AHHHH!!! I love St. Patrick’s Day! I love green! This is such a fun holiday. I have a question for you… Is your leprechaun naughty or nice? Or maybe a bit of both?
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When I was teaching I absolutely had a flipping hay day getting my classroom ready for a visit from the leprechaun. Haha! I basically wreaked havoc on my own classroom.
I’d throw confetti all over (sorry to my wonderful custodian). knocked chairs down, moved decks around, moved things into places where they didn’t belong, and tapped little green footprints around the room. It was a BLAST!!
Like, I was a giddy little girl!
And let me tell you something, my students had so much fun walking into the room and seeing what the naughty little leprechaun did.
Now I don’t have a classroom to mess around, I have a house. A house that I will have to clean up. So I have toned it down a bit. I really don’t want confetti all over (again, I’m sorry to the wonderful people that vacuumed my classroom).
I have made a list of things that you can have your leprechaun do in your house. Some are naughty, some are nice.
Leave Leprechaun Footprints
You can use green paper to cut out footprints or use green paint. Just make sure to not paint on something that won’t come out…
Make a Mess
After the kids have gone to bed we take cushions off of couches, move the table and chairs around, mess their rooms up a little. They think it is awesome. And this is something that doesn’t cost me a cent, just a few minutes of fun. 🙂
Make Things Green
Green milk anyone? It’s actually not too gross to drink. You will need the good ‘ol regular food coloring. But why stop there when the Leprechaun can make the pancake batter green as well.
How about green water, eggs, green dye in the toilet, or change their pillow cases into green ones in the middle of the night. There are so many things that you can make green that will be a fun surprise for your little ones.
One thing we try to have the Leprechaun leave is gold coins or the gold Hershey’s nugget chocolates. Other fun things that the nice Leprechaun can leave are:
- Lucky Charms
- Green beaded necklaces
- Simple art projects for the kiddos to do
- St. Patrick’s Day stickers
- St. Patrick’s Day books
- Hit up the Dollar Store to see what fun St. Patrick’s Day things they have
Leprechauns shouldn’t have all the fun! Here are some things you can do with your kiddos and families.
Make Leprechaun Traps
Go ahead and keep some things you would normally put in the recycle or trash (as long as they are clean). Then let your kiddos have at it with designing and creating their own leprechaun traps.
You can use things like:
- Toilet paper or paper towel cardboard middles
- Plastic berry containers
- Cereal boxes (really any empty box will work)
- Let your imagination flow here
Have your kiddos set the traps out on the night before St. Patrick’s Day. Then after they have gone to bed you make it appear as if the leprechaun was almost caught in their trap. You can leave a little treat or a note from the leprechaun.
As a former first grade teacher I have a small collection of books from my classroom for St. Patrick’s Day. There are so many places to get fun and cute St. Patrick’s Day books: library, Amazon, book stores, Ross (yes the clothing store has some good children’s books in the toy section), and many other places.
Read to, with, or listen to your kiddos reading is a GREAT way to spend some quite time with your kids. And not to mention the amazing learning benefits your kiddos will get.
Below are some fun St. Patrick’s Day books from Amazon. Click on the picture to take you directly to Amazon to purchase.
Fun Themed Meals
Do you have a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal that you do every year? If not, you can start this year. It can be whatever you want it to be. Maybe the nice leprechaun left you some ingredients to make a fun breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Head to my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest page to get some more awesome ideas for this awesome green day. And share some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day and leprechaun traditions below.