May the luck of the Irish be with you today! It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means it is our day to either pretend we are Irish or pretend we are MORE Irish than we actually are… In other words, it’s Green Day! There are a number of easy and fun ways that you can celebrate the day with your children, do don’t panic if you’ve forgotten to plan ahead. Just toss on something green and read on.
Rainbows and the colour green are the theme of the day, so start by making a rainbow that you can wear. Cut narrow strips of paper in every colour of the rainbow (or use white paper and colour it yourself). Have a little fun with colour order and patterning as you make a paper chain necklace with your strips. Finish your chain by making a pot of gold or a shamrock as a pendant. Kids not into wearing necklaces? Use the chain to decorate something: their dinner chair, the window, the bathroom mirror or the fireplace mantle.
McDonald’s has made this a classic treat during March, but if you don’t want to go to McD’s you can easily make your own at home. Add the following to your blender:
3 cups of vanilla ice cream
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
green food colouring
whipped cream for topping, optional
For a skinny version, try mixing up this in your blender:
1 cup of vanilla froyo
1/4 cup low fat cool whip
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp stevia or sugar substitute
4 ice cubes
And for a healthy version of the Shamrock Shake, try this in your blender:
1/2 tsp dried mint leaves
1 1/2 cups ice
1 cup cold water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 packet truvia
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup raw spinach
Whichever way you mix it up, share some with the kids and ENJOY!
For a simple painting activity with your little ones, cut the bottom off of a pepper, dip it in green paint and use it as a paint stamp – voila! A shamrock. All you have to do now is add the stem.
GREEN IT UP
Just about any cooking or baking activity can be ‘St Patricked’ by adding mint extract and/or green food colouring.
Chocolate Chip Cookies: add food colouring if you’re using a mix, add mint extract in place of vanilla if you’re making your own.
Sugar Cookies: either tint green or decorate with green royal icing and sprinkles.
Pancakes: make their breakfast (or lunch or dinner, we won’t judge) special by tinting pancakes with green colouring.
Bread/Pizza: if you have a bread maker or the time to make your own bread, tint a loaf of bread green or your pizza dough!
Green Ice: tint water green before filling your ice tray. Serve them their water with green ice cubes.
Rice Krispie Squares: tint the marshmallows after melting.
Green Pasta: either add a few drops of green fools colouring to the pot when boiling pasta or use a green sauce, like avocado, pesto or spinach-based.
Green Smoothies: if you want a truly green spinach, don’t add berries or anything dark coloured! Instead, opt for mango, apple, banana, and avocado in whichever combination you prefer. Add a handful of spinach, and then your favourite ingredients like coconut milk, Greek yogurt, and ice. Blend it up until smooth for a healthy and tasty snack.