Hope you'll be wearing green, because on Friday March 17th we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your kids?
St. Patrick's Day offers a great opportunity to teach your kids about another culture, make a craft or two, enjoy some food and, of course, go green! Although St. Patrick's Day was originally a religious holiday celebrating Ireland's primary patron saint, it's become more widely celebrated by people around the world, regardless of ethnic background and religion.
Sharing a story, will help your child understand who St. Patrick was and how the holiday originated.
Once you've shared the history of St. Patrick's Day, settle down for a fun read with 'There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!' by Lucille Colandro. It's a silly tale of a woman who swallows things. Also, check out 'The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever', by Teddy Slater, which is a fun story perfect for ages 4 and up.
Creating crafts together is another way to have fun on St. Patrick's Day.
*Make a shamrock necklace. Cut and decorate a shamrock from green construction paper or craft foam, and use a hole punch to make a hole in it. Thread a short piece of green or gold yarn or chenille stem through the hole. Decorate the shamrock with crayons, markers, glitter or whatever else you have on hand. Then, cut strips of yellow and green construction paper and use them to make a paper chain. Attach the shamrock to the paper chain, and parade around in your finery.
*Create St. Patrick's Day rings. Glue small green pom poms onto gold or green chenille stems to make rings or bracelets. Beads and pipe cleaners are a fun way to make bracelets — and easy for little ones to string.
*Prepare patterns or stencils of St. Patrick's Day shapes - shamrocks, rainbows, pots of gold and so on. Trace the patterns on green construction paper using green crayons. Then, apply a thin coat of white tempera paint over the entire page. The wax in the crayon repels the paint and makes the drawing pop off the page for a cool effect.
And, don't forget to eat, drink, and be merry. Sure you could serve foods that are naturally green, like kiwis, peas and avocados, but why stop there? Green food can be fun for your kids, and almost any favorite can turn green for a day! Scrambled eggs (with the addition of food coloring), jello, lemonade and mint chocolate chip ice cream. If you don't think your kids will appreciate green food, you can also reshape ordinary dishes into shamrocks, rainbows, or other festive shapes.
If you would like, take the green theme a step further and find one thing you and your family can do to have a positive impact on the environment. By planting a tree, the rewards you'll reap are even better than the mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Whatever way you choose to celebrate St. Patrick's Day...
May your day be touched with a bit of Irish Luck,
Brightened by a song in your heart,
And warmed with smiles by the people who love you.
On Wednesday March 15th at 10 AM we are offering our 'Learning Together 'Leprechauns, shamrocks, and a pot of gold' Literacy Program with story time, crafts, and activities all related to our St. Patrick's Day theme.
These programs are free but advance registration is appreciated to ensure enough material is available for everyone.
For more information call 827-2874 or check out our Facebook page.
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