So if I'm being honest, St. Patrick's Day has nearly always been a bit of a boring holiday for me. As a kid, I never really got that into it. Wearing green was sort of fun, I suppose, but the lack of other excitement (and probably treats, hahaha) always made it a bit of a bummer for me.
Once, though, when I was in 7th grade, my super amazing science teacher had set up a crazy scene for us. He'd tipped over some tables and chairs, left green glitter, tiny green footprints, and gold chocolate coins for us. Of course, we were old enough to know it was him...but it was still so much fun. I still fondly remember it every St. Patrick's Day! So I set out to create something fun that we could repeat each year for S (and eventually X) to make St. Patrick's Day a bit more of a holiday to look forward to.
I prefaced this whole thing by talking a little about leprechauns off-handedly last night with S. I told her that their job was to keep pots of gold at the ends of rainbows safe. But sometimes, I said, they are a bit forgetful. They can lose gold as they travel around leading up to St. Patrick's Day.
When she woke up this morning, a green envelope with her name on it was waiting outside her bedroom door.
"S--, did you drop something?" I asked.
"Oh!" she exclaimed - "This has my name on it...it must be for me?"
Then Dada offered to help read the message to her.
The set-up is five days of activities to locate gold coins - ten coins in all. On the fifth night she's supposed to leave the envelope full of rescued coins outside her bedroom. I have a feeling that when she wakes up the following morning there will be a thank you note from the leprechaun...and probably a little St. Patrick's Day treat! ;)
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.