If the O’Brien’s did not go all out for St. Patrick’s Day, there would be something wrong with the world. We start weeks before the holiday to make sure we get every last ounce of fun out.
It has nothing to do with luck, but I do feel pretty lucky with my three boys by my side. A momma day full of green, luck, and laughter was on the schedule and we share a few of our favorites here. As you count down to St. Patrick’s Day, try a a few out and bring a little luck your way.
Rowan and I did the necklace making and when Graham found time away from eating our materials, I set him up with a similar project focused on hand-eye coordination.
- Some type of O cereal – we used Fruit Loops
- Masking tape
- Pipe Cleaners
- Foam paper
- Take the form paper and cut out shamrocks shapes.
- Cut yarn to desired size and wrap ends with masking tape.
- Pour cereal into two bowls. (This is very important – or was for us) One bowl if for the necklaces, the other if for snacking!
- Fill the yarn with the cereal pieces, tie off the ends and you have a necklace.
I challenged Rowan to create patterns with the different colored cereal pieces. He really enjoyed the challenge and took it very seriously. At the same time, I got Graham started on his project.
- Take the Playdoh and stick it to the table.
- Stick the pipe cleaners into the Playdoh so they resemble TV antennas.
The smaller kids can load up the pipe cleaners with the cereal, remove them, and fill them again. Graham did get a few on, but more ended in his tummy. He still had a great time and I was proud that Rowan would take a few minutes away from his project to check on his little brothers progress.
With a five year old and a one year old, it is rare for us all to be working on the same project at the same time – but this one did just that. The three of us sat down together and crafted away. Rowan helped Graham, Graham ate Rowan’s cereal pieces, and I smiled and took pictures of the moment.
Magic is a very cool thing to a five year old. Being a magician is part of the mother role and this project increased my cool factor. (Saying that decreased it). I boiled some water, added some Borax and food coloring and walked away. The next morning, we had magic.
I picked up the Borax can from in the laundry isle at the grocery store. It is natural, but that does not mean it is safe. Borax should not me inhaled or ingested, so be careful.
- Boil water and fill a large mason jar to the top.
- Add 1/2 cup Borax, food coloring (optional) and stir under dissolved. Water should be transparent.
- Shape a pipe cleaner into a shamrock.
- Tie a string around one end of the shamrock and the other end around a pencil. When you lay the pencil across the top of the mason jar, the shamrock should not touch any side of the container.
- Then . . . walk away.
We left ours overnight and in the morning, we had magic crystals all dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day.
Some Irish soda bread and Sheppard’s pie will find its way to our table on St. Patrick’s Day. I am looking forward to green lunches and yummy food to celebrate through the week. What are your family traditions? Anything we should try? Let me know and if you are looking for a few other ideas, check out my Pinterest page dedicated to March 17th.