Fun Saint Patrick’s Day Activity

A Post from Gina:

Saint Patrick’s Day is always a fun holiday for our family. Since our oldest was about 3 we started trying to catch the Leprechaun to get to his pot of gold. The idea came from a Family Fun magazine article. So, through the years we have been setting different traps.

This year both our 3 yr. old and 6 yr. old collaborated to devise a plan that would freeze the Leprechaun, so he would drop his pot of gold! Our plan was to entice the Leprechaun with a sweet cookie treat and then freeze him with a pile of ice disguised with green coconut grass!

We made Rainbow and Shamrock cookies out of sugar cookie dough and painted the uncooked dough with food coloring. After baking the cookies we continued to decorate with icing and sprinkles. Once the cookies were finished we set-up our trap.

We used a big platter and placed an upside down bowl in the center. Next, we filled the tray with ice and sprinkled green coconut on top of the ice cubes to disguise them. Finally, we placed a plate with the enticing cookies on top of the bowl.

We set the tray in the center of our kitchen table and for an added surprise we placed 2-sided tape circling around the outer edge of the tray. This was a precautionary measure in the event that the Leprechaun made it off of the tray successfully; he would get stuck on the tape!

The kids had a fun time brainstorming with the different trap ideas and are already thinking of next year.

Some other fun things we like to do for St. Patrick’s Day are making green pancakes for breakfast and playing our Irish music. For dinner we will have Green Spaghetti Noodles and make Green Irish Soda Bread.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

What are some of your favorite St. Patty’s Day traditions?

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Fun with Fruit and Chocolate Fondue

This blog, Edible Fruit, gave me an idea for a fun family activity.  We made a chocolate fondue to dip fruit, and other goodies into.

We started with our chocolate fondue ingredients:

  • 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup of half and half or light cream
  • ½ cup of sugar



Place all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over low heat stirring constantly, until the chocolate chips are melted.





We also had our selection of fruits and prepared those as well.  We chose banana, apple, orange, and celery.  I know celery is not a fruit but my oldest son was sure it would taste great with chocolate so we gave it a try too.






Then we poured it into our fondue pot.

We explained to the boys how to use the fondue forks and the rule of no double dipping and the fun commenced.

This was a great activity that we all really enjoyed.  Fun time together around the kitchen table laughing, enjoying each other and a fun treat.  This is something we will be doing again!

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Shopping with Kids

Shopping with kids can be a challenge, especially when you have more than one of them with you.  Frequently they don’t want to ride in the cart and they can’t keep their hands to themselves.

This is sometimes true of my boys.  Overall, they are pretty good shoppers but every once in awhile we’ll have one of those days, like today.  They both wanted to walk which was fine but they have this compulsive need to touch everything!  They touch the merchandise and they touch each other!  A mom can only say, “Stop touching things” so many times!

I find it helpful to have a few activities for kids in mind when you go shopping.  So here’s one of the tips for shopping with kids that I used today:

We talked about prices of products.  We needed to get some groceries and we were at a Super Walmart so I took a moment to point out the price tags on the shelves.  I showed my younger one which number was the price and I showed my older one how they have the price broken down into how much it costs per ounce.  Then we talked about how to figure out which product was the least expensive.

I also assigned each child an item that they were responsible for being on the look out for.  My older son was in charge of pizza sauce and the younger was in charge of marshmallows.  Each aisle we turned down I’d remind them what they were looking for.  These are great ideas because they get the children involved in the shopping.  This helped to keep my boys much more on task and seemed to stop them from touching everything – they had a mission and a responsibility.

When we finally found the marshmallows there were 4 different brands to choose from.  My older son was quick to discover which the best buy were but I used it as an opportunity to discuss numbers with my younger son.  One bag was $0.12 an ounce, another was $0.11 and the third was $0.10.  I asked him which was the smallest number and we briefly discussed number order.

So, on this trip we not only got the groceries but we did a little math along the way.  If you’re short on time you might not have the time to discuss which products are priced lower but you could still assign each child an item to look for.

Have fun shopping with your kids!

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President’s Day Activities 2011

Since both of my boys are home and it’s President’s Day I did some searching to find a few President’s Day activities to do with them.  We made these cute little finger puppets of President Lincoln and President Washington.  Not only was it a fun craft that we did together, but it also presented an opportunity to discuss the names of coins with my youngest.

After making the puppets we discussed these two famous presidents, testing what my oldest already knew and giving some new information to both boys.  Then we went online and read the legend of George Washington and the Cherry tree and then found an easy coloring page with cherries.

I also came across this great word search of presidents for my elementary school aged son to do while the little one napped.  He loves word searches so this was great because he enjoyed the activity and was exposed to the names of all the presidents.

Did you do anything special this President’s Day?

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Our children grow so quickly and time passes us elusively.  If we aren’t careful we can blink too long and miss it all, all their growing up and all their wonder, while we are being too busy with busyness.  We need to take a moment, step back, carve out some time, and share some special moments, make some memories, teach some lessons, do something intentionally.

This blog is intended to be a place where you can find ideas for fun things to do with kids and for kids, family activities and outings, birthday party ideas, and ideas and tips for classroom parties.

There are lots of ideas out there, the hard thing is to narrow it down to the best ones, the ones that will work for your child, family, or party.  This is a place to share your tried and true ideas.  If you have an idea you would like to share please email and I can post it here.

Let’s work to create some moments where we slow down time just for a little bit and do some fun Activities With Kids.

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