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I will not be putting green food coloring in my toilet for St. Patrick’s Day.

Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  But I’m sorry, I will not be putting green food coloring in my toilet to “trick” my kids into thinking a Leprechaun stopped by the house.

Originally this was going to be a post about fun and easy activities you could do with your children for St. Paddy’s Day but as I was browsing Pinterest for ideas I realized, “I’m never going to do any of these things!”

St. Paddy's 2014

Last year for homework Kade’s Kindergarten class made Leprechaun traps.  I had never heard of this since we never really celebrated the holiday in our family but I thought it was a cute idea.  I have no problem sharing my shortcomings and aside from not being a very good cook, I am not crafty!  So, Kade’s Leprechaun trap, which obviously was homework for the parents and not the 5-year old, was a shoebox I covered in green construction paper and let Kade decorate any way he wanted.  Boy did I feel ridiculous when I showed up to see other extravagant traps with skittles, little gold pieces, and pulley systems!  Luckily Kade was oblivious to my poor creation, he was just excited to see if a Leprechaun would end up trapped inside.  This year there was no such assignment and man was I relieved!  I’ll have Kade build his own contraption this year since it won’t matter if it’s small and mobile, but I’m pretty sure we won’t be catching a Leprechaun this year either…

There is one thing I do no matter what on St. Paddy’s– Wear green!  But I have not bought that adorable t-shirt with the clovers for either child.  As my children get older I have realized that they just don’t get use out of it, so instead I just buy something that is green.  Don’t get me wrong I’ve put that adorable shirt down at Carter’s and Target more than once in the last few months!

I may not be making those clover crafts, which by the way, I saw one on Pinterest that they made by cutting a green pepper and using it as a stamp, adorable!  But I will explain why a clover is such an important representation of St. Patrick’s Day by sharing the Veggie Tales Video about St. Patrick.  The video is a little long, over 8 minutes, but it’s a fun video that explains who St. Patrick is and why we and Ireland celebrate this holiday.

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My absolutely favorite St. Paddy’s Day activity I’ve done over the years with my kids is a parade.  My MOMS Club used to do a parade around the park and we would all wear green and even make a sign.  It’s great to get toddlers excited about holidays through fun events and if you have a group or just a few friends, a parade is an easy and fun activity you can do without a lot of preparation!

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