First let me start with the kiddos favorite St. Patrick's Day books, if you remember my post about our Christmas library, I mentioned that we read books specific for each holiday.
We start reading them a couple of weeks before the holiday. The kiddos really like reading the books and having them only out for certain amount of time of the year, makes them all the more special.
Our first tradition is "You've been Rocked." It is a simple activity, for your neighbors; you could also do it for your own kids as a surprise for when they come home from school. We hang a note on their door, decorate their yard, or porch with shamrocks and leave them a little gift, usually Hershey's Kisses. We sneak early in the morning (sometimes, I will let my neighbor know we are leaving them something, sometimes not, depends on the neighbor and if they have dogs) and leave them a surprise. The kiddos love being "spies" as we leave them a surprise. We have done them for Easter (you can check out the post here), Valentine's Day, Halloween and Christmas. If you want your own poster for any of these holidays, check out my Etsy store.
Here is our neighbors door (the best part is my neighbor knows, how I try to save and reuse everything; so after a day, she left all of my decorations minus the sign back in my mailbox!)
|The entire door|
|close up of the You've Been Rocked Sign|
|their Shamrock day present|
|close up of the garland|
|on the keyboard|
|on the drive way|
|on the back of the car|
|stepping stones leading to the back yard|
|in the fridge|
This particular hunt ended with the kiddos taking a "green bath" when finding the pot of gold. It was a fun way to end the night.
Here is the recipe for the bubble bath that I used: It smells amazing, just like apples!
Large measuring cup with pour spout
Liquid castile soap (unscented)
Green apple essential oil
Green food coloring
~Measure 4 cups of distilled water in a large measuring cup with a pour spout. Add 1 cup of unscented liquid castile soap to the measuring cup.
~ Place 1 1/2 oz. of liquid glycerin to the measuring cup.
~ Add five drops of green apple essential oil and five drops of green food coloring
~ Stir the ingredients well and pour the apple bubble bath carefully into a clean plastic bottle with a tight fitting lid. To use, gently shake the bottle and pour approximately one quarter of the contents under hot running water. Soak and enjoy.
This is a great bath time treat and really fits with the St. Patty's Day theme.
We started a clover shaped dish and ended up with clover.
|our clover dish|
May you have a St. Patrick's Day that is filled with fun and luck!