gold_coinsThree St Patrick’s Day Ideas for Kids

By Beth Engelman

Bring about good luck and cheer with these easy and festive ideas!

Go on a Scavenger Hunt for Gold

Directions: Cover a coffee can with black construction paper and write Pot of Gold on the front with metallic marker. Fill the pot with gold-foiled chocolate coins (available at any crafts store) and hide in a secret location.

To Create the Scavenger Hunt:

• Decide on 5 places you want your kids to search, for example: the bathroom mirror, under the bed, on top of the washing machine, etc. The 6th clue should be where the pot of gold is hidden.
• Write each clue backwards on a note card and number each card, 1-6.
• Give your kids clue #1 along with a hand mirror, or tell them to put the clue up in front of the mirror in order to decode the secret message. Clue #1 will tell the children where to look for clue #2. For example, if the second clue is hidden on top of the dishwasher, the first clue should say (in backwards writing)…Look on top of the dishwasher. The clue that is sitting on top of the dishwasher should lead the children to the next clue until all the clues are found and the pot of “gold” is located. Writing the clues backwards adds a magical element as well as a little bit of learning which is always a plus.

Go Green: Decorate your front yard with green snow!

If you live in an area with snow, this cool craft is for you.

Directions: Fill spray bottles with green food coloring and water. Go outside and spray the snow green (be careful not to get it on your clothes as it can sometimes stain). You can decorate your entire front year with green snow and best of all, it costs pennies!

Shamrock Crayons

Directions: Gather old green crayons (any or all shades). Peel paper wrappers and break into ¼ inch pieces. Place inside silicon shamrock molds. Place in a oven at 150 degrees. “bake” for about 15-20 minutes until the wax is completely melted. Allow to cool, then pop out of the molds and enjoy.

For additional ideas check out the following pages:

Rainbow Cupcakes (Via Spoonful.com)

To Catch a Leprechaun (Via Spoonful.com)