St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that offers tons of fun activities for kids! Parades, festivals, and green…lots of green! It’s also a great opportunity to sneak in a history lesson along with some educational activities and some fun healthy snacks!!
St. Patrick’s Day History
Saint Patrick’s Day is a religious and cultural holiday which commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and the culture of the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th, which is said to be the date of the death of Saint Patrick, the primary patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain, the son of a deacon and the grandson of a priest, however, Patrick was not an active believer. At the age of 16, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates and enslaved in Ireland. The six years he spend in captivity were spent working as a shepherd and strengthening his relationship with God. After six years, he escaped and returned home to Britain, where he continued to study Christianity. He later returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary.
Learn more about St. Patrick and St. Patrick’s Day at Wikepedia
Educational St. Patrick’s Day Activities
Science experiment :
Put some food coloring in the bottom of a cup and cover it with baking soda. Then have the kids add vinegar for a fun science experiment.
Cut pots out of construction paper and write numbers on them. Using playdoh and a small cookie cutter (soda bottle caps work well), have your child make “coins” then put the correct amount in each pot.
Write capital and lowercase letters on small pieces of different colored paper (put corresponding letters on the same color paper. Glue the pairs down on a large piece of paper to create a rainbow. Click the link to view the full activity.
Here are some Simple Shamrock Games for older kids who are beyond learning their letters and counting to 10.
Fun and Healthy Snacks for Kids
Green Vanilla Cupcakes (Hidden Veggies)
These delicious cupcakes are made with coconut oil and applesauce instead of butter, agave syrup instead of sugar, and… wait for it… spinach! Don’t worry…the kids won’t even know it’s there!
½ cup coconut oil
⅔ cup agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
5 cups fresh spinach
½ cup applesauce
Using an electric mixer, blend the coconut oil, agave syrup and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs and continue mixing.
Mix the flour and baking powder together in separate bowl then slowly pour into the mixer.
In a blender or vitamix, puree the applesauce and spinach until smooth.
Add the puree spinach mixture to the mixer and mix for about 30 seconds.
Preheat oven to 325
Fill 12 muffin cups (I used the silicone baking cups, but paper liners will work too) and bake for 20-25 minutes. Make sure you use a cake tester to test before removing from the oven.
tbsp almond milk, cups icing sugar.
*Depending on how much icing you’d like, you will need to add more of both the milk and icing sugar. Use an electric mixer and add a tiny amount of milk at a time. A little goes a long way here. Keep adding the icing sugar until you get your desired consistency.*
These tasty popsicles are made with mandarin, kiwi, and yogurt. All you need is a popsicle mold, a blender, and a freezer. YUM!
Spinach Tortilla Wraps
Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out mini “shamrocks” in the tortillas.
Spritz with olive oil and sea salt.
Bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes (until crispy but not “browned”).
Pair with you favorite dips or cover with nacho toppings!
1 Green Apple
2 Edible Candy Eyes
4 mini Heart Sprinkles
Peanut Butter or Toothpicks
Start out by cutting the front off of the apple using a knife. Cut out a hat from that slice. Attach it on the top using half of a toothpick. Save your apple scraps to cut out a nose. We also cut a slice from a strawberry to make the mouth. Press on the edible eyes (they will stick). Everything should stick but you can also use peanut butter to secure. We cut clementine slices in half to make the beard. They should also stick, but break toothpicks in half to secure if needed. Press the heart sprinkles on the hat to make a shamrock.
We, at Tender Loving Kare, wish you a happy and healthy St. Patrick’s Day!