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.
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.