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How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day At Home With The Kids

A full day’s worth of meals, crafts and games for the lucky children.

This weekend is all about St. Patrick’s Day. The beloved Irish-themed holiday is a great time to take advantage of the endless possibilities for recipes, crafts and games. Instead of going out, why not stay inside and get the full St. Paddy’s Day experience in the comfort of your home. Just be sure everyone is wearing green or else there might be some pinches!

Top of the Mornin’ Meal:

Nothing says “Good morning” like a full Irish breakfast. To keep it simple and sweet, there are some ground rules of what must be included. For starters, eggs need to be sunny side up (fried). No scrambles, sorry kiddos. Just like Americans, the Irish love their bacon, Canadian bacon that is. If the littles aren’t the biggest fan of the ham-style bacon, you can swap the bacon for sausage (or have both). For the adventurous children, try black pudding, which is a blood sausage patty––don’t hate it till you try it! It’s delicious (trust us!). Now for some fiber. Cook up baked beans, and toast bread as well. Lastly, there needs to be some veggies, right? Saute mushrooms, and cut tomatoes. Try Mr. Breakfast’s recipe for the full breakfast.

Leprechaun Lunch:

Something Irish people consume more than potatoes is beer, and what better way to enjoy an Irish-themed day than with a traditional Irish Guinness stew? Yes, it’s basically mixing Irish favorites (potatoes, beef and beer) into one. The best part about this recipe is that you can make it in a slow cooker. There is some prepping, but it can be left to cook for most the time. Minimal work with all the flavors. Try The Daring Gourmet’s recipe for traditional Irish beef and Guinness stew.

Irish Dancer Dinner:

Finally, finish off the day with one of the most iconic St. Patrick Day’s meals: corned beef and cabbage. This does take a little bit more time if you aren’t using a slow cooker (which you could if you want to), but it is definitely worth the time. The littles can even help chop some of the veggies. Play some Irish tunes, and turn dinner time into a family event. Try Taste of Home’s recipe for an Irish-American infused version of corned beef and cabbage.

Cabbage Crafts:

Keep the kids’ hands busy with some fun rainbow slime that can last past the holiday. Growing a Jeweled Rose has a recipe for a St. Paddy’s Day-themed slime that even has some Leprechaun gold in it. Slime, which as you know is oh-so-popular with the kids, will keep them busy for a few hours––if not a few days. Be careful the slime doesn’t get caught in any furniture, carpet or hair, though. It’s best to keep it on a table that would be okay to get dirty, or put down a table covering.

If slime isn’t their thing (or yours), moon sand is a great way to keep the mess contained in a box—literally. The Unprepared Mommy puts an Irish twist on the craft by giving it a green tint. It’s possible some hands might get dyed in the process, but then they have “a Leprechaun kiss” leftover. To add to the fun, try putting in some gold coins or glitter to make the experience more sensory oriented.

Going back to the basics of arts and crafts, kiddos can make their own Leprechaun out of colored paper and some markers (or colored pencils). I Heart Crafty Things turns a simple project into a great addition to the fridge door. With a little bit of glue and googly eyes, this Leprechaun will come to life.

Guinness Games:

Who doesn’t love a good game of hide-and-seek? Well, try putting a spin on it that includes gold coins and math. Buggy and Buddy created a scavenger hunt type of game where the kids can look around the house for the coins. After they are all collected (it might be a good idea to write down all the places they are hidden), the little ones can count to see how many they have.

St. Patrick was a smart guy and so are the kids. Little Bins for Little Hands created a themed science experiment. Simply fill a tub with water, add an empty pot (a Leprechaun’s pot that is) and have your child guess how many coins (pennies) it will take for the pot to sink.

A classic game that is a must on the holiday is to find the Leprechaun’s pot of gold. Although it is said the pot is at the end of the rainbow, this game takes a little more strategic thinking. Sunny Day Family created a printable scavenger hunt game (for $1.49) where kids will follow clues step by step until they reach the pot of gold (or chocolate).

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