If you’re traveling with kids this summer, you probably have many of the same problems that I’ve had. How do you fit a week’s worth of clothing and diapers into one bag? How many toys should you bring? Is four suitcases per child too many? What if your baby has three blowouts a day? WHAT IF YOU LEAVE SOMETHING AT HOME? Here are a few answers to your luggage-related questions.
Holidays are a great excuse to have some fun with your kids! With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to pull out all the stops! Grab all your green, rainbows and shamrocks, and get ready to have a St. Patrick’s Day your child will remember for years to come.
Need some inspiration to make this St. Patrick’s Day special? Take a look at some of these crafts and activities that will bring a smile to your little one’s face, and yours!
Hunt for the Pot O’ Gold
Go on a hunt for the pot o’ gold in your own home! Fill a little pot with some gold-covered chocolate coins and put it at the end of your hallway. String some green, white and orange (the colors on the Irish flag) yarn across the hallway, creating an obstacle course. Your child will have to make their way through the yarn maze to get to the pot of gold!
Have multiple kids? Personalize their pots with their name and let them find their own pots of gold.
Four-Leaf Clover Painting
Do your children love painting? Try this pepper clover craft! It’s simple, and you can cut up little pepper pieces for a healthy snack to munch on while painting. Just slice a bell pepper in half so you’re left with what looks like a four-leaf clover. Pour some green paint onto a plate and let your kids use the pepper like a stamp. Use white paper or roll out some brown craft paper to make a St. Patrick’s Day banner!
This shamrock wand is the perfect accessory for a lucky St. Patrick’s Day! And it’s pretty simple to make too. All you need is green construction paper or card stock, ribbon and some glitter glue. If your child is old enough, let them cut out six heart shapes and glue them together in the shape of a clover, leaving the bottom unsealed. Fold a long piece of paper for the handle and glue a few pieces of curled ribbon onto the bottom, then finish sealing it up. Let your son or daughter decorate the clover with some glitter glue. Voila! A lucky shamrock wand!
St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast
If you don’t think your kids will enjoy crafts or activities, but you still want to do something fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you can make a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast! These are some great ideas, but use your imagination: Anything that’s shaped like a shamrock, or is green or rainbow colored should do the trick. If your kids are old enough to help you cook, let them get in on the fun too!
Gold Hunt Sensory Tub
Sensory tubs are always fun – give yours a holiday twist with a gold hunt! Use green and yellow beans, and hide some gold coins in the beans for your kids to find. They’ll have a blast searching for treasure. If you want to make it an extra special treat, use gold-covered chocolate coins so they can snack on them later.
No matter what you choose to do, you’re sure to have a fun Saint Patrick’s Day with your kids!
Are there any other activities or crafts you like to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your home? Let us know in the comment section.