People started celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the 1700s. The holiday originated in Ireland, but as the Irish immigrated to America, they brought their traditions and culture with them. Over the years, the holiday has grown to be quite popular, and we're here to help your family celebrate! PBS has an extensive list of crafts, recipes, and other fun ideas to help make your kids feel lucky. Here are some of our favorites:
Eat a Green Breakfast
Some might think that Dr. Seuss had St. Patrick's Day in mind when he wrote the book Green Eggs and Ham. It's easy to bring some Irish spirit to the breakfast table. You can make green pancakes or waffles simply by adding a drop or two of food coloring to the batter or as you scramble up your eggs. Don't overdo it though. Just add a drop at a time, stirring gradually until you get the shade of green you want.
Make a Traditional St. Patty's Day Dinner
St. Patty's Day is a great day to not only teach your children about different cultures, but also foods. Corned beef and cabbage has always served as a traditional Irish meal. While you can find recipes for corned beef and cabbage all over the internet. PBS Parents has a delicious corned beef and cabbage recipe for you.
Trap a Leprechaun
Making a Leprechaun trap is a fun activity to do together with your smaller children. It's as fun as leaving cookies out for Santa Claus. In doing so, let your children explore their own ideas and take the lead on this adventure. This is an inexpensive activity since you can use items found around the house. Some people prop up a box, with an enticing bait to the Leprechaun inside. You can also use toilet paper rolls, construction paper, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and glue to help your child create their own unique trap. If you can get to the store in time, some places sell fake gold coins. We've heard these are a great bait to use to trap a leprechaun. Lucky Charms cereal comes in handy for this as well.
Flip through a Green Read with your Child
Reading to your child is an educational way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. You can get them excited about St. Patrick's Day early on in the month of March simply by reading to them about it. If you need book ideas, PBS Parents has come up with a great list of St. Patrick's Day books that your kids will love!
Create a St. Patty's Day Craft
Kids love to craft! Your little leprechaun's will love to create a St. Patrick's Day craft that they can wear or show off to everyone they know. PBS has a whole bunch of St. Patrick Day Craft ideas on their website.
Get out your Green
There are very few rules to follow on St. Patrick's Day, but don't forget to bring out the green! This is one of the few guidelines on this day that is practically mandatory. An old Irish legend says that those who wear green on St. Patrick's Day will be invisible to pesky leprechauns. Remember that they are fairylike creatures who like to pinch people, no matter what color they are wearing.
Whether it's drinking a green milkshake or going to a parade, there are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Kids will love when you bring the luck of the Irish to your home!