In light of current events, we decided to get festive at home! Today we made green smoothies, crafted some pots of gold, listened to some Irish jigs and put on a themed book via Youtube. I’ll walk you through our fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie
Eisley is becoming more and more interested in helping me cook and bake, so I got her involved with helping me make these delicious smoothies! She wasn’t very happy with me adding the spinach but by the time we blended it all up, she had already forgotten about it and really enjoyed drinking it. She asked for seconds and insisted on eating it out of a bowl with a spoon.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup of milk of your choice
- 1/2 cup of greek vanilla yogurt
- 1 handful of spinach
- A pinch of Cinnamon
- Green food coloring
Makes 3 – 4 servings.
Craft Time: Pot of Gold
I created 2 versions of this craft. The first is the one I had planned for an event I was supposed to cohost at Mothership Launchpad that was inevitably postponed. The second version is more easily accessible, using items you are more likely to have on-hand.
Sensory Pot of Gold Craft
- Plastic Cauldron – Dollar Store or Amazon
- Gold craft pom poms – Amazon
- Pipe Cleaners – Dollar Store
- Puffy stickers – Amazon
- Washi Tape – Dollar Store or Amazon
- Gold coins – Dollar Store
First, we decorated the plastic cauldron with puffy stickers and washi tape.
Then we filled the cauldron with gold pom poms and added a gold coin for fun. You can have your child count them as they put them inside the pot or use play tweezers to pick them up individually to work on some fine motor skills.
Finally, we created the rainbow out of pipe cleaners. I cut all of the pipe cleaners in half to fit the cauldron better. You can then have your child help twist the ends together on each side to create the rainbow. Then, have your child place inside the cauldron. And that’s it! Quick and fun little sensory pot.
Pot of Gold Craft 2
- 4 Pipe Cleaners of different colors
- Black Paper
- White colored pencil
- Yellow paper or gold coin sticker
- Paper Plate
- Washable Paint
- Something to poke small holes with, you can use the tip of a pen
First, have your child paint the backside of a sturdy paper plate.
While you wait for the paint to dry, sketch a cauldron (or have your child draw the cauldron) onto the piece of black paper with your white colored pencil. Include a tab at the bottom, you’ll use this to fold back so the cauldron can stand up on the plate. I made mine fairly small since our paper plates were small, dessert plates. Cut out your beautiful artwork.
Once the paper plate is dry, poke four small holes in the paper plate as shown below.
Next, take your paper cauldron and fold back the small tab you created to prop it up on the plate. You’ll want to place it on the opposite side of the four holes you just made. Then have your child tape it down on the plate.
Have your child place one end of each pipe cleaner into the holes on your plate. Flip the plate over and tape the ends down. Flip the plate back over and make sure your pipe cleaners are standing up.
Next, we’re going to add the gold into the cauldron. If you don’t have a gold coin sticker, cut out a small circle out of yellow paper. Have your child tape the piece of yellow paper on the back of the cauldron.
Finally, take the end of the pipe cleaner that is closest to the cauldron and have your child tape it to the back of the cauldron. Repeat for the remainder of the pipe cleaners. And that’s it!
Story Time & Dancing
We didn’t have any themed St. Patrick’s Day books on-hand but we found a Pete the Cat – The Great Leprechaun Chase read aloud book on Youtube! Afterwards we got some energy out listening to some Irish jigs. All-in-all, we made the most of our usually active St. Patrick’s Day weekend being stuck at home.
Check out our list of streaming kids classes to stay busy these next couple of weeks!