Attention Fellow St. Paddy’s Day Procrastinators!

If you haven’t heard, today is St. Patrick’s Day. To be honest, St. Patrick’s Day has never been a big thing for me. Growing up, Mom would sometimes make green scrambled eggs, and I remember trying to scrounge around to find something green to wear so I didn’t come home from school sporting “pinch” bruises up and down my arms, but that was about it.

Needless to say, I haven’t made St. Patrick’s Day a big deal for my kids either. In fact, I was proud of myself for actually buying a box of cake mix and canned frosting at the store the other day so I could tint it green for tonight. (Watch out, Martha Stewart—you’ve got some competition!) But then I started reading about all these awesome things OTHER moms do with their kids for St. Paddy’s Day and, well, I started feeling a wee bit guilty. And lame.

So if you’re like me and St. Patrick’s Day has hit you a bit unprepared, grab one of these great ideas and run with it! After all, it’s not every day we get to spend the day sporting an Irish accent that sounds suspiciously like the leprechaun on the Lucky Charms commercials without having people look at you like you’ve had one too many green Guinnesses!

Tangled and True has some FABULOUS ideas for starting a St. Patrick’s Day tradition with the kids. I love the little leprechaun footprints and the idea of putting together a basket or bucket of green goodies!

Amy at Blissfully Domestic has a simple but fun idea to help your kiddos write “green” poems…

Teach your kids about the origins of St. Patrick’s Day from my friend, and the person I know who loves her Irish heritage more than ANYONE, Jody from Iowa Geek! Super interesting stuff here! You can also take a “virtual tour” of Ireland on Jody’s Have Kids Will Travel blog!

And speaking of Jody, this T-shirt SCREAMS “Jody!!!” Even if you’re NOT from Iowa, it’s still a pretty cute shirt! (You’ve got to read it aloud to really appreciate it!) This is from Smash, a locally owned shop with a fun online store (AND “the greatest store in the universe,” according to their site). (Seriously, look through all of their T-shirts AND read their descriptions. I nearly bust a gut every time I browse their catalog!)

Need something fast, free, and that involves no cutting, glitter, or glue? (Yes, I’m talking to you, dear sister!) How about some St. Patrick’s Day jokes and riddles to share with your kids over the dinner table? Thanks to kaboose for this list!

Create a scavenger hunt for the kids until they find the pot of gold! Find directions here and make sure to look around for some other great St. Paddy’s Day ideas! My kids would love it if we could have lime punch with our supper tonight, also found on Family Fun.

So what about you? Are you a scrooge mom like me, or do you actually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Share your ideas and traditions with us! And top o’ the morning to you!


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