St. Patrick’s Day Fun 2012

(I know this is too late for me to share these ideas for THIS year, but just think of it for extremely early preparation for next year’s celebration of the Irish!)

The fun (and overwhelmingness) of being in the blogging world is the VAST amount of wonderful ways to celebrate and play.  This seems doubly so for holidays!  Here are some of the ways we prepared for and enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day this year. As I mentioned before, Henry has an amazing Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Walch.  (We are SO lucky!!!)  A good deal of our St. Patrick’s Day fun was “instigated” by her! One project she had the kids do she have them grow GREEN hair for some leprechauns they colored.  The paper the kids had colored was wrapped and glued on a washed out small milk carton.  The kids then filled the carton 3/4s of the way full with dirt, sprinkled on the magic hair grow seeds (aka grass seed), and then put another light sprinkle of dirt over the seeds.  The class was pretty split on whether or not this magic hair would really grow …

… but it did!  And sure looked cute!!!

 An important tip Mrs. Walch gave the class was that you should try NEVER say  “l-e-p-r-e-c-h-a-u-n” during March because this lets on to “those magical green creatures” that you are trying to trap them.  When I visited the class on Wednesday to help out if was fun to hear & see the kids be so mindful of this and correct each other … and, more often, the adults messing up!

Mrs. Walch also gave a family homework assignment for the kids to each make a leprechaun trap!  We just had to make sure that the trap included a simple machine, such as a lever, pulley, or wedge.  Henry and I did some “research” on Pinterest, but he and his dad came up with the design.  Here’s a glimpse of our process …

Henry started by painting a cardboard box green.  The next day Henry & Dad got busy hot gluing craft sticks and toothpicks to create a lever system.  And I helped by making a small ladder out of pipe cleaners.  We used a pot of gold (both the “pot” and the “gold” can be purchased at Oriental Trading Company), shiny gold star confetti, and Lucky Charm cereal to hopefully lure the leprechaun to the trap.  Once the leprechaun tries to take the pot of gold coins the lever will move and a green cup will come down to trap him. (we’ll have to keep you updated because the traps stayed at school over the weekend to see if they could catch any … just imagine one classroom with about 50 of these from both the am and pm class!)

We also had some fun at home on St. Patrick’s Day.  Upon our return from Basketball Saturday morning, the kids found a message on the door … the start of a St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt!!! I got this GREAT idea from Jesse Kate Designs (she has printables of the clues).  Because I was doing this last minute I had to handwrite them, but I only made some minor changes.  Here are all the clues … The photo cut off the last line of the last clue … it read, “You’ll find your treasure under your …”  When they got to this last clue, both kids went racing to their bedrooms to find … A pot of gold (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups), a pot of green (m&m’s), and some GOLDen Oreo cookies!! YUM! To help wash down the yummy treasure I surprised the kids with some GREEN milk! Made from … milk and yellow and blue food coloring (I was out of green, but heck it added a color mixing lesson in!). We also had fun playing in our St. Patrick’s water bead sensory tray!  I just used green water beads, one of those small pots, and the gold coins.  My daughter (almost 3) REALLY enjoyed this for the whole week!  (more posts on water beads coming soon!) After dinner (I didn’t even bother with the corned beef and cabbage because I knew no one would eat it at my house!), I snuck in 2 more activities.  The first one was a timed scavenger hunt for GREEN things …I gave Henry 5 minutes to find as many things as he could that were green!  I got this idea from Parents Connect.

We then tried out a little science experiment to see if we could turn WHITE carnations GREEN

It took overnight, but …

(thanks to the Mom to 2 Posh ‘Lil Divas for this great idea!)

What did you do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day???

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Susan Case

    What a wonderful post! I’m Irish (Dulin is maiden name) so this was especially enjoyable for me to see others celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Great ideas!

  2. Robyn Leach

    Where can I get the leprechaun hair printout ?

  3. Laura

    Robyn, I’ll ask the teacher and see if I can hunt it down for you!!!

  4. rachael

    Were u able to get this leprechaun pattern from the teacher? I’d love a copy for my girl scout troup.

  5. Denae

    I would also like to know where I can find the leprechaun hair printout? Thanks!

  6. Megan F

    I too would like the printout for the leprechaun!! We start plants tomorrow so it would align perfectly with St. Party’s Day 🙂

  7. Laura

    I was able to track it down. I will try to scan it and email it to those of you who are interested!

  8. Myra

    I would love a copy of the leprechaun too!! Thanks great ideas!

  9. Ashley Boonen

    I would like a copy of the leprechaun too! THANKS!

  10. Laura

    I just sent out an email to all above who requested the print out! Enjoy!

  11. Marsha Petry

    I, too, would appreciate a copy of the leprechaun print. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  12. Danielle

    Could you please forward me the leprechaun sheet? These are super cute! I’d like to make them with my son’s Tiger Cub pack.

  13. Sarah Waltz

    Please send a copy of the leprechaun sheet that goes around the milk carton.
    Cute idea!
    -Second Grade Teacher

  14. Jo Gratton

    Love, love the leprechaun hair on the milk carton.Would love a copy if possible.
    thanks for the great ideas

  15. Karen Freidenberger

    Love the leprechaun hair idea! I would appreciate a copy to use in my classroom. Thanks!

  16. Kim hathaway

    Hi there, I love the leprechaun hair project as well and would really appreciate a copy of the template. What a great idea. Thanks so much.

  17. Alma Tacderan

    Hi! Could I also get a copy of the leprechaun sheet for today? 🙂

  18. Babie Dragonfly

    I also would love to have the leprechaun pattern.

    Thank you so much!

  19. Laura

    I hope you ALL have a great time with the leprechaun project! I’d love to see photos of how they turn out. Feel free to email them to me … or post on my Facebook page!

  20. Missy

    I need a copy of the leprechaun milk carton pattern. Thanks!

  21. Katie

    I would love the leprechaun pattern…they are adorable and my 2 kids would get a kick out of it! Thanks so much in advance!

  22. Jean Ahlenius

    I would love the leprechaun pattern to do with the kids, thanks~

  23. Dana

    Can I also have the print out of the Leprachon Hair I am a daisy leader and class mom and would love to do this with the kids.

  24. Ashleigh

    Could I get the leprechaun hair printout as well?

  25. Dianna

    I love the growing hair idea & would love to have a copy of the leprechaun for it. I’m a preschool teacher& this would be a great activity. Many thanks in advance 🙂

  26. Sheri

    I would much appreciate a copy of the growing hair printable for preschool. Such fun! Thanks in advance!

  27. Cindy Yaeger

    Just wondering if I could get a copy of the leprechaun hair also. That is adorable!

  28. Beth

    Can I get the leprechaun hair print out please!

  29. Sue

    May I please get a copy of the leprechaun hair print out? Thank you!

  30. Lisa

    I would love a copy of the leprechaun hair print out as well. Thanks for all the great ideas. My kids are going to love it.

  31. Nina Sanger

    I’d love to have the Leprechaun hair print out as well, the children in my day care would LOVE that craft!! thx!

  32. Nina Sanger

    I love your site!!! I’m passionate about PLAY and I run a play-based program in my day care…you will be my newest resource!! Thanks for all your great ideas!!

  33. michelle

    Could you please send me the leprechaun printable?

  34. Laura Hutchison

    For those of you who have recently requested the leprechaun printable … I can’t seem to find it! I’m searching for it and as soon as I find it I will email you a copy! Sorry!

  35. Kim B.

    Hi Laura,
    Hoping to get my hands on the leprechaun sheet as well – having a ST Patty’s themed event tomorrow with 35 kids and this looks great! Thanks!

  36. Adela

    Hi Laura,Would love to have a cope of your leprechaun hair print out.My kids could really like him.Thanks

  37. Sara

    is there somewhere to get a printable of the leprechaun for the milk cartons/growing grass? I think my kids in my preschool YMCA class would love that!

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