St. Partick's Day CraftsMarshmallow Shamrock Stampers (and more ideas!) http://thepinterestedparent.com/2015/03/st-patricks-day-crafts/ Gold at the End of the Rainbow Chain https://www.craftymorning.com/rainbow-chain-craft-st-patricks-day/ Fruit Loop Rainbow Craft http://www.housingaforest.com/fruit-loop-rainbow-craft/
Leprechaun TrapsSearch Pinterest and you’ll find a ton of ideas for your kids to make their own leprechaun trap (and for your kids to see that a leprechaun visited, ahem). Don’t forget to lure those tricksters with plenty of “gold” (chocolate coins work great). Look at it like Elf on a Shelf but with only one night of work involved. ;-)
Read an Irish-themed BookHit up your local library (says the totally biased school librarian) to find an age-appropriate book. I gave a solid list last year for just this purpose to help you track one down, but don’t be afraid to ask your librarian for his or her favorites. Since I’m back in the high school setting, I’m going to have to work harder to find my fave - Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato - to put on my annual Irish accent for our kids.
Cook Something IrishIreland hasn’t really been known for its stellar culinary arts, but in recent years the quality of their beef, milk products, and the rest of their “locavore” delights are breaking down that stereotype.
So, whether you try corned beef, shepherd’s pie, colcannon, stew, creamy mashed potatoes with a sprinkle of Irish cheddar or soda bread with Irish butter (now easy to find at most grocery stores), you can give your family an authentic AND delicious experience. And even if your family won’t touch those dishes (seriously, why don’t my kids eat mashed potatoes?! My Irish blood curdles over that), try a nice Irish dessert (like apple cake with custard sauce - yum!).And, of course, it’s all about the fun, so even just picking up some rainbow cupcakes at the supermarket still helps make things festive, so don’t get too serious here!