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A Simple St. Patrick's Day at Home

Published March 16, 2012 8:30 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Now that the week is just about finished (Happy Friday!) and St. Patty's Day is just a day away, I thought I would share some really simple activities you can do at home with your little ones - and picky eaters! - to celebrate this oh-so-green holiday!

Try Some Kid-Friendly GREEN foods!

Green Jell-O® Jigglers

Make lime GREEN Jell-O by following the directions on the box (very simple). Then:

  • Pour the liquid Jell-O into a cookie pan that has at least a 1-2 inch lip to it
  • Place the entire pan in the refrigerator for about 3 hours, letting the Jell-O harden
  • Remove the pan and use a variety of spring-themed cookie cutter shapes, including shamrocks, to make your Jell-O Jigglers!

TIPS: Add chunks of fruit to the liquid Jello to give your jigglers a healthy burst of flavor! Add a scoop of lite whipped cream to each jiggler for some added texture and sweet creaminess!

Shamrock Cookies

Are you short on time, but in the mood for something GREEN and sweet? Buy some pre-made sugar cookie dough (the kind you purchase in the refrigerator aisle at the supermarket).

  • Let it sit out for about 30 minutes until it softens.
  • Lay out a large sheet of wax paper and sprinkle it with flour to prevent the dough from sticking.
  • Cut the dough in thirds and, using one section at a time, roll out the dough with a rolling pin until flat. Use your shamrocks and spring cookie cutter shapes to make a variety of fun designs.
  • Place them on a cookie sheet and decorate them with GREEN sprinkles.
  • Follow the baking directions on the cookie roll wrapper and within 9-11 minutes you will have some yummy GREEN cookies for St. Patty's day!

Looking for other simple GREEN Treats? How about GREEN sherbet, mint GREEN chocolate chip ice cream, or plain vanilla ice cream with GREEN sprinkles?

And, finally, what's a party without hats?!

Shamrock Headbands

Using GREEN construction paper, trace/draw shamrock shapes and cut them out. Decorate the shapes using crayons, GREEN glitter, GREEN beads and buttons, or any other type of materials you have lying around! Take another piece of construction paper and cut it into a thin 2-inch strip and measure it so that it fits snugly around your head or your child's head. Attach the shamrock cut-outs you decorated to the band and wear your new shamrock headbands proudly!

Need a drink to go with these treats? Check out my recipes for rainbow punch and shamrock shakes!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! May the luck o' the Irish fill your weekend with fun!


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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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