Happy St. Patrick’s Day from SFTA!

St. Patty's Day

I’m a Little Shamrock (to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”) 

“I’m a little shamrock, (Hold fingers close together to represent something tiny).
See my leaves. (Peek through your fingers).
Count my petals, if you please. (Symbolize counting on fingers).
If you give me water and lots of sun, (Pretend to pour water).
I’ll bring you good luck and lots of fun! (Smile and cheer).”

-Author Unknown

St. Patrick’s Day has its own history, but like many holidays, this one has evolved into a million other traditions and many families celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in their own unique way, from singing songs, like the one above, to family meals of corned beef and cabbage. My mother always started our St. Patrick’s Day off by reading the Dr. Seuss book, “Green Eggs and Ham,” and dyed our morning eggs and milk green; cute, but not the most appetizing breakfast now that I am grown.

What if instead of dying your eggs green for St. Patrick’s Day you GO GREEN? Not only is it a great way to celebrate the day, it is a chance to teach the children (and adults) in your life how to conserve our energy and resources and how to give back to nature every day!

Here are a few ideas with links to more information to help you get started:

Grow: To stay in the St. Patrick’s Day theme, why not plant some shamrocks, or a little “leprechaun garden” in your backyard or at a windowsill. Talk about what the plants need to grow, and how different plants help us too—such as trees give us oxygen, and the foods we eat grow from the ground.

Conserve: Turn off the lights and unplug! Step away from your electronics and use natural light to prep for naptime or during a sunny day. Light a candle at night and have a St. Patrick’s Day shadow puppet show, or read a St. Patrick’s Day book. Talk about why it is good to conserve energy.

The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. What St. Patrick’s Day crafts can you make from things you have around the house? Cut a bell pepper in half and make shamrock paint prints, build a “leprechaun house” from shoe boxes, scraps of fabric, and whatever else you have at hand. There are tons of options out there, including these and these.

Make & Munch: Make a St. Patrick’s Day meal together and talk about how things like fruits and vegetables grow. Keep it green-themed if you like (kiwis, cucumbers, pesto, salad, etc.), or make some Irish soda bread from scratch. Discuss how growing your own food and making more meals at home reduces the wasteful packaging that comes from buying pre-wrapped foods at grocery stores and at fast food restaurants. Make a plan to start a vegetable garden together, or pick at least one night a week to eat waste free!

For even more ideas for going green on St. Patrick’s Day, or any day, visit:
Kids Be Green
The Green Mama: Green Your Daycare 101
Environmental Education for Kids (WI DNR)

Going green for St. Patty’s is only one idea, and there are many out there. However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, whether it is with shamrock crafts and leprechaun songs, searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or tasty green St. Patrick’s Day treats, we hope it is a great one, and encourage you to share your family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day traditions with us.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!