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8 Things to Do with Your Kids for St Patrick’s Day

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Saint Patrick’s Day is less than a week away. My kids love having something to celebrate. And even though we’re not Irish, we have a great affection for Patrick, as a fellow saint, who loved God and wanted to share His goodness with the people of the Emerald Isle.

Here’s a fun list of 8 things you can do with your kids for St Patty’s Day:

Bake a loaf of Irish Soda Bread.

Soda bread is easy to make and delicious when served warm with butter or a slice of Dubliner cheese.

Tie Dye Shirts in green, of course!

You know from your own childhood how fun the wearing of the green can be. Have a little craft party this week and tie dye tshirts in green. Just make sure you wear rubber gloves or you’ll be wearing more than a green shirt on March 17th!

Read a chapter book about Patrick.

This book is one of our favorite read alouds. I borrowed it from a friend for the first few years and then ended up buying a copy to keep. It tells the tale of young Patrick’s kidnapping and subsequent conversion to Christianity.

Share a bowl of Irish Stew.

This is our favorite dinner for St Patrick’s Day. I make it every year. It’s easy enough that the kids can help load the slow cooker and then the crockpot does the rest of the work. Don’t forget to pop in for Ultimate Recipe next week when we share St Patrick’s Day feasts.

Talk about the meaning behind St Patrick’s Day.

Whether you observe saint days or not, I think it’s good to know the meaning behind any “holiday” we recognize. I was so surprised as an adult to realize that this day had something deeper than leprechauns behind it.

Make green candied popcorn.

That said, I still think it’s cool to make green stuff. This popcorn recipe looks easy enough and I love it that the popcorn shapes are reminiscent of shamrock shapes.

Try out some new crafts.

Get a free craft ebook for St Patrick’s Day. Check out what Martha and Family Fun Magazine are doing. Or simply do a collage of green things that you and your kids find in old magazines.

Enjoy an apple dessert.

Apples are an integral part of Irish culture. In fact, it used to be that if a tenant planted apple trees on the property he was renting, when he moved the landlord had to compensate him for improving the property. Taste our favorite apple pie or make a simpler apple crisp together.

What do YOU do for St Patrick’s Day?

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  1. Thanks for these great ideas! My father actually immigrated from Ireland so this day is near and dear to my heart.

    Here is a wonderful piece on St. Patrick by one of my favorite Christian thinkers, Chuck Colson: http://www.breakpoint.org/features-columns/archive/1480-st-patrick-voice-of-justice-and-mercy

  2. Love your website and all the ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to try the apple crisp recipe. Sincerely, Cindy Eckhart

  3. i put a little green food coloring in the toilets!! I also use it in some of the foods we eat that day..

  4. This is what we do…we have a “visitor” come in the night…he leaves his footprints, a pot of gold, and Lucky Charms.

    http://unafamiliaalaskena.blogspot.com/2009/03/visitor-in-night.html

  5. Great ideas!!

  6. I love reading on other blogs what everyone else does for St Patricks Day, but here we don’t actually do that much!

    The kids don’t even have the day off school, they don’t wear green, we don’t have “visitors” playing tricks and no-one gets pinched!

    In fact, we don’t eat corned beef either!!!

    Your bread and stew look very tasty.

    However, I DO wish you a very happy St Patricks Day from my blog to yours :)

  7. Dubliner cheese is the best! I am hoping to try the stamping project with Green Peppers as I saw on Pinterest.
    http://pinterest.com/pin/67202219409439721/

  8. A few years ago we started having a “Green Feast.” My almost 3 year old was born on St. Patrick’s Day so it doubles as his birthday party. We have as many naturally green foods as possible (it’s a great way to encourage kids to eat fruits and vegetables!!) My kids are already excitedly planning this year’s feast. Some foods we’ve had in the past and are planning to have again are: green peppers and cucumbers with guacamole and spinach hummus for dipping, a fruit tray with green pears, green apples, green grapes, kiwi and honeydew, sautéed zucchini, sautéed spinach, grilled asparagus, and pasta with spinach pesto.

  9. Angela Shrader says:

    My kids love celebrating all holidays (including Groundhog’s Day). However, I am always lacking in the Mommy of the year department :/ I’m going to take a few of these ideas tho and run with them. Also for breakfast I’m thinking of Ihop’s green eggs and ham commercial (for Dr. Seuss) I think we’ll do something similar.

  10. My boys and I made the soda bread tonight and it was fantastic. Thank you for the recipe. Tried one loaf with coconut oil ‘just to see’ and it was really about the same as the one with the canola oil.

  11. Mark Rutledge says:

    Celebrate my daughter Sara’ 5 th birthday.
    (and no we did not consider naming her Patsy, Pat or Patty)

  12. we always have corn beef and cabbage for dinner.

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