Spied any rainbows lately after a nice pre-spring rain shower? St. Patricks day is right around the corner, and what better way to give your kids a peek into Irish folklore than learning about Leprechauns!
It occurred to me last week that beyond the St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks my kids made in preschool, we had really never read any books about Ireland or St. Patrick’s Day. Total parenting fail, especially since some close family friends of ours are steeped in Irish heritage. (My apologies to the Corrigans!) While our school weeks have been pretty full, we did take the time to read That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting.
While this book is fun and mischievous (there are leprechauns involved after all), I wouldn’t say it’s heavy in historical fact, but that’s not why we checked it out. My kids loved traveling along with the three tiny leprechauns as they journeyed to the end of the rainbow to set out the pot of gold. In fact, I don’t know if my kids had ever heard about the pot of gold at the rainbow’s end until today. But I can pretty much guarantee that after today, there will be rain boots and coats being thrown on after the next rainstorm. I mean, why not?!
To get my kids in the leprechaun spirit, I made them a completely un-Irish concoction that I dubbed Leprechaun milk. Bright green milk? Oh, yes. Now, if your kids are allergic to veggies (at least in their minds), then you may want to make this while they’re outside, and surprise them with it, because spinach is the secret green ingredient here. There’s also no refined sugar; it’s only sweetened with a banana and a splash of maple syrup. A bit of peanut butter also gives it a slight nutty flavor that pairs well with the banana. It’s definitely not a smoothie, because the consistency is much thinner, but you could definitely thicken it up with some yogurt and ice cubes if you wanted to go that route. Make it your own!
So blend this up for your little leprechauns and in the midst of all of the “busy” during the day, take some time to hunt for rainbows and elusive pots of gold, because before we know it, our little leprechauns will be big.
What are some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day activities? I’d love to hear about them!