Saint Patrick's Day Family Fun

Melinda, a member shares, "My hubby's best friend and his daughter make a leprechaun trap every year. They decorate a box with paper and glitter and rig it with a trip string. Then they leave some cold coin candy in it. During the night, Rick goes out and checks it. If a small green man hasn't already tripped it, he gets rid of the gold candy and leaves a trail of some other kind of candy out the door."

Don't worry if you don't have a box handy. You can cut a trap door in the top of an oatmeal box or rig up a strawberry basket to drop on the wee creature.

Hunting for Treasure

Legend says that the fourth leaf on a four-leaf clover stands for luck. It also says that every leprechaun has a pot of gold. May the "luck of the Irish" be with you in your search for treasure!

Shamrock and lucky clovers: Head to the park or the backyard and search for shamrocks. Bring along a snack to quell the hungry explorers. We suggest shamrock green peppers, leprechaun logs (celery filled with cream cheese and sprinkles with parsley), Irish flag kebabs (pepper, cauliflower and carrots on a toothpick) or veggie rainbow wraps.

Looking for gold, indoors: Dust a bit of gold onto green pompoms and put your preschooler on the trail treasure.

Where's the pot 'o gold: Send the kids on a treasure hunt for that elusive pot 'o gold. Share the lucky leprechaun's secret map to his treasure chest, complete with the clues leading to the prize.

Spotting the Green

Play "I Spy with My Little Eye" something that is green. If you're out driving, have a contest and see who can find the most green shapes.

Recipes and Treats

On Saint Patrick's Day, it seems there's a wee bit o' the Irish in most of us. Celebrate the day with the Irish-inspired treats.

Yummy Green Shamrocks

Melt a package of green chocolate discs in a double boiler or in the microwaves. Dip mini pretzels into the chocolate. Arrange on wax paper in groups of three to resemble a shamrock. Cool and share.

Green and Jiggly

Make lime jello "jigglers." Instead of cutting into squares, cut into shamrocks.

Other ideas for green food:

  • Add spinach to a smoothie and rename it a "shamrock shake"
  • Make an omelet or crepe with basil pesto
  • Cut green peppers into circles

Rainbow Muffin Tin Snacks

Line a six-muffin tin with rainbow colored paper wrappers. Then fill each cup with a corresponding fruit or vegetable.

You can use these ideas for each color of the rainbow:

  • Red: Strawberries, raspberries, radishes
  • Orange: Carrot sticks, mandarin orange slices
  • Yellow: Banana slices, yellow bell peppers, pear tomatoes
  • Green: Cucumber slices, kiwi, avocado wedges
  • Blue: Blueberries
  • Purple: Purple plums, blackberries

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Host a Saint Patrick's Day feast with Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish soda bread, and a plate of shamrock cookies.

Whether you'll be wearin' the green, following a rainbow to find hidden gold, or cooking up a feast, we'd like to hear your plans for Saint Patrick’s Day. Share your bit o' Irish lore!

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