Pin all the things!! Great job. :)

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    1. Haha! I just like how everything is so simple. When projects are too in-depth, I quickly forget about them!

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  6. I love the fruit loop rainbows. (I would have loved to surprise Lewie with one of these treats in his lunch...) I'm definitely saving these ideas for next year!

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