The end of the rainbow is getting closer and closer, St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Various holidays are the biggest opportunities for parents to share a special day with their kids while also teaching them a few valuable lessons. So, take this St. Patrick's Day to share a lesson and have a little fun.
Explain St. Patrick
While no one knows much about the man that started the day, parents can explain the little that is known about St. Patrick. Parents should teach their kids about the man named Patrick, who, due to his Catholic faith and missions in Ireland, gained the title of “Saint.” Because of the lush green landscapes of Ireland, green has become the symbolic color of St. Patrick's Day. Food and drink native to Ireland have also made their way into holiday traditions and it all started with one man's religious mission.
Introduce the Green
Make the holiday fun for the kids by introducing the tradition of wearing green. Make sure they know they will receive lots of tickles without anything green on their body. Parents can purchase special St. Patrick's Day outfits, completed with bright green accessories, such as a green hook and loop toddler belt. Parents should also keep the spirit alive and dress up in green right next to them. After sporting the best in green attire, take the kids out to search for the individuals who chose not to wear green and pass out some tickles!
Search for Luck
Parents can make a special holiday activity for their kids involving the St. Patrick's Day tradition of lucky symbols. Take the kids out to search for four leaf clovers or help them cut and color their own clovers. Parents can also make a rainbow party in their own living room, complete with a pot of gold chocolate coins at the end.
Another tradition parents can bring up are the happy leprechauns that like to roam through the house the night before St. Patrick's Day. Help the kids make a “leprechaun trap” before going to bed. Parents can leave some gold glitter, clover and gold chocolate coins under the trap to get the kids excited about almost catching a leprechaun. Another fun game is making a green treasure trail. Have them dip their feet into green paint and make a path on some parchment paper. Later, let them lay down the path so it leads to their special pot of chocolate gold.
Enjoy the Yummies
A holiday would be nothing without snacks. Parents can bake special cookies with green frosting and let the kids decorate and enjoy. Another way for parents to introduce tradition to their kids is by making them a corned beef sandwich for lunch, a meat highly enjoyed in Ireland. End the meal with some sprite mixed with green food coloring in order to make a fizzy, green and tasty beverage.
St. Patrick's Day may not be the biggest holiday on the calender, but that is no reason not to celebrate. Parents can take the day to spent with their kids in order to let them know, when it comes to luck, they are the luckiest parents of all.