Let the Shenanigans Begin!

Hey mommas! Remember the time when St. Patty’s day was filled with green beers, pubs and late night shenanigans with friends? Yeah, me neither! Those days are long gone for me. Now, St. Patty’s day involves green colored milk with rainbow pancakes, kid friendly restaurants and an early evening at the house with mischievous little boys. This year I plan to have some fun with my little leprechauns. Come join the fun with these snack ideas and activities for the whole family!

Leprechaun Sugar Cookies!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cups of sugar
  • 1/3 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp butter (soften)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of self rising flour

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar, brown sugar, egg, butter and vanilla extract together. Add flour and mix. Form 32 round circles of cookie dough and place them on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle green and/or gold sprinkles on top of each cookie. Put them in the oven for 12 to 14 minutes. Let them cool down and enjoy! We made mini ice cream sandwiches with them by just adding vanilla ice cream between two of these cookies!

Rainbow Donuts!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/2 a cup of applesauce
  • 3 tbsp of vanilla almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  • white chocolate chip

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together. Divide the batter into 6 different bowls evenly. Use food coloring to dye the batter to desired color. Start with the purple mixture first and layer the bottom of the donut pan. Continue with each color ending with red. Put the donuts in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove and let them cool down. Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave for the frosting. Dunk each donut in the melted white chocolate and top with sprinkles.

Going on a Gold Hunt!

A scavenger hunt is always a fun activity for parents and kids! Just print, cut and hide these clues and watch your little kids run around the house searching for the leprechaun’s gold.

Paint Yourself Clean!

This taste-safe finger paint was so easy to make and the colors turned out perfect for a rainbow art project for the house.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cups of flour
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 cups of water

Directions: Combine all of these ingredients into a pot over medium heat. Stir until it thickens. Divide the mixture into containers and add food coloring and mix until desired color.

The kids painted a rainbow on a canvas, then I stuck them in the bathtub to paint the tub. When they were done, I handed them a sponge and they cleaned up their mess! Entertainment and a clean tub? WIN WIN!

Feeling Lucky?

This is an easy DIY game called ZAP. To play all you need a paper bag and paper! This game is good when reviewing letters, numbers and even sight words. My son is working on number recognition with numbers 11 through 20. I wrote numbers 11 through 20 on shamrocks I cut out using green construction paper. I added one shamrock with the word ZAP. I put all the shamrocks in a paper bag. I have my son pick a shamrock and say the number aloud and if he is correct, he keeps the shamrock. This continues until he pulls out and reads all the numbers out of the bag without pulling out the shamrock labeled ZAP. If he pulls out the ZAP shamrock, he gets ZAPPED and all the shamrocks go back in the bag and he plays again. The game ends when he’s able to get all the shamrocks out without getting zapped. This is fun to play with the whole family or alone. You can also take the zap game with you in the car or at restaurants.

Eat, Drink and Be Irish!

After a long day with your little leprechauns, I think it’s your turn to have some fun! After your kids are tucked in bed and you can finally put your feet up, treat yourself to this tasty and refreshing Irish mule! This is similar to the Moscow Mule, but replace vodka with whiskey for an Irish twist!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Irish whiskey
  • 6oz of ginger beer
  • juice from half a lime
  • lime slices and mint sprigs for garnish

Directions

Fill a mule mug (or any glass) with ice and pour in whiskey. Add lime juice and top with ginger beer. Stir to mix and garnish with lime slices and mint sprigs. Sláinte!

I hope you find these ideas fun and helpful when celebrating St. Patrick’s day this year! If you use any of these ideas, tag me on instagram (@stayathomecircus). I can’t wait to see!