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10 Ways to Make Today Magical

Happy Monday!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day, too, for that matter.  Happy everything!

Here’s a few ways to make a little magic today or sometime this week with your kiddos……….

1.  Do some rainy day art with food coloring and cardstock.  If you can’t get some rain, let the kids fake it with a squirt bottle or puddle splashing nearby.  Little Page Turners has the instructions and tips.

2.  Do some spring nature studies.  Call some worms underground, start garden plants from kitchen scraps, test your soil’s pH with vinegar or otherwise work a little science into the season.  Here are links to those and other fun spring nature study activities.

3.  Create a family mural.  I am in love with this idea and this art from the amazing Kirsten Rickert.  Visit her blog for the full post and instructions (and lots more wonderful inspiration!).

4.  Wait for a wonderfully windy day and blow bubbles like crazy.  Here’s a picture of us from a few years ago.  It’s also fun to do this on a grassy expanse by evening traffic.  We’ve always delighted at the expressions on passing motorists stuck in traffic when deluged with bubbles being blown by happy children.  🙂

10 Ways to Make Today Magical

5.  Do freeze dancing to Irish music (or any fun music).  You can do this in honor of St. Patrick’s Day today or you can use any theme you like.  Put on a CD (or find some good songs on you-tube) and have the kids all dance wildy.  Every time you hit pause, they have to freeze in place.

6.  Paint some walking sticks.  Head into nature and find some big, suitable sticks, bring them home and make them beautiful.  They can jazz up the yard in between nature hikes.

7.  Sit together and do gratitude mandelas.  This lovely one is via Pinterest but I couldn’t find the original artist.  If you know, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

8.  Make grapevine wreaths and crowns.  Here are the simple instructions, courtesy of myself and Victoria a few years back.

9.  Go for a walk in the rain.  Mist counts.  After the rain counts.  Just wearing a fun raincoat on an overcast day counts.  🙂

10.  Only clean the green things today.  Go through the house together and put away anything green, scrub anything green and otherwise just give a little love to all things green.  If you like, do red tomorrow, black the next day and so on.

And for a little Muppet fun this St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a version of Danny Boy that always makes me grin.

And with that, I’m off to the wilds of South Dakota with any number of small and large children for the day.

Have a magical week!


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day From the Muppets!

Here’s a hilarious version of “Danny Boy” in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  Enjoy!

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun

If you put everything off till the last minute the way I do, these links might be helpful in throwing together some St. Patty’s Day fun…

3D Tissue Paper Shamrock from Crafts by Amanda

Seventeen ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the kids (from me, with a couple of ideas swiped from this week’s ways to make the day magical)

Find a backwards letter to print from a mischievous leprechaun and all sorts of whimsical idea at Busy Bees.

In the meantime, Happy Tuesday!

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun

It’s almost time for the wearing of the green!

Here are some ideas on how to mark the day…

    • Challenge the kids to help you make (and eat) an all green meal.
    • Search the house for green papers of all sorts (flyers, parts of magazine pages, bits of labels, etc.) and cut them into shapes.  Cut a piece of construction paper or cardboard into a large shamrock shape and have the kids use a paintbrush with watered down white glue to decoupage it with the green papers.  The more variety of scraps you can find, the better.
    • Use green eye shadow to give everybody fun "leprechaun cheeks."  Just brush on green circles on the apples of their cheeks.
    •  Cut circles and thin rectangles from green construction paper and let little ones glue them into shamrock shapes on paper (3 or 4 circles make the clover, the rectangle makes the stem).
    • Cook an Irish meal together.  This site has lots of tasty sounded recipes.  
    • It’s so much bother to clean, but it’s not much trouble at all to only clean the green things.  Go through the house together in search of only green items to pretty up.  Polish, dust, arrange, put away and generally pamper any object you find with a bit of green on it.  Challenge the children to find the funniest, tiniest or most green things to clean. 
    • And here’s a little leprochaun song to sing together…

      Sung to "I’m a Little Teapot"

      I’m a little leprechaun
      Dressed in green,
      The tiniest man
      That you have ever seen.
      If you ever catch me, so it’s told,
      I’ll give you my pot of gold.

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