70+ St. Patrick’s Day Ideas {Crafts, Activities, Recipes, Decor And More!}

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Over the years I have posted a number of St. Patrick’s Day crafts, activities, recipes, gifts, decor and more to celebrate the holiday. Some have been my own ideas and some were found during my hours of searching the web. I wanted to share them all in one place and I will continue to update this post over the years so make sure to bookmark it! :)

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Crafts & Activities:

Decor & Gifts: 

Random Ideas:

Gold At The End Of The Rainbow Sensory Bin

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I love sensory tables and if you do as well I have something fun to share with you! I’m participating in a 40 day series all about sensory bin fillers. 40 bloggers, 40 days, and 40 different items you can add to your sensory tables!

Today, I am sharing about feathers. I love using feathers because they are soft but have a texture to them that is unique and I love hearing my kids giggle as the feathers tickle their hands. They come in all kinds of colors so any themed table you are trying to create you can probably add feathers to.

On Monday I shared a very green St. Patrick’s Day sensory tub so today I wanted to share a more colorful one. I kept it very simple because most of the time if something isn’t simple it won’t get put together. I used a bag of colorful feathers and some gold coins and made a “Gold at the End of the Rainbow” sensory tub.

It wasn’t quite a rainbow since I didn’t realize that the mixed bag of feathers I grabbed as I ran through the store the other day didn’t contain all the colors of the rainbow but I think you all get the point :)

I really wish I had little black pots for them to put the gold in but I couldn’t find them anywhere in stores. Lucas liked finding the coins and then hiding them for others to find. We practiced counting. With Jake we did some simple addition and subtraction. If you have all of the rainbow colors they can make a rainbow out of the feathers.

Other seasonal themed sensory tables I’ve made with feathers include a Halloween Jack O’ Lantern sensory table and a Valentine’s Day themed sensory table.

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40 Sensory Bin Fillers Pinterest

Find link to all the blogs participating here.

Have ideas for feather filled sensory tables? Link up below and share them!



 

5 St. Patrick’s Day Themed Activities {HOP}

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I’m really excited to be joining in as a host of the Hands-On Play Party with some fabulous bloggers. This linky will be posted each Tuesday. I will be sharing some of my own activities for kids plus sharing some other great ideas from bloggers that link up each week.

This week I’m sharing five different St. Patrick’s Day themed activities. A few are my own posts and the others are posts from bloggers that linked up to last week’s HOP linky.

Pot O’ Gold Craft 

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Four Leaf Clover Window Clings from Danya Banya

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We loved this fruit loop rainbow activity.

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Shamrock Foam Dough Hidden Shapes Tray from Crayon Box Chronicles

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and in case you missed yesterday’s sensory table…

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Table

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Visit my co-hosts!

Pom Pom Races from P is for Preschooler

Dr. Seus Activities from Little Bins for Little Hands

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Check out our Pinterest board!

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Now it’s your turn! What fun hands-on play activities have you been creating at home? If you are a blogger you can link up your blog posts (no more than 3 please) or, if you don’t have a blog, share your activities on Facebook and leave a link in the comments below. Just looking for activity ideas? You can do that as well by clicking on images linked up below to view the full posts.

(Please note: If you are linking up below you give the hosts permission to use an image with a link back if you are featured in a future HOP post.)



Two Side Dish Recipes For St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Roasted Savoy Cabbage With Black Bean-Garlic Sauce

Roasted Savoy Cabbage with Black Bean-Garlic Sauce

Cook Time 20 min
Prep Time 10 min
Yields 4 serv.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head(s) cabbage, savoy – cored and cut into 1-inch squares
  • 4 teaspoons oil, canola
  • 2 tablespoons wine, rice – Shao Hsing, or dry sherry
  • 4 teaspoons black bean garlic sauce
  • 1 bunch(es) scallion(s) (green onions) – minced
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar, white – distilled
  • 2 teaspoons oil, toasted sesame
  • 5 dashes hot sauce – or to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 500°F. Toss cabbage and canola oil in a large roasting pan and spread out in an even layer. Roast until beginning to wilt and brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Combine rice wine (or sherry) and black bean sauce in a small bowl; drizzle over the cabbage and toss. Continue roasting until tender, about 5 minutes more.
  • Toss with scallions, vinegar, sesame oil and hot sauce until combined.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories: 123
Sodium: 485mg
Saturated Fat 1g
Total Fat: 8g
Dietary Fiber: 5g
Carbs: 12g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 4g

 

Red Potato Colcannon

Cook Time 25 min
Prep Time 15 min
Yields 4 serv.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound potato(es), red – small, scrubbed and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup onion(s) – thinly sliced
  • 6 cups cabbage, green – thinly sliced, (about 1/2 head)
  • 1 cup milk, lowfat (1%)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, white

DIRECTIONS

  • Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Place potatoes in a steamer basket and steam, covered, until just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add cabbage and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low. Stir in milk, salt and white pepper; cover and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 8 minutes. Add the cabbage mixture to the potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or a large fork to desired consistency.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories: 182
Sodium: 653mg
Saturated Fat 2g
Total Fat: 4g
Dietary Fiber: 5g
Carbs: 31g
Cholesterol: 11mg
Protein: 6g

 

(Disclosure: These healthy St. Patrick’s Day inspired recipes are from RecipeRehab.com.)

Bistro Beef Tenderloin {Recipe}

Bistro Beef Tenderloin

Cook Time 45 min
Prep Time 15 min
Yields 12 serv.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds beef, tenderloin steaks – trimmed of fat
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, Kosher
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, black ground
  • 2/3 cup herbs, mixed, fresh – (such as chives, parsley, chervil, tarragon, thyme)
  • 2 tablespoons mustard, Dijon

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Tie kitchen string around tenderloin in three places so it doesn’t flatten while roasting. Rub the tenderloin with oil; pat on salt and pepper. Place in a large roasting pan.
  • Roast until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the tenderloin registers 140 degrees F for medium-rare, about 45 minutes, turning two or three times during roasting to ensure even cooking. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes. Remove the string.
  • Place herbs on a large plate. Coat the tenderloin evenly with mustard; then roll in the herbs, pressing gently to adhere. Slice and serve.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories: 185
Sodium: 178mg
Saturated Fat 3g
Total Fat: 9g
Carbs: 1g
Cholesterol: 67mg
Protein: 24g

 

(Disclosure: This healthy St. Patrick’s Day inspired recipe is courtesy of RecipeRehab.com.)

Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread {Recipe}

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Cook Time 55 min
Prep Time 20 min
Yields 12 serv.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups flour, whole-wheat
  • 2 cups flour, all-purpose – plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups buttermilk

DIRECTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle with a little flour.

2.  Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in buttermilk. Using one hand, stir in full circles (starting in the center of the bowl working toward the outside of the bowl) until all the flour is incorporated. The dough should be soft but not too wet and sticky. When it all comes together, in a matter of seconds, turn it out onto a well-floured surface. Clean dough off your hand.

3.  Pat and roll the dough gently with floury hands, just enough to tidy it up and give it a round shape. Flip over and flatten slightly to about 2 inches. Transfer the loaf to the prepared baking sheet. Mark with a deep cross using a serrated knife and prick each of the four quadrants.

4.  Bake the bread for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400° and continue to bake until the loaf is brown on top and sounds hollow when tapped, 30 to 35 minutes more. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and let cool for about 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories: 165
Sodium: 347mg
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Fat: 1g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Carbs: 37g
Cholesterol: 2mg
Protein: 8g

 

This healthy St. Patrick’s Day inspired recipe and image is courtesy of RecipeRehab.com.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post.)

Pot O’ Gold Craft {For Preschoolers}

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Love, love, love this Pot O’ Gold craft that Jacob made! It’s so easy to make and a great way for children to practice their cutting skills.

You’ll need:

3 pieces of construction paper (green, black, yellow)

Tissue paper in rainbow colors (cut into small squares)

Glue Stick

Scissors

Shamrock shaped stickers or foam pieces (optional)

Directions:

1) Adult should draw a large pot shape on black paper and coin sized circles on yellow paper

2) Help child cut out the shapes and glue them on the green paper

3) Talk about colors of the rainbow as child glues one of each colored tissue paper squares on the paper.

4) Add shamrocks shapes if desired

Three Leaf Chocolate Clovers {Recipe}

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Hershey Kisses
  • Green M&Ms (You may have to pick them out of a regular bag of M&Ms)
  • 1 bag of pretzel knots
  • Wax Paper
  • ½ cup Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Green food coloring
  • ¼ stick of butter
  • 2 T of milk

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 200°. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Place the pretzels on the cookie sheet. Place an unwrapped Hershey Kiss on each pretzel. Place the cookie sheet in the oven. Allow chocolates to melt until they become soft. Remove cookie sheet from the oven and promptly press the chocolate flat on the pretzel. Add three green M&Ms to the pretzels to form a three leaf clover. Allow the pretzels to cool completely. In a mixing bowl add Confectioner’s sugar, green food coloring, butter and milk. Add food coloring until you get your desired color. The consistency of the mixture needs to be like play dough. You can keep adding Confectioner’s sugar until desired consistency. Pinch off a piece of the icing and roll the stem of the clover with your fingers and add to the pretzel. Enjoy!

Image and recipe provided by emeals founder, Jane DeLaney.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day {Pictures}

Waiting for the St. Patrick's Day parade to start. {Don't you love their matching green shirts?}

Hope everyone is having a fun weekend celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve been sick here but we tried to get in some fun so we didn’t totally miss the holiday.

Lucas had a photo shoot for Stories Of Autism in the morning and right at the corner was a St. Patrick’s Day parade so we sat to watch some of it.

Sitting with Nana waiting for the St. Patrick's Day parade to start. {Don't you love their matching green shirts?}

The afternoon was spent sleeping {I’m so sick I napped on the boys floor while they napped in their beds} and then relaxing on the couch while watching some of their favorite shows. When daddy came home they went outside and played in their water table. We ended the day with a special trip to McDonald’s to get a Shamrock Shake.

Lucas

Jacob

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How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Fun & Easy Rainbow Activity

Here's my 3 year old's rainbow. Though he enjoyed the activity, he has a short attention span and didn't want to finish it.

Daddy is not a fan of crafts but enjoyed this one!

I wanted to do a quick St. Patrick’s Day themed craft with the boys so I thought of making fruit loop rainbows with them. Having seen these all over the web I knew that there were probably printables online that we could use. I came across a great one over at Making Learning Fun that had pre-printed circles for the fruit loops. This was great because it worked on one to one correspondence which is a skill both boys are still learning. They both didn’t want to make a correctly colored rainbow so I let them do it any way they wanted.

Also, just a note: Make sure your box of cereal is all “O”s. The box we got had “8″ shaped red cereal instead of the typical circle shape.

Here’s how they turned out:

Here's my 2 year old's rainbow. He got a little carried away with the fruit loops. lol

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Here's my 3 year old's rainbow. Though he enjoyed the activity, he has a short attention span and didn't want to finish it.

St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Ideas

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Love these lunch ideas for St. Patrick’s day!
{Click on pictures to be taken to the posts they come from.}

Leprechaun

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Green Lunch

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Shamrocks Galore

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Leprechaun

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Tricky Leprechaun

St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Ideas

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Treat your loved ones to a special breakfast for St. Patrick’s Day!
{Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts they come from.}

Over The Rainbow In Love Breakfast

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Lucky Spinach Quiche

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Lucky Cereal

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Top O The Mornin’ Breakfast

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Green Pancakes

Lucky Gifts For St. Patrick’s Day

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I have never given gifts for St. Patrick’s Day but I’ve been inspired by Pinterest so I wanted to share the top 10 “Lucky” gifts I have found online. {Click pictures to be taken to the posts they come from.}

“Lucky In Love” Card

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Teacher Gift Idea

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Lucky Necklace

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Card With Lucky $2 Bill

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Lucky DIY Pillow

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DIY Bracelet

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Crochet some clovers

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Patties

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Love this non-edible gift idea for school friends

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Gold at the end of the rainbow

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

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Here are some great St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas for kids. {Click on pictures to be taken to the posts they come from}

Leprechaun Paper Plate Masks

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Lucky Handprint Craft

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Shamrock Man

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Noodle Rainbow

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Shamrock Collage

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Handprint Rainbow and Pot of Gold

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Crafts & Decorations

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Here are some great St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas for moms.

{Click on pictures to be taken to the posts they come from}

St. Patrick's Day Subway Art

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"LUCK" Blocks

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Shamrock Wreath

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Paper Crafts

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Leprechaun Hats

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Lucky Rainbow

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Luck {made from scrabble tiles}

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Rainbow Wreath

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

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Enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day themed desserts I found around the web!

Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts they come from.

Mint Chocolate Brownies

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Rainbow Cake In A Jar

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Shamrock Pretzels

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Layered Cake

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Shamrock Mint Oreos

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Caramel & Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

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Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

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Grasshopper Tart

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Rainbow Jello

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Shamrock Trifle

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Find more top 10 lists at OhAmanda

My Little Leprechaun

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Jacob ~8 months

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Linky Love- St. Patty’s Edition (3/14)

FOR CHILDREN:

*Love this St. Patrick’s Day themed sensory tub from ‘No Time For Flashcards’

*Five Green Shamrocks poem and template outline (great toddler/preschool idea)

*Great post from ‘Make and Takes’ called ‘Little Lucky Leprechaun Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day‘. I think we will be making the Pot of Gold :)

FOR EVERYONE:

*St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes from ‘Hoosier Homemade’. These aren’t just any cupcakes though- check out how she puts flavor and color on the inside of the cupcakes. Never seen that done before but so creative!

*While we are talking about Liz from ‘Hoosier Homemade’ you should check out her decorations post. I love the St. Patty’s Day garland.

*’Roots and Wings Co.’ blog has a great idea for Saint Patrick’s Day called “I am lucky” in which their family members write things they are lucky for (similar to thinking about what we are thankful for on Thanksgiving).

*Love this decoration from ‘The Busy Blaine’s’.