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St. Patrick's Day Snacks and Drinks

February 27, 2010 20:09 by Barbara Shelby

 Updated January 2013

ST. PATRICKS' DAY HUGS ON PRETZELS
You'll see versions of this goodie all over KidActivities website. Love them! Easy, fast, pretty, and oh so good!

Ingredients: checkerboard, windowpane or roundish heart shaped pretzels
1 (large pound size) bag M&Ms plain chocolate candies. Pick out all the 'green' candy and set aside
Hershey's Hugs chocolates (The green candy shows up much better on the white chocolate hugs)


1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
2. Open the bags of pretzels and place them on a parchment or waxed paper-lined cookie sheets in a single layer.
3. Unwrap Hugs... place one on each pretzel, repeat for an entire cookie sheet.
4. Place cookie sheets in the preheated oven, bake 4 MINUTES FOR THE SHEET OF pretzels and HUGS. When removed from over, place a green M&M in the center of each hug. (You'll find the Hugs continue to melt after they come out of the oven, so place candy carefully)
5. Place cookie sheet in freezer or refrigerator until the chocolate is reset.  If this is a gift...wrap either in cellophane bags, a tin or a candy box. (Photo sample by KidActivities)

TIP: Purchase several bags of the Holiday Green and Red M&Ms' after Christmas. You can then use the red for Valentine treats and the Green for St. Patrick Day goodies!

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SHAKE IT UP! LEPRECHAUN PUDDING #1

Ingredients:
♣ For every five children use one 1-ounce box of instant pistachio pudding.
♣ Per child use 1/2 cup of milk and 1 small resealable plastic bag
♣ Need 1/2 cup measuring cup and spoon
♣ Put tablespoon of pudding mix in sandwich bag and milk, then close the baggy and have kids shake and squeeze. Eat! Enjoy!

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LEPRECHAUN PUDDING #2

(Made in individual small jars)
 
Need:
Instant pistachio pudding, small jars with lids, spoons, milk

1. Place 1 tablespoon of pudding mix into a jar (1 for jar for each child)
2. Add 1/4 cup cold milk --adding the milk makes the instant pudding turn green.
3. Place lid on tightly and have children shake away until the pudding is made

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MAGIC 'LEPRECHAUN POWDER' RECIPE GIFT or SURPRISE!

 ♣  Buy a box of instant pistachio pudding. Take it out of the box so it is in the plain white wrapper.

♣ If using a large box of pudding ~ tape the following poem to the front of the package/or baggie of pudding ~ other wise change the milk to 2 cups.
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Magic Leprechaun Powder filled with gold...
Add a little milk (4 cups) icy cold.
Give it a stir and watch the surprise ...
Presto! It changes right before your eyes!

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PINEAPPLE PISTACHIO PUDDING #1

 

There are many ways this quick and easy dessert can be made/re-invented. This version has been put together from the below recipes of #2 and #3...yumm

Ingredients: I large can undrained pinapple chunks (20 oz size), 1 small box pistachio instant pudding mix, 1 1/2 cups Cool-Whip and handful of mini-marshamllows... (Optional: several broken pecans and/or cherry halves. Green cherries would be nice for St.Patrick's Day)

Mix together the undrained pinapple chucks and dry pudding mix. Stir until the liquid begins to thicken. Add the Cool-Whip, mini marshamallows, and nuts or cherries. Cool in refrigerator for an hour or two. (A few mini-marshmallows and shreded coconut was added to the top as a garnish.) Image by KidAcftivities.net 

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PINEAPPLE PISTACHIO PUDDING #2   

1 can crushed pineapple
1 box instant pistachio pudding
1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip
1 c. mini marshmallows

Dissolve pudding in pineapple. Stir in Cool Whip and marshmallows. Optional Ingredients: Chopped nuts and coconut. (For other occasions- lemon pudding can also be used.) Can be served immediately.

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PINEAPPLE PISTACHIO PUDDING #3  

2 (3 1/4 oz.) pkg. pistachio pudding mix (instant)
1 lg. (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks
1 lg. (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple
15 maraschino cherries, quartered (optional)
1 (8 oz.) carton Cool Whip

Combine dry pudding mix with pineapple and cherries. Fold in Cool Whip. Put into casserole and refrigerate several hours.

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POT OF GOLD POTATOES


1. In advance prepare one small, baked potato for each child.
2. Wrap the potatoes in gold foil or gold foil gift wrap.
3. Keep them warm in an ice-cooler--till needed.
4. When served, pile them up in a black plastic cauldron or a bowl...make them "look like a leprechaun's pot of gold."

Fill bowls with various "green" toppings. (Green onions, tinted "green" sour cream, broccoli florets, guacamole--don't forget the butter. Add shredded cheddar if desired!) Eat! Enjoy!
I did this many years ago at summer day camp-a-nd the kids really liked it! With many programs/classrooms  so large now, it could be a good cooking club activity. This would also be something fun to do at home! (Barb)

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY COOKIE POPS (Easy to do)

Ingredients:
20 vanilla wafer cookies, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 12-ounce bag white chocolate chips, green and yellow decorator sugar, green food coloring, ice cream or lollipop sticks, wax paper or paper plates

1. Spread peanut butter onto the flat side of the cookies.
2. Place an ice cream stick into the peanut butter on half the cookies.
3. Top with another cookie so the stick is sandwiched between the two cookies.
4. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, one minute, then in 20 second increments, stirring until smooth.
5. Before melting, separate the white chips into two bowls. After melting, add a few drops of green food coloring to one of the bowls of white chips to make green chocolate. To the other sprinkle with the green sugar after dipping.
6. Dip cookie pops in the melted chips, covering completely. Sprinkle with green and yellow sugar and lay or stand on waxed paper or paper plates.
7. Place in refrigerator to chill. Source: fabulousfoods.com

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A VERSION OF THE ABOVE... (A mistake but still yummy!)

NOTES: KidActivities started following the above recipe; however, the chocolate would not melt smoothly. Be sure to get 'good quality' melting chocolate--and if using a microwave--melt on defrost setting or at 50 % power. The chocolate KA used was heated too fast/too high/too long--and would not thin out. (When white chocolate is heated too long-it thickens instead of thining)

In spite of the thick coating...KidActivities continued to 'pretty much spread' the green chocolate onto the wafers. The five kids and two adults who ate them.... thought they were great!

What KidActivities would do differently next time.

1. Use a flat popsicle/craft stick in between the peanut butter cookies...or use no stick at all.

2. Use 'better quality' melting chocolate and/or add a tablespoon of soldi vegtable shortening. As written above--they didn't come out as intended--but still tasted great! (See KidActivities image) In lieu of sugar, we placed a small green M&M on each.

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RITZ CRACKER ST. PADDY DAY COOKIES

This recipe is much as the above.

Spread peanut butter on the flat side of two Ritz crackers. Join them together. Using either the double boiler method or microwave---melt white chocolate. Stir in green food coloring when chocolate is smooth. Using two spoons (or whatever works best for you) dip the cracker-cookie into the chocolate and coats both sides. Place on wax paper or paper plates.

Chill in refrigerator until chocolate hardens. (These are also great all year -ound without adding food coloring. Just dip in white or regular chocolate!

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READ DR. SEUSS' Green Eggs and Ham...then... make green eggs! (Perfect for St. Patrick's Day) 

Make scrambled egg batter your normal way ...Add a little green food coloring until you get a color of green you like. Cook and Eat. Serve with toast or English muffin. You could also really 'green' it up by putting green cream cheese on bagels or rice cakes!

 This can also be a visual experience. When something looks different, it still may tasted the same! Try eating the eggs with eyes open and then with eyes closed. The kids may not like the way it tastes, because of the way it looks...but then will realize there is no difference.

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SWEET SHAMROCK TORTILLA SHAPES

 

1. Using small SHAMROCK shaped cookie cutters cut shapes out of a flour tortilla.
2. Place on non stick cookie sheet (or line with parchment paper) and lightly brush with a little butter.
3. Lightly sprinkle (you only need a little) with a mixture of 1 part cinnamon and 3 parts brown sugar.
4. Bake in a moderately hot oven for 10 minutes for a sweet and crispy treat.
KidActivities added 'Jimmies' to the top of the shapes towards the end of baking. I wish we had 'green sprinkles or green sugar to add...but they still were nice.

NOTE: These are light and crispy and were really a hit!!! The treats can be made any time of the year, with any shape. (Image by KidActivities.net)

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 'READY- MADE' & EASY GREEN SNACKS...

 Green food coloring can be added to nearly any food to change the color!

 Put some in your kids' pancake/ waffle batter, in milk for cereal or to drink, butter, mayonnaise/sandwich spreads, scrambled eggs, white cake and cupcake batter, cream cheese, white frosting, rice krispy treats, mashed potatoes, etc. (Green Cream Cheese Image by KidActivities.net)

   ♣ Green fruits and veggies such as grapes, kiwi, green peppers, broccoli, and honeydew...

   ♣ Tinted Green Veggie Dip
 
   ♣ Pistachio pudding 

   ♣ Shamrock-shaped cookie (kids can frost and decorate them); purchased or home-made sugar cookies can be put out for children to decorate with green frosting and sprinkles. Also use cookie cutters to cut out shamrock shaped bread, cheese, and lunch meat for cute sandwiches.

   ♣ Lemon-lime soda

   ♣ Green maraschino cherries ( top desserts and whipped cream pudding and drinks)

  Lucky Charms cereal can be bagged up or used as decorations on pre-made cupcakes or cookies.  

  ♣ Eating Lucky Charms cereal in a bowl? Add green milk! (Cereal and milk image by KidActivities.net)

   ♣ Green Jell-O or Jell-O jigglers

   ♣ Lime Sherbet

  ♣ Green lemonade (Tint  with food coloring)

   ♣ Make a green Salad

   ♣ Green  applesauce (Add green food coloring)

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HOW ABOUT A ST. PATRICK'S PARTY WITH "GREEN" ICE-CREAM BAR?!
CONSIDER MAKING IT AN 'ICE-CREAM SOCIAL' FAMILY EVENT...

Ingredients
Pistachio,  Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream-- or Lime Sherbet 
Green M&M's
Green Gummy Worms
Green Sprinkles
Green Shamrock Cookies
Green Maraschino Cherries
Chocolate Syrup
Whipped Cream
Set up the ingredients in bowls on a buffet table for the kids to create their own sundaes. YUMMY! :-)

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Do you have access to an oven? MAKE IRISH SODA BREAD!

Ingredients: 
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9"x5" inch loaf pan.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.

Variation: 1 cup raisins, craisins, citron or dried fruits and a few tablespoons caraway seeds may be added. 

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GREEN in the CENTER CAKE

The green in this cake shows off best by using a plain white cake mix--however my family likes pudding pound cake. The following recipe is what I used.
When YOU make this cake--use your favorite white or yellow recipe.
It's the layering of the green that makes the cake special for St. Patrick's Day!

The cake in the images...
4 eggs
1 pkg. (2 layer size) yellow cake mix (KidActivities used lemon cake)
1 (3 3/4 or 3 5/8 oz.) pkg. instant lemon pudding
3/4 c. water
1/3 c. cooking oil

Beat eggs until thick and lemon colored.
Add cake mix, dry pudding, water, and oil; beat at medium speed 8 minutes.
Pour 1/2 to 3/4 of batter into buttered Bundt pan. Add green food coloring to the remainder of the batter and pour evenly over the first batter in the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees about 40 minutes. (I followed the recommended time on the cake box--however I've seen other recipes that say to bake aabout 50 minutes. ) Bake until a tooth pick in the center comes out clean.

Cool cake in pan on wire rack about 15 minutes. Invert onto plate. After cake is completely cooled, frost with glaze.
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GREEN GLAZE
Ingredients:
1 can white frosting
Green food coloring

This is the easiest part. Briefly microwave the frosting in a small bowl until it becomes the consistency of a glaze.
Add green food coloring and stir.
With a spoon, drizzle glaze over the cake. After it sets a bit, drizzle again.

This cake recipe would also be wonderful on St. Patrick's Day using Pistachio instant pudding mix. Just mix it all together for a green cake!

TIP: When frosting or glazing cakes,  put small pieces of wax paper around the bottom of the cake. It catches all the drips and drops. When complete, gently pull out the paper beneath the cake. Also--a couple cake mix companies now sell glaze mix. That would work wonderfully!

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Rainbows and St. Paddy's Day go together! Click Here for Rainbow themed Snacks! They're at the bottom of the Rainbow Theme Page...

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BEVERAGES...

♣ GREEN MILK...

How simple can this one be!

Just add a couple drops of green food coloring to regular milk. Stir well...and serve with a favorite goodie! (Liquid food coloring mixes more easily in liquid than the tube coloring) Image by KidActivities.net

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LUCKY LIME DRINKS
♣ Put one, or two small scoops of lime sherbet in a clear plastic glass; pour 7-Up over the sherbet.
♣ Add a dollop of whipped cream, green sugar sprinkles and a green maraschino cherry!

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ST PADDY DAY PUNCH!  Easy...only two ingredients!

2 gallon lime sherbet
2 liters 7-up or Sprite
1. Let the sherbet soften in the refrigerator for 1 hour before preparing.
2. Mix sherbet and soda in punch bowl or large mixing bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until well blended.
3. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator


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PADDY DAY PARTY PUNCH

1 can (355 mL) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
1 quart (1 L) lime sherbet
2 liters lemon-lime carbonated beverage (like 7-Up or Sprite)
4 cups (1 L) crushed ice

1. In a large mixing bowl or punch bowl, stir together the limeade concentrate and the lime sherbet.
2. Add the lemon-lime beverage and the crushed ice and serve immediately.
If not serving immediately, refrigerate the mixture of limeade and sherbet until just before serving time.
Add the carbonated beverage and crushed ice at the last possible moment.
Makes at least 12 servings.

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LEPRECHAUN SHAKE

2 scoops vanilla ice cream 
3/4 cup milk
3 or 4 drops green food coloring and a few  drops of peppermint extract flavoring...to suit your taste. 
Chocolate syrup

Put ice cream, milk, peppermint, a few squeezes of chocolate syrup, and food coloring into a blender. Blend until smooth and green. Pour into glass.

NOTE: Having just made the above recipe, I added a few more large scoops of ice cream for a thicker shake. Either decrease the milk or increase the ice-cream. Don't be afraid to add the chocolate syrup. It doesn't change the color and gives it a good taste.

You can also omit the peppermint extract if you prefer a plain shake; however, it really DOES leave a refreshing taste after it's finished! (Image by KidActivities.net)

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SHAMPROCK PARTY PUNCH
2 liters ginger ale
1 large container frozen lemonade
1 large can pineapple juice (chilled)
1 quart lime sherbet

Stir together. The lime sherbet melts and makes a milky green punch with foam on top.

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PEPPERMINT CANDY SHAKE
2 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup Peppermint Pattie bars, or Junior Mints cut into pieces
Blender
 
♣ Place candy pieces and place into the freezer for 15 minutes.
♣ Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.
♣ Stir with a spoon and blend for 30 more seconds.
♣ Repeat until desired consistency is reached.
♣ Top with whipped cream and more mint candy pieces on top.

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RAINBOW SNACKS are also nice for St. Patick's Day. Snack are at the bottom of the page. Click here.

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Pages for St. Patty Day Activities...

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St. Patrick's Day Games & Fun Ideas!

February 26, 2010 01:43 by Barbara Shelby

 

 Ideas for Games, Miscellaneous Fun and Songs...

GAMES...

 

SHAMROCK BOUNCE

Paint an old tennis ball green.
Set five pie tins on the floor, numbered 1-5.
Give each child five bounces to land in the pie tins.
Add up the total numbers to see who wins.

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SHAMROCK AND STRAW TABLE GAME

1. Divide groups into equal teams and sit them at table or desks that have been pushed together.
2. Pass out a drinking straw to each child.
3. Place 2 inch Pre-made green tissue-paper shamrocks -in front of 
the first player of each team.
4. Have children clasp their hands behind their backs.
5. At "Go!" the first player picks up the shamrock by inhaling it
onto the straw.
6. That player keeps the shamrock in the straw until he/she
places/drops it down in front of the next player's area.
7. If the shamrock falls off, it must be sucked up again--The game
continues until each team player has had a turn.
(Remember...no hands!)

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 TOP OF THE MORNIN!

1. Children stand in a circle around a blind-folded child--who is the "leprechaun".
2. The leprechaun holds a paper-towel tube (that can be previously
covered in green construction paper) and SLOWY turns.
3. The tube is in a stretched out arm pointing to the circle of children...
Play Irish music and when the music stops the leprechaun stops.
4. The child standing opposite the pointed tube goes to the leprechaun
and says, "A Top of the morning to you," INTO the TUBE. (Have children change their voices if they are able to.)
5. The leprechaun has 3 chances to guess who the voice belongs to.
6. If the leprechaun is correct--the child saying "Top of the Mornin" is
the new leprechaun.

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY RELAY RACE 

1. Cut out a large number of SHAMROCKS; write a different instruction on each one for a relay race ---
Such as: skip, crawl, crab walk, hop, walk backwards, etc. 

2. Duplicate the words for the number of Teams you will have playing. (Example: Three teams equal three sets of instruction words.
 
3. Divide the children into groups (if not even, have one child go twice)
 
4. Put the SHAMROCKS at the end of the room in a pile for each team.

5. On go, the first player on each team runs up to the pile and takes a SHAMROCK. They do what the Shamrock shape instructs.

6. When the first players get back-- the next players run to the shamrocks--and play continues...Return the shamrocks to the bottom of the pile until ALL have had a turn.

Tip: Laminate the shamrocks for FUTURE St. Paddy's Days.
(This game can also be a adapted to other themes such as Valentine's Day-- with hearts instead of shamrocks.

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THEMED BANNER RACE WORD RACE
Challenge  friends to a race of the minds.

♣ Prepare two banners (or as many as you need for each team) that say whatever you want them to say.
Example: Happy St. Patrick's Day! Kiss Me I'm Irish! Luck of the 
Leprechaun, etc. (The words can be themed to any holiday!)

Also prepare a set of letters for the same words cut out in two different colors (for two teams) hidden randomly around the area.

Divide the group into teams with captains--the captains sit and wait for their teammates to bring the letters for their banner. If a student is on the "gold" team and sees a letter for the "green" team he/she just leaves it alone. The first team to cover their banner letters wins.

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IRISH HOT POTATO--A traditional game of hot potato using a real potato.
Play a CD of Irish music while the kids pass the potato around the
circle. The player holding the potato when the music stops, will be in charge of the CD player for the next round.

Variation: Pass the BLANRNEY STONE
Play the same game using a "BLARNEY STONE" (a regular old rock).

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POT OF GOLD DRAMA GAME
You say, "If I found a pot of gold at the foot of the rainbow, I'd buy this..."
Then you show by acting out what you would buy. The others try to guess what you bought, and the first one to guess becomes the new actor.

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Draw a HOPSCOTCH "course" that ties in with your party theme.

For a St. Patrick's Day Party draw a leprechaun in the start box...
    ♣ A pot of gold in the end box...
    ♣ A rainbow from one end to the other
    ♣ Have children toss a gold coin on the course to play.

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PLAY 'HURLEY'...A GAME OF IRELAND

Need 10 or more players, aged 8 and up, played indoors and outdoors.

Hurley is an old game which can be tracked back to ancient Rome, and has been played throughout Great Britain for hundreds of years. However, Hurley is  popular in Ireland, and it is believed to be the ancient ancestor to modern football.

Players form two equal teams, each taking one half of a gymnasium or a large field. One team begins with a medium sized ball (eg: football), with the object of moving the ball over the opposing teams End, which is simply the rear boundary of that teams half.

The defending team may tag an approachable player, whereupon that player must stop and immediately pass the ball, or give the ball up. The ball may be passed or run with, but it may not be kicked and no rough play should be allowed. Essentially the same game may be played indoors, but with a goal, into which the ball may be thrown, and defended by a goalie. No goalie is required for the outdoors version. Source: Thunder Bay Multicultural Association.

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A game of LEPRECHAUN, LEPRECHAUN, WHERE'S YOUR SHAMROCK?
(A version of Doggy, Doggy where's your Bone?
Pre-K to grade 1)

One child, who is the leprechaun, sits in the middle of the circle with their eyes closed. One of the children in the circle hides a paper shamrock shape behind their back - the group together says,

 "Leprechaun, Leprechaun where's your shamrock? Somebody has it in their Pocket! Guess who?
Maybe you... Maybe a monkey from the zoo.
Come on Leprechaun where's your shamrock?"

The Leprechaun opens his/her eyes and has three guesses to who is holding the shamrock behind their back. Whether a right or wrong guess...the child with the shamrock is the next leprechaun.

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FIND THE FOUR LEAF CLOVER

 

   ♣ Prepare pictures or cutouts of green clovers (have one for each child.)
   ♣ All Clover's should have 3 leaves except one, which would be a 4-leaf
clover.

Children take turns passing around the clovers to music.
When the music stops, the child who has the 4-leaf clover gets a
special treat (sticker, etc.)
Tell children that the person with the 4-leaf clover is lucky -- that
is why they get the special treat.
Continue on until ALL KIDS have gotten the 4-leaf clover and special
treat.(Or pass out treat to those who did not receive one in the game)

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 MISCELLANEOUS FUN... 

GOLDEN THOUGHTS...A BULLETING BOARD IDEA...(Also great for kids 'connecting and feeling good'

When I first started working with children-- the children painted a big, paper black pot. They  cut out large circles and painted them yellow (Or you can use yellow/gold construction paper)
 
On the circles, each child wrote  their 'Golden Thought.'
Some were:

♣ I wish my grandpa could see
My new dog makes me happy
I want to be a doctor when I grow up
I like it when my dad plays ball with me
Any "Golden Thought" children wished or makes them happy works!

These then were stapled onto the black pot. The remainder of the wall was decorated with St. Patrick's Day shamrocks, etc. The Parents "did stop" and read what their child wrote. They often were touched by what the wishes revealed...Barb

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This would be nice on a poster/board or in your March Newsletter!
AN IRISH BLESSING
 
Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter...
Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums...
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.
That's the Irish for you!

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THE LEPRACHAUN LOST HIS GOLD!

I have this in my file, but don't remember where I copied it from...Sounds like fun!!!! Kudos to the creator and also an apology for not giving you credit...

Tell the children-

"Two weeks ago, a leprechaun 'lost' all his gold in your play spaces, he left you his pot and a reward notice saying that if you could find all his gold and refill his pot by St. Pats Day, he would leave you a reward!"

Let the children find the gold that is hidden about (gold spray-paint items - anything you can think of - rocks, corn pops, buttons, keys, spoons, etc.).
Each time they find a piece of gold, they place it in the
leprechaun's pot and they receive a "Lucky Shamrock" sticker to put on-- or stick on a sticker page. (Or not, your choice...)

On St. Pats Day, the leprechaun will return and pick-up his small pot full of gold - and in return -- he will leave a large pot (a Halloween witch's cauldron) full of a reward. (Their reward can consist  of shamrock shaped cookies, a pitcher of lemonade tinted green, festive cups and napkins, and a goodie bag for each child. You can fill it with whatever you'd like!

Some of the other things to do- Have the leprechaun leave a GREEN FOOTPRINT TRAIL to the pot...

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ST. PADDY DAY PARADE! Great for all ages!

You Need:
Poster board, paint sticks, cardboard tubes, paint, pattern
templates, heavy cardboard, gold glitter, glue, cans, and home-made musical instruments and noise makers

I work in a program that has kindergarten kids in the half-day when there is no class for them. We do this for the school--going around the halls and in and out of the rooms..... BUT.....This would also be fun for pre-school!

IIt has grown to our program leading a parade around the block and this is what we do...

The week prior to St. Patrick's Day, students begin making a variety of items to be used in the annual parade. They make very large shamrocks and paint them green; they attach these to paint sticks and long cardboard tubes. They also make large pots of gold and shamrocks out of heavy cardboard which they paint and decorate with glitter. (Many of the decorations are stored and can be used from year to year) Students decorate tin cans, washtubs, etc. (anything will do) to use as drums and instruments. (See the Home-made Instrument Category)

On St. Patrick's Day the entire school (dressed in green!) gathers. Signs, poster, instruments, hats, etc. are passed out and they hold the annual parade.
The students and the teachers love this event. The kids and teachers
walk around the block while the neighborhood and non-teaching building staff watch the parade. (It's advertised on the school marquee)

When weather is bad---the kids by lower and upper grades walk around the school. (Don't forget the Irish music!!!) Submitted by Casey/California)

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LEPRECHAUNS INVADE THE PROGRAM!
(For Pre-K to Grade 2)

Make mischief! For St. Paddy's week, when the children go outside to play, turn chairs and tables upside down.
Or, when children take naps--the leprechauns switch shoes around.
 
On St. Patrick's Day the leprechaun should write a note saying he's
sorry for the mischief he has caused. He'll also tell the children that he has left them a treasure and  has hidden a pot of gold for them to find.
Kids follow the clues around the center/school, until they find
the surprise.
(Take a black cauldron Halloween pot and fill with goodies!)
Submitted by teacher #1 in Ohio

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MAKE A LEPRECHAUN TRAP!

Begin your celebration by building a Leprechaun trap. I read of this a few years ago and it has become a "tradition" in our program ever since.

Round up supplies you decide to use...such as a shoe box, pipe cleaners, markers, glitter, construction paper, wrapping paper, tape, glue, egg cartons, etc. Kids will have fun designing the trap, making it, and the anticipation of the day it is used.
Can you design one with a trap door?

Because Leprechauns are smart and quick--you'll have to lure them in with something.
Maybe a piece of gold coin candy, a shamrock, clover or penny?
When I read the original idea--Lucky Charms cereal was mentioned as bait.
 
 
1. Leave your trap out the night before St. Patrick's Day and in the morning the kids will get a surprise!
2.The day before (when you leave work,) put little green foot prints and chocolate coins or treats in the "cage"! A nice touch could be a note saying that he (the Leprechaun) couldn't stay and needed to get back to the Rainbow)!
3. If you have a Before AND After School group---be sure to make two traps---one for the "morning" and one for the afternoon groups

Of course you'll never catch a leprechaun...but a really fun tradition!!!   Submitted by Cassie in Michigan

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GREEN BUBBLES IN SENSORY TABLE (Pre-K-K)

Have fun with green water!
Simply add a few drops of green food coloring to the water-table...
it only takes a few drops of color. Add child-safe bubbles as well!
Advise to wear cover-shirts but there is no staining of the skin,
table or towels.

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY SCIENCE


PLANT GREEN BEANS

 

Have each child plant their own green beans.
Start well in advance so the beans will start to come up before March 17!

♣ Beans are the color green and the children will love watching them grow. They are also a great way to introduce children to gardening and the connection between food and the earth.

 You need is  bean seed, small garden pot (3 inch across) some soil and water. You will also need a place  to put the pot where it will get 4-6 hours of sunlight. Fill the pot with soil; make a small hole using the little finger about 1/4 inche deep--put in the bean cover over, water. Place the pot in a sunny spot and watch it grow. Be sure the planter has drainage and be sure to place a saucer to catch the excess water.

 ♣ If children are younger--begin or end the activity with READING JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.

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Also see the three LEPRECHAUN GROWING GRASS ideas in the St. Patrick's Day Arts and Crafts section!

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 SONGS and POEMS FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY (Pre-K and K)

#1 Lucky Leprechaun to tune of Jingle Bells

Leprechaun, Leprechaun,
Oh, where can you be?
Come a little closer now,
Don't be afraid of me.
Leprechaun, Leprechaun,
You bring luck my way.
I'd really like to see you
On this St. Patrick's Day!

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St. Patrick's Day Song Tune to Mary Had a Little Lamb

I'm looking for a leprechaun,
Leprechaun, leprechaun.
I'm looking for a leprechaun.
Do you know where he's gone?

He wears a suit that's made of green,
Made of green, made of green.
He wears a suit that's made of green
Do you know where he's gone?

He lives by a rainbow and hides his gold,
Hides his gold, hides his gold.
He lives by a rainbow and hide his gold.
Do you know where he's gone?

If you see a leprechaun,
Leprechaun, leprechaun.
If you see a leprechaun,
Please tell me where he's gone!

Originally from Sue Goodman
Hillcrest School, Morristown, TN

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LITTLE LEPRECHAUN
To tune of  I'm a Little Teapot

I'm a little leprechaun
Dressed in green,
The tiniest man
That you have ever seen.
If you ever catch me, so it's told,
I'll give you my pot of gold.

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If You're Wearing Green Today
By Elizabeth McKinnon
(Sung to 'f You're Happy and You Know It)

If you're wearing green today, dance a jig.
If you're wearing green today, dance a jig.
If you're wearing green today,
Dance a jig, then smile and say,
Have a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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I'm a LIttle Leprchaun--Sung to I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a little Leprechaun short and green,
Here is my shamrock but I can't be seen,
When you pull my feather, hear me scream (everyone scream)
I'm a little Leprechaun, short and green.

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FIVE GREEN SMAMROCKS

1 green shamrock, in the morning dew,
Another one sprouted, and then there were two.

2 green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree;
Another one sprouted and then there were three.

3 green shamrocks, by the cottage door;
Another one sprouted, and then there were four.

4 green shamrocks, near a beehive
Another one sprouted, and then there were five.

5 little shamrocks, bright and emerald green,
Think of all the luck these shamrocks will bring.

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 Complete Menu for 'St. Patty Day' Activities

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St. Patrick's Day Arts & Crafts

February 26, 2010 01:42 by Barbara Shelby

Updated january 2013

PAPER PLATE SHAMROCKS
Materials: 3 paper plates, Green Crayons or paint, Green Construction paper, glue, scissors

1. Color or paint all three paper plates green.
2. Cut a stem from green construction paper.
3. Glue the three paper plates together in a triangle type shape.
4. glue the stem at the bottom.

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HAND HELD RAINBOW
Materials:
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple crepe paper streamers
Paper plates
Scissors
Stapler

1. Cut the center out of a paper plate.
2. Cut long pieces of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple crepe paper streamers. Each streamer should be about two to three feet long.
3. Staple a rainbow of streamers onto the paper plate. You now have a Rainbow Streamer to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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SHAMROCK GREEN PEPPER PRINTS
Materials: Green Pepper, Paper, Green Paint
 
1.Cut the pepper in half. Remove all the seeds.
2. Children dip the cross section pieces of the green pepper into green paint and use it to create shamrock prints on paper

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IRELAND AND POTATOES...

1. Talk abut Ireland and the importance of the potato.
2. Cut some potatoes in half and carve out coin shapes, shamrocks, and a kettle.
3. The children can use these "stamps" to make colorful prints.

Tip: Make a bulletin board border by having kids stamp sheets of long paper...

SHAMROCK POTATO PRINTS IDEA #2
Paper
Paint
Paring knife and or plastic knifes-- (Depending on the ages of the children, adults may have to use the knives to create the potato "printers")

1. Cut the ends from the potato.
2. On the cut end of the potato---draw the outline of a shamrock. The potato AROUND the drawing on the potato is removed so that only the shamrock remains raised on the surface.
3. Use the potato like a stamp dipped in paint -- to decorate paper or create prints cards for St. Patrick's Day.
(This is using two St. Paddy Day things; potatoes and shamrock shape!)


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POTATO PLAY DOUGH
Potatoes are commonly associated with Ireland.
Making homemade play dough out of mashed potatoes connects the Irish theme to a creative activity.

Mix mashed potatoes with flour to create a workable consistency. A good ratio for the dough is three-parts flour to four-parts potatoes. Another option is to use instant mashed potato flakes. Make them according to the directions but use less water so they have a stiffer consistency.
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NOISEMAKER FOR DRIVING OUT THE SNAKES

1. Place some pebbles, dry beans or gravel-inside of a small milk carton - secure it shut with a glue gun.
2. Cover the carton with construction paper that is glued and fitted to it.
3. Force a craft stick into the bottom of the carton and hot-glue it in place.
4. Decorate the milk carton with yarn, markers and streamers of crepe paper.
(For younger children you may need to cover the cartons--- and then have them decorate it)

WANT TO MAKE SOME SNAKES TO GO WITH THE NOISEMAKER? (This is from the Recycled Materials Craft category)

 

MAKE A SNAKE
Materials:
Paper towel tubes, paint, google eyes, decorations of choice

•Cut the paper towel roll into six sections of similar width.

•Paint the sections- decorating with glitter glu, and other details as desired.
•Once the paint is dry, apply googly eyes and glue a red felt forked tongue to the 'head' tube section.
•Loop yarn around last section and tie
•Thread the yarn through the rest of the section, leaving it loose at the head as a leash to pull the snake.
Idea/Photo is from
FreePreschoolCrafts by Devanie Angel

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GREEN COLLAGE

1. Cut out shamrock shapes
2. PUT a box of green collage materials such as yarn, fabric, ribbon, buttons, glitter, pom poms, etc.
3. Add green coloring to glue and have kids decorate to make a St. Patrick's Day collage.

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ST. PADDY DAY POM-POM PIN
Materials:
green pom-pom's, green paper or craft foam sheet, green pipe cleaner, pin back and either hot glue or craft glue

1. Cut a circle from the green paper; make sure it's large enough to hold all three pom-poms in a "Shamrock shape cluster".
2. Glue the pom-poms to the paper, to form a cluster.
3. Next cut the green pipe cleaner into thirds. (Each pin will use 1/3 of a pipe cleaner.)
4. Push the pipe cleaner through the paper or craft foam (this is done at the bottom of the pom-pom shamrock cluster)
5. Twist the pipe cleaner to make it look like shamrock stem--The twisted shape will look like an upside down "V" at the bottom of the shamrock...
6. Attach the pin to the back of the shamrock.

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LEPRECHAUNS WITH HAIR #1

1. Cut the bottom off of a potato so it will stand/sit straight.
2. Cut the top of the potato off and hollow it out about one inch deep.
3. Have the children paint the potatoes green and decorate them making a face -- use beads, pipe cleaners, other paint colors, etc.
4. Finish by filling the hollowed out top of the potato with soil and grass seeds.
5. Water them and give lots of sun.
As below...Do this a couple weeks before St. Paddy's Day with the anticipation of the leprechaun's growing green hair!

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LEPRECHAUN WITH HAIR #2
Have each child plant grass seed in a clear plastic cup. They can also draw a face with permanent marker or on a small round piece of paper and glue to the front of the planter. Do this a couple weeks before St. . Paddy's...with the anticipation of the leprechaun's growing green hair!

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LIVING LEPRECHAUNS #3
Materials: Styrofoam cups, markers, paper, cotton balls, dirt, grass seeds
 
1. Give each child a Styrofoam cup.
2. Have children draw or paste precut facial features on the cup. You can use cotton balls for beard.
3. After the glue dries, fill the cup with dirt; plant grass or alfalfa seeds. Each Leprechaun should have a green head of hair soon!!

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#1 HAND-SHAPED RAINBOW

(Display Board group project)

 

1. Using colored construction paper of yellow, orange, red, blue, green and purple trace THE CHILDREN'S HANDS. Make about 10 hand prints of each of the colors of the rainbow.
2. Put the children's names on the hand-prints; form the hands into a large, curved rainbow shape. (All the reds in one curved arch of the rainbow...all the yellows to form a curve, etc.
Nice on wall or bulletin board. From Cassie/Michigan...

#2 DISPLAY BOARD PROJECT (Make a huge hand print rainbow using different colored finger-paint and white butcher paper as the background.)
 
1. Have kids dip their hands in one color and print a few along one row.
2. Have other children do another row,(with colors of the rainbow) until you've made a huge rainbow.
Add a pot of gold at the end...
 
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MAKE THE ABOVE AN ON-GOING MURAL!
After March 17th...Consider removing anything St. Paddy Day. Keep the rainbow up for springtime---rainbows make people smile---so just keep adding "spring-time" things to it! (Barb)

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FROOT-LOOP AND SHAMROCK NECKLACE (For younger children)

Using a rainbow picture as an example, have children follow the pattern using fruit loops and string to make necklaces. Put a foam or felt shamrock in the center ...

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PAPER SHAMROCK PLANT

Give each child a ball of model magic to press into the bottom of a Styrofoam cup. Decorate a pre-cut paper shamrock (Or a few) with glitter, etc. Tape a pipe cleaner to the back of the shamrock shapes. Put the pipe cleaner into the "pot". The model magic will dry quickly around the pipe cleaner and hold up the planted shamrocks!

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SMOOTH AS GLASS SHAMROCK

1. Make a few templates of shamrocks for the kid to trace; Cut them out and have kids trace the template on tag board. Cut them out.
2. Next take light karo syrup and pour a small amount in the center of the shamrock; add a few drops of green food coloring.
3. Have  kids mix/combine the syrup and food coloring until the two have blended.
4. Let dry and admire the finish!

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY DRY BREAD MOBILE

1. Leave white bread out until it is hard. (It'll take a couple days)
2. When hard--use shamrock shaped cookie cutters and cut into shamrocks---Put a hole in each bread shamrock to insert yarn, ribbon or fish line
3. Paint them green and when dry hang them --or put together and hang at different lengths from a mobile hanger.

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MAKE A LEPRECHAUN FACE SAND ART JAR

Materials for one project
Glass baby food jar
Green pom pom
Green construction paper - formed in cone shape for hat and also ears cut into points
Googlie eyes
St. Paddy Day colors of green, white, orange and yellow sand Curling ribbon (green and white) or a feather to decorate the top of the hat and orange yarn for hair

1. Fill baby jar with layers of the colored sand.
2. Glue on eyes, pom pom for nose, ears and hair.
3. Put top on jar and close tightly.
4. Put cone shaped hat on with streamers coming out of the top. Cute!!!

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SHAMROCK NECKLACES (For young kids)
Materials:
Green and white construction paper
Scissors
Hole punch
Ribbon or yarn for stringing
1. Cut several sizes of shamrocks from green and white construction paper. Punch a hole in the top of each shamrock.
2. Give children a a length of a ribbon or yarn with masking tape wrapped on each end; show them how to string the shamrocks, alternating colors, to make a Saint Patrick's Day necklace.

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MARBLE PAINTING SHAMROCKS

1. Cut out a large clover shape on white construction paper. Place it in an pan, shallow box or deep box lid.
2. Put several spots of paint in each corner about the size of a half dollar. Dark green, light green, gold and yellow all work ...alone or together.
3. Put a marble in the center of the Shamrock and have the children tilt the pan so the marble goes through the paint spots and across the paper. A golf ball also works well.
4. If you want, sprinkle with gold powder when complete.

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A BLARNEY STONE

Supply or have children bring in a rock before St. Patrick's Day. Look for rocks that are the size of a slice of a bread.
1. Paint the rocks green and adds glitter with a lot on the top! This is the Blarney Stone.
 
When the rocks go home--put each one into a large zip lock bag with the child's name on it... (so the glitter doesn't get in book bags)
These can be used as paper weights, door stops, etc.

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BLARNEY STONE #2
(If you kiss the Blarney Stone, it is supposed to give you the gift of eloquence.)
Materials: A smooth, clean river rock, green paint, brush, markers, glue, decorating items such as-- plastic jewels, glitter, sequins, google eyes, yarn, etc.

1. Take a dry and clean rock...and paint it green.
2. When the paint and glue are dry, add details of a face such as eyebrows, hair, etc.
3. When all is set...finish decorating rock using glitter, sequins, beads, etc.
When complete...you have a small Blarney Stone to help celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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MAKE LEPRECHAUNS BY TRACING CHILDREN'S BODIES

Before tracing, pose each child on the paper as if dancing a jig. Add a leprechaun hat to each child's shape. Use colors of green and black to decorate the shapes. Cut out--and hang about the room next to each other. A room full of dancing leprechauns!

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TWO EASY CRAFTS
 
MAGIC LEPRECHAUN SUN GLASSES

Take green tagboard and cut it into shamrock shaped glasses. Put green cellophane to cover the eye openings.

LEPRECHAUN BINOCULARS
Take 2 toilet paper rolls and staple them together. Paint them green. If you have a parade--use them to look for leprechauns--if no parade---look anyway!!

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PAPER SHAMROCKS MADE FROM COFFEE FILTERS

1. Precut shamrock shape out of coffee filters.
2. Mix water and yellow food coloring and place mixture in a baby food jar. Do the same with blue.

Have the children use eyedroppers to drip colors on the filter shape. The colors will run together and make beautiful shamrocks.
Submitted by Jenny in Michigan

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SHINING SHAMROCKS

1. Cut Shamrock shapes out of tag board or heavy construction paper.
2. Paint them green and sprinkle salt on them while still wet.
The salt will make the shamrocks shine and sparkle when they dry.

You could make really nice St. Patrick's Day mobiles--with them or hang from ceiling or in windows.

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SHAMROCK PEOPLE

Materials: Green Construction Paper, Glue, Markers or Crayons
Tip: My favorite way in working with any craft that incorporates shapes is to make templates for the kids to trace and cut.

1. Make templates of shamrocks for the children to trace--or PRE-MAKE shamrocks for the younger. With older children, have them draw and cut-out their own shamrocks.
2. With the green construction paper, create the shamrock shapes. 3. Draw FACES on the LARGE shamrocks.
4. ADD accordion-folded arms and legs (either from white paper or the green construction) ...
5. Cut smaller shamrocks for the hands and feet and glue them to the ends of accordion arms and legs.
 
These could be nice to hang from the ceiling, on the bulletin board for decorations--or glue to a straw or large tongue depressor stick for a puppet.

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LEPRECHAUN LADDER

Materials: Yarn, Straws, Green Construction paper, Scissors.

Directions:
Cut about ten 3 inch wide Shamrocks out for each child. Cut Straws into 2 inch pieces.

String the Straws and the shamrocks. One Straw, One Shamrock, One Straw, One Shamrock, One Straw, One Shamrock, etc....
Tip: A good Idea is to put tape on one end of the string so it does not come apart while stringing. Tape the second end to the table so the objects don't come off the other side.

When it is done tie a knot in the yarn on both side.
HANG IT FROM THE CEILING. You can make them as long or short as you wish.

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LUCKY LEPRECAUN HATS

Materials: Paper bowls, green paint, paintbrush, hole punch, ribbon
Optional - gold glitter

Directions: Have children paint the backside of a paper bowl with the green paint. When bowls are dry, punch one hole on each side of the rim of the bowl. Lace ribbon through the hole so you can tie the hat on. Great for a St. Patty's party.
(OPTIONAL) While paint in wet on the hats, sprinkle gold glitter on them

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RICE SHAMROCKS
Materials: Oak-tag or heavy white paper, rice, green food coloring, brushes, glue, glue containers, paper towels or pie tins, shamrock patterns.

Directions: Prepare rice a day ahead of project. Place rice in a small amount of water to which green food coloring has been added. Let it soak until desired shade of green had been reached. Drain off the water and let rice dry on paper towels or in pie tins overnight.

Make shamrock shape templates.
1. Trace and cut out the shamrock shapes.
2. Have the children brush diluted glue on their shamrocks and sprinkle green rice over the glue. (A drop or two of alcohol in a few drops food coloring will darkly color any kind of pasta: macaroni, etc. (See dying pasta recipe in the "Paint Recipe Thread".)

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IRISH FLAG


Materials: Paper and glue...

 

1. To make the flag--use a full sheet of white construction paper, have children glue 3 pieces of paper that have been cut to fit the white paper.
2. Starting from the left side of the white paper--in vertical stripes glue on 1/3 of green construction paper, 1/3 of white paper & 1/3 of orange paper.

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SHAMROCK CRAYON RUBBING
Materials: cardboard, pencil, glue, paper, crayons

1. Draw shamrocks on cardboard or mat board.
2. With bottled glue, thickly outline the shapes of the shamrocks. Let the glue dry.
3. When dry, take a sheet of paper and lay it on top of the shamrocks.
4. Peel the crayon's paper. Turning the crayon side-ways, rub the shamrock shape.
Magic -- the kids have a shamrock!

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POT OF GOLD

Materials:
Small terracotta pots
Gold acrylic paint-
Gold wire ribbon or pipe cleaner
Hot glue gun
Green "Easter grass" and Gold foil wrapped chocolate coins

1. Using a paint brush or sponge, paint the inside and outside
of the pot with the gold paint.
2. After the paint is completely dry, cut a strip of gold wire ribbon or pipe cleaner--long enough to make a handle.
3. Attach each end of the ribbon/pipe cleaner to the top sides of the gold pot with the hot glue gun. Fill with green grass and gold coins.
4. Children can add rainbows, shamrocks, etc., to the outside of the pot with paint pens.
Idea of Sam from Amazingsmoms.com

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY MAGIC WAND for younger children
Materials:
Green construction paper
3-inch diameter cardboard circle or plastic lid
Drinking straw
Scissors
Glue
Glitter
Pencil

1. Draw 3 circles on the green construction paper by tracing around the lid or cardboard circle.
2. Cut out the circles.
3. Glue together a section of the circles' edges to form a clover shape. Dab glue onto the shamrock and sprinkle on glitter.
4. Glue the straw onto the back of the middle circle to form a handle. Let the glue dry.

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MAKE ST. PADDY FINGER PAINT!


#1 GREEN PISTACHIO FINGER PAINT 
You can use green pistachio instant pudding to fingerprint on a large piece of paper. When it is dry, you can cut it out in the shape of a large shamrock and glue a colored picture of a leprechaun in the middle.
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#2 REGULAR FINGER PAINT WITH GRITS!
Mix green finger paint with grits and give it some texture... Then cover a shamrock shape......
The kids notice the difference in texture and like the feel of the paint with the grits added.

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LEPRECHAUN MUSHROOM (A messy but fun painting project)

You'll need:
1/4 sheet of blue construction paper
1/4 potato
1/2 straw
A building block (Lego)
Several small paper circles
red, white and green tempera paints
glitter and glue

1. To print the top of the mushroom, dip the flat end of the potato in red paint and press on the paper.
2. Next -print a white stalk under the mushroom using the building block.
3. Print green grass around the bottom of the mushroom using the side of the straw. Allow to dry.
4. Glue on the white paper circles to make spots on the mushroom. 5. Spread glue around the mushroom cap and sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry.


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Using face paint...CELEBRATE ST. PATTY'S DAY by painting a shamrock or rainbow on the cheeks of the children! :-)

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  Complete Menu for St. Patty Day Activities...

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