Thirteen Ideas For A Lucky St. Patrick’s Day

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What a fun holiday – all green and lucky and leaping with leprechauns – I love it!

Here are some ideas for having fun at your house.

1. Make a shamrock or rainbow mobile to hang in your window – includes printable leprechaun and shamrock patterns you could use for other projects

 2. Come see a collection of leprechaun traps made by Mrs. Nase’ first grade class. You can also read stories the children wrote about catching their leprechauns.

 3. Mrs. Nase has another super idea – the children put faces on milk cartons to make happy leprechaun heads, then planted grass seed inside the cartons to grow leprechaun hair. Very Cool!

 4. This is my favorite on this week’s list –

The Leprechaun Cam!  The leprechaun Irish fairy watch camera is in a hidden location in a field overlooking a fairy ring in Tipperary, Ireland. In a dip in the Glen of Cloongallon, Ballyseanrath lies the fairy ring itself. It and its fairy inhabitants are shielded by trees ranged around the perimeter, mainly chestnut, with one magnificent oak over 600 years old. Over the years it provided leprechauns with acorns for their pipes and other Irish fairies with shelter. The tree is protected by an Irish fairy known as a skeaghshee or tree spirit. The camera is concealed in a cavity in its trunk, and a branch supports an antenna! There is a clickable form to use to report your sighting . You can also click here to read other sightings reported.
  5. Don’t forget to leave some treats out for the wee gentlemen. I hear this is their favorite recipe.

6. A couple of pages of shamrock stationery for the kids to print and write their own leprechaun stories on. Page one and Page two

7. Fun, online St. Patrick’s games to play

8. How about making an origami shamrock or lucky four leaf clover?

9. Here’s a very easy leprechaun hat with ears so the kids (and you!) can dress for the day.

10. This one requires a bit more skill and understanding of the concept – probably best for older kids, around 8 and up  The Magic Box

11. Make a loaf of Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients :
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling on top
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon caraway seed
1 egg
approximately 1/2 cup buttermilk (or soured milk or unflavored yogurt)
Preparation : Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Cut in butter, then add raisins and caraway seed. Break egg into a measuring cup and add enough buttermilk to equal 3/4 cup. Add the egg mixture to the flour. Mix until blended and knead dough. Shape into one large or two small rounds. Make a cross on top with a knife and drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake in a greased iron skillet, or on a greased cookie sheet, until golden(approximately 30 minutes).

12. Here’s a leprechaun paper doll13. And from the Crayola Crayon people, a very nice collection of


Have a splendidly lucky St. Patrick’s Day, every one!

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