St. Patrick's Day Mischief

Coming up with fun activities for your kids feels like a real challenge. Pinterest is a fantastic source of inspiration, but sometimes, a quick look around yields mostly projects that look like more trouble than they're worth.

A little bit of creativity and a little bit of crafty talent, however, can go a long way toward putting a smile on your kids' faces and giving them something to look forward to--particularly on a holiday. With St. Patrick's Day approaching, there are a few things that you can do to put a smile on your kids' faces all day long.

Let them wake up to evidence of a leprechaun visitor. Using washable green paint, paint the side of your hand, then use it to make a little green footprint on each side of the toilet. Add "toes" by dipping your finger in the paint and putting dots in the appropriate spots. If your kids are awake enough to notice first thing in the morning, add a little bit of green food coloring to the bowl.

Find a rainbow or two! Making a rainbow fruit tray isn't too much of an artistic challenge. It's a little bit more time-consuming to make a rainbow cake, but a white cake mix, several shades of food coloring, and several bowls for mixing the colored batter go a long way.

Don't forget the pot of gold. This is the easiest time of year to find gold foil-covered chocolate coins in stores. It might be harder to find a pot, but a cauldron left over from Halloween will work just fine in a pinch! This can be left sitting on the table for breakfast or, for a bigger challenge, send your kids on a scavenger hunt after that crafty leprechaun. You can leave clues behind (perhaps the leprechaun needs to remind himself of where it's hidden?), or you can tie a piece of yarn to one end and weave a trail through the house that the kids have to follow.

Serve traditional Irish fare for dinner. Your kids might enjoy helping you make Irish soda bread. Beef stew is a classic; or, take advantage of a chance to cook up some lamb. Potatoes are a traditional "Irish" dish no matter how you cook them; and for dessert, you have a choice between an Irish treat and one that's been tinted green. Leprechaun punch is always a hit: stir together lemon-lime soda and pineapple juice, mix in a few drops of green food coloring, and add a scoop of lime sherbet to the top.

It doesn't take much to delight your kids--just a little bit of creativity and a spirit of fun. Holidays are a great opportunity for getting a little bit silly. Want to invite others to join you in your St. Patrick's Day fun? Contact us for your stationery and invitation needs.

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