St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17 and it provides a wonderful opportunity to teach your kids about another culture. We have a few tips on how to celebrate in fun and educational ways.
- Check out a book. You can help your kids understand who St. Patrick really was and how the holiday originated by reading “Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland.” For some fun reading, check out “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!” and “The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever.”
- Do an Irish jig. Discover Irish music and have fun learning and dancing!
- Have some fun with green. Try adding green food coloring to scrambled eggs (green eggs and ham!), or make green jello. For a fun sweet, try mint chocolate chip ice cream. And of course, don’t forget to wear green!
- Eat like a native. Cook up some corned beef and cabbage to celebrate the big day.
- Explore the Irish heritage by studying the colors of the Irish flag or a map of Ireland with your little learners.
- Make St. Patrick’s Day rings. Glue small green pom-poms onto green or gold chenille stems to make rings or bracelets. Beads and pipe cleaners are also a great way for your little ones to make bracelets.
- Search for clovers or shamrocks. Look in your garden or a grass patch for shamrocks or 4-leaf clovers.
- Take a color walk. Take a nature stroll and point out things that are green, gold, and all the colors of the rainbow.
- Check out a parade. Parades are a festive event that can be fun for the whole family to check out and get in the spirit.