St. Patrick’s Day TRAPS & TRICKS

St Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays!

I’m not sure if it’s because green is my favorite color or memories from my Irish grandma. Every year my kids build a leprechaun trap in hopes of catching the mischievous little guy before he reeks havoc on our house.

10377025_10206149515523870_8316433611616454908_nWhat you will need:

  • A base to decorate (cardboard or a sheet of thick card stock)
  • A box for the trap (can be built from popsicle sticks, an old tissue box, cereal box ect.)
  • Shiny gold coins to attract the leprechaun to your trap
  • Paint or decorate with rainbow somewhere on or near the trap so the leprechaun will follow it to the end
  • You will need some type of stick to keep the door or roof propped up, but don’t glue it as it will need to fall to shut the lid
  • For this trap my daughter collected a few pieces of shamrock confetti, the shamrock stick from her cupcake, orange, white and green flowers, and a few shiny gems.

1524823_10206149515723875_1438077870713499658_nWe have yet to catch that sneaky little leprechaun, but he always leaves a fun trail throughout the house as he makes his way to our trap.

Leprechaun mischief :

  • dye the toilet green (a few drops of green food coloring)
  • have the faucet run green (hide green color tablet inside the faucet filter)
  • green paint foot trail – its amazing how his feet are the SAME size as our Dora doll ūüėČ
  • green streamers hanging from the door way (or crisscrossed¬† across door frame to trap in the older kids)
  • green and white balloons covering the floor of the childs bedroom

The leprechaun usually leaves a trail of gold coins leading outside where he hides a fun St. Patrick’s day treat or small toy for the kids!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What fun ways do you celebrate with your little ones??

~Amy~

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Happy National Pancake Day!!!

Who doesn’t love pancakes!?! ¬†Today, March 3rd is National Pancake Day!

What a better way to celebrate then with a nice stack of delicious pancakes!!   IHOP began National Pancake Day in 2006 in hopes to give away FREE short stacks to raise money for charity.  Since then, they have raised over 16 million dollars for charity!!!  Their goal this year is to raise $3.5 billion for charity!!!  So, stop in for breakfast or lunch or even make it a fun dinner for the kids and get yourself a nice short stack!

If you prefer to stay in we have a yummy recipe for you and you can still donate to your favorite charity as well to stick with the theme!!

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To make delicious vegan pancakes at home just use this recipe:

  • 1 Cup of flour
  • 1 Cup of Vegan Milk (your choice we use almond)
  • 1 Tbsp of Vanilla
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 Tbsp of Baking Powder

Additions can be:

  • 1/4 cup of vegan protein to give them a protein power punch
  • blueberries
  • bananas
  • chocolate chips

To find an IHOP near you check out their website: http://www.ihoppancakeday.com/

~Maria~

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Grab a book, find a nook and join us Monday March 2nd for Read Across America Day!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Grab a book, find a nook and join us Monday March 2nd for Read Across America Day!

Elephants are my daughters favorite animal which might have something to do with “Horton Hears A Who!” being one of our favorite books to read. I love that it teaches the lesson that “A persons a person , no matter how small” and that kids CAN make a difference!

After reading the book with your child discuss ways that they can be helpful whether it be at school, at home or in your community.

To celebrate Read Across America an NEA project we made a fun treat and craft we want to share with you!

10953285_10206106500208514_7447860360478760353_nWhoville Flower Cupcakes

What you will need:

  • 2 packages mini cupcakes with blue or grey frosting (color used as elephant trunk)
  • About 5 green straws cut into 4 pieces as the stem (Starbucks straws work great for this)
  • 1 medium size bag of pink cotton candy (form small chunks around the straw before inserting into the cupcake)
  • If your up for the challenge try and attach a white circle sprinkle with a dab of icing to the cotton candy flower

10942740_10206106500368518_6610876333797691669_nHorton Hand Craft

What you will need:

  • 1 sheet of white paper
  • 1 sheet of grey paper
  • a piece of green and pink paper
  • markers
  • hole puncher

How to assemble:

  • have child trace hand on grey paper and cut it out
  • glue hand shape to white paper then draw on Hortons features
  • snip a green piece of paper for the stem and glue onto the edge of the thumb
  • hole punch a piece of pink paper and use the circle for the flower
  • draw on the phrase “A Persons A Person No Matter How Small” and have child color in the background

Take the pledge and share your ideas and events HERE: http://www.readacrossamerica.org/

~Amy~

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