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Luck of the Irish – Fun for St. Patrick’s Day

If you know me, you know holidays are a thing in my house. I’m not Catholic. I’m not Irish. I’m not Orthodox. But hot dang, I love a good celebration. I also enjoy history and food. So of course, as holidays approach, I work hard to create learning experiences that will appeal to my kids. Our boys are 6, 4, and 2 so these activities are best suited for those ages.

These audio stories are favorites around here. Here are two specifically geared towards St. Patrick:

Adventures in Odyssey

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/adventures-in-odyssey/episode-394-saint-patrick-a-heart-afire-pt1

https://www.christianbook.com/395-saint-patrick-heart-afire-part/9781604823943/pd/DA22029-5?event=CBCER1

Sensory Bins

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Colored macaroni or rice is easy to do and fun for your kids. I go with a rainbow theme at St. Patrick’s Day.

  1. Divide pasta/rice into freezer bags. Use one bag for each color dye.
  2. Working with one bag at a time, add 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to the bag. Close the top and scrunch it around in your hands to distribute the alcohol.
  3. Then add your food coloring to the bag. Again close the top and scrunch it around in your hands to distribute the color.
  4. Spread the dyed pasta out on a cookie sheet (you may want to line yours first with wax paper or aluminum foil) and let dry overnight.

That’s it. Easy peasy!

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Toss some Dollar Tree St. Patty’s Day items in, or relevant items from around the house, and you have a home made sensory bin for your toddler. For an older child, you could add a Dollar Tree cookie sheet and magnetic letters that spell “green” “rainbow” or other color words. Print simple color words on card stock and give the child the chance to go on a search and spell the words out on the cookie sheet. They could also “hunt” for color treasures around the house to match their spelling.

Kids in the Kitchen

Okay, I am going to get real for a hot minute: I learn A LOT when I bring my children into my kitchen. I learn I am not patient. I learn I have a mouth that I need to control. I learn that my boys LOVE to be with me and make things. I learn that the Holy Spirit is necessary for me to parent well.

That said, we do get in the kitchen. Often. One, because I like to eat. I have boys. They like to eat….and they often eat things best if they make them.

So, here are a couple ideas for getting your kids into the kitchen with you during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Irish Beef Stew

  • 3lbs stew beef
  • 1/4c apple juice
  • 2 onions
  • 1 can organic tomato soup
  • 6 potatoes
  • 6 carrots
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1T onion powder
  • 1T pink salt
  • 1/2t black pepper
  • 1c water
  1. Brown the stew meat in oil or butter. This will seal in the flavor and juice.
  2. Have your littles help wash and cut the potatoes and carrots into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Place all ingredients in your crock pot on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Enjoy with some delicious Irish Soda Bread!

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Fruit Rainbow

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Choose fruit in every color of the rainbow! Let your children help wash the fruit (my middle son thinks this is the best part of being in the kitchen). Older kids can be assigned to create the rainbow itself, or littler ones can help hand you colors as your request them. All three of my boys have kitchen knives and can help slice fruit. This was a big hit with our kids. They gobbled up every bite.

Lucky Scavenger Hunt

Cut out a rainbow for each child from colored construction paper. One strip of each color (ROY G BIV). Then place them around the house with a coin under each. Have your children collect one of each color (instruct that they must not have more than one of any color) and the coins. Hide a pot of coins somewhere too, for fun. Once they have 7 colors and 7 coins, they can glue their rainbow together and count their money. I love the idea of a 3D rainbow they can play with afterwards. You can check out some ideas here.

Book Basket

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These are some of our favorites!

Copywork

I like to pull together some tracing copy work for  the boys and also include hymn study or a well known poem, etc.

Get your own copy.

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I hope some of these ideas and resources were helpful to you and your family. I enjoy idea sharing, so I welcome links and comments about what your family does.

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