We made it to March! Phew. Spring will be here soon in my neck o’ the woods. I’ve been in the mood to plan ahead a little bit this year, and thought I’d share some of ideas I found online for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. For an historical and encyclopedic definition of the day, see the Wikipedia entry or hop over to History.com for their St. Patrick’s Day article.
I was of course more interested in the snack ideas. Allrecipes.com has an easy yet tasty-sounding recipe for a Chocolate Mint Milkshake. In fact, there’s an entire category of Irish or St. Patrick’s Day recipes listed there. I had no idea there was so much available!
And of course, no holiday is complete without making a craft or two with your kids. For younger children the good people at KidsSoup.com have some options. My favorite was the Froot Loop rainbow. There’s even a free printable available.
Speaking of printables, there are literally hundreds of coloring pages and other printable activities available online to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. About.com has a list of 14 sites that include coloring pages, templates, cards, and printable craft resources. Disney’s Family Fun.com has more printables centered around the St. Patrick’s Day theme.
Have you ever noticed that a shamrock shape can me made using hearts? Cut out some green paper hearts for gluing on to pictures or photo frames and voila! Instant holiday craftiness. You can also use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to trace (or make cookies – yum) if you’re a perfectionist about heart shapes. Heart stamps would also do the trick. Make a shamrock tee shirt, or some lovely cards to send to friends and family.
If you don’t mind getting a little messy, head on over to Celebrations.com and try the Thumbprint Shamrocks. Or make your own rainbow complete with pot of gold courtesy of Sherri Osborn’s post at About.com. There’s also a suggestion of making your own pot of gold with a margarine container and cardboard disks and a lot of paint. I’d rather buy those chocolate candies and put them in a dish. But I’m lazy.
This list only just scratches the surface of what’s available to help celebrate the day. What do you do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
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