Saint Patrick’s Day Traditions & Treats

I’m not Irish and I really don’t like corned beef and cabbage, but who doesn’t love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? My kids think that the idea of a little green leprechaun coming into their classroom or bedroom at night is about as good as a visit from the Easter Bunny – so I indulge them! It’s so much fun, because the pressure is nothing compared to the weeks of anticipation and those crazy expectations brought on by Santa Claus! Your leprechaun can produce a little magic ~ like leaving chocolate coins or treats in their shoes and festive green snacks in their lunch boxes. If you’re a true overachiever, you can get fancy and help your kids set a trap to catch the little bugger or bake up some fancy St. Patty’s Day fun! For all you preschool moms….FYI…every kindergarten classroom all over the Country gets a visit from the leprechaun, so traps will be set (and you will be making them at home), so you may want to read on…..

Just a little mischief………

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If you’re trying to nab him…..

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Supplies:

Container or Shoe Box

(even better ~an old shoe, since Leprechauns are known shoemakers)

Gold Coins

Rainbows

A little creativity or a good Google search

I found the pattern for our leprechaun trap at  family fun and then added some additional details. See the specific supplies needed below:

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If you’re clever and you catch one, he must grant you three wishes before he can be released!        

(a great dinner topic for the kiddos)

Green Goodies…..

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I made these totally on a whim with a simple box of sugar cookie mix and a few drops of green food coloring!

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I really wish I had made these, but I just don’t have the will power to have them in my kitchen!

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Looking for some healthier green food choices? Check out Jolly Tomato for green frosting and green rainbow chard cake!! After dropping some spinach into my girl’s smoothies this afternoon (without their knowledge) and watching them drink it down with a smile…I’m a believer!

Have any great St. Patty’s Day traditions you’d like to share? Great recipe ideas, please leave us a comment and tell us all about it!

melissa Saint Patricks Day Traditions & Treats