St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us and that means spring is around the corner. But, if you live on the East Coast the ground is still too wet to take out little ones to play. So give them and yourself something to look forward to and celebrate St. Pat’s Day.
- Gather your materials. You will need some multicolored mini marshmallows, glue, markers and paper.
Start by drawing a rainbow on the paper.
Next add some squiggles of color in the rainbow to act as a guide. Older children can skip this step.
Let dry- it takes a while but it will dry!
And thanks to the Savy Auntie, here are some suggestions for fun books to celebrate the day:
#1: Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk
by Gerald McDermott
This is a very funny tale about poor Tim O’Toole, ostracized by the townspeople for his misfortune. One day he comes across a group of Little People and demands some of their treasure. The evil McGoons in turn rob Tim of his fortune, until he utilizes the help of ten tiny men with clubs to retrieve the goods. This whimsical story is full of Irish humor, making it an enjoyable St. Patty’s Day read for kids.
#2: The Leprechaun’s Gold
by Pamela Duncan Edwards
There is a contest to find the best harpist in Ireland, and it comes down to two musicians- Tom and Pat. Pat is clearly the more talented of the two, so Tom relies on a sneaky scheme to try to win the title. His attempt fails miserably, thanks to the assistance of a leprechaun Pat befriended. Children will enjoy the moral of this suspenseful little story, and will have fun searching for the shamrocks hidden through the book.
#3: That’s What Leprechauns Do
by Eve Bunting
Ari, Col, and Boo set out to find their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but like most leprechauns, they find themselves creating quite a bit of mischief along the way. Their antics will tickle the funny bone of every child as the endearing trio creates havoc throughout the beautiful Irish countryside.
#4: The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever
by Teddy Slater
Sit back and enjoy this lighthearted rhyming romp with a group of leprechauns celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The day is filled with music, dancing and a fun parade. Young children will enjoy the colorful illustrations and simple story about a day full of cheerful little people.
#5: O’Sullivan Stew
by Hudson Talbott
Mix things up a bit with a story about an Irish girl who takes it upon herself to restore peace to her Irish village. Kate O’Sullivan is a clever heroine who, despite her good intentions, gets into trouble. She manages to outwit the king and saves the day in a funny tale full of subtle humor and vibrant illustrations.
Also, don’t forget my book, Before I Was Born. It makes a wonderful present for St. Patrick’s Day or any day. When you buy Before I Was Born you are giving two gifts. A gift to the child who receives the book and a gift to a unknown child who benefits from the sale of the book. I donate 100% of the cost of the book to Story Storks. The folks over at Story Storks give a new book and a packet on literacy to children born in two area hospitals. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, just send me an Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the book is $20 and will be tax deductible for you.