Shamrock Cookies

Tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day. Here is a basic rolled out sugar cookie recipe to make shamrock-shaped cookies with the little ones in your care. Remember kids enjoy helping make cookies as much as eating them, so let them help make the cookies. You Will Need: 3 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt1 […]

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are marked with a cross on the top. I have always associated them with Saint Patrick’s Day but my research shows that they are traditionally served on Good Friday and Easter morning. Here’s how I made these buns I found on the Taste of Home web site. You Will Need: 2 packages […]

Shamrock Lacing Cards

Saint Patrick’s Day Fun It is Saint Patrick’s Day! We are making these shamrock lacing cards today to celebrate the Irish holiday. I used cardboard but you can use heavyweight craft paper too. Try using different sized Shamrocks for the little ones to lace as well. You Will Need: Cardboard Box Shamrock Cookie Cutter or […]

Follow the Leprechaun Footprints

Creative Saint Patrick’s Day Fun Here’s a fun activity the kids will love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. All you need to do is cut out foot prints from green construction paper or spray your footprints in the snow with green water. Then hide small treasures of gold coin candy around the house or yard. Sprinkle the footprints as a trail […]

“How to Catch a Leprechaun” and Make a Leprechaun Trap

Weekly Trip to the Library Irish folklore describes leprechaun as little fairies. Legend says they keep pots of gold at the ends of rainbows. Every Saint Patrick’s Day my Nanny Kids and I make leprechaun traps along with thousands of kids around the world. How to Catch a Leprechaun is a perfect children’s book for […]

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Cooking for Kids Shepherd’s Pie has always been a staple of traditional Irish cooking. With Saint Patrick’s Day coming up there is no better time to make this nutritionally sound casserole. Traditionally the pie is made with ground lamb. But we used ground beef and you could substitute the recipe with ground chicken or turkey. Feel […]

Saint Patrick’s Day Sun Catchers

Creative Wednesdays My six-year-old Nanny Kid loves using Dot Markers to decorate coffee filters. They look so beautiful. So we decided to experiment with different shapes to make some decorations for Saint Patrick’s Day. We cut out shamrock shapes from the center of paper plates and circles from the centers of other plates. We snipped […]

Saint Patrick’s Day Pancakes

Cooking for Kids Saint Patrick’s Day is next week. Instead of buying green bagels for breakfast, I like making green pancakes for my Nanny Kids on Saint Patrick’s Day. I love using the colorful Lucky Charms cereal marshmallows to decorate pancakes for the kids. Simply use your favorite pancake mix to make this easy holiday […]

Leprechaun Paper Bag Puppets

Creative Wednesdays Even the most creative nannies need to go online to find resources for projects to do with the kids sometimes. This week I visited abcteach.com to find templates for leprechaun paper bag puppets to make with the kids. Just click this link to print four leprechauns and accesories includeing a harp, shamrock, and pot […]

10 Great Saint Patrick’s Day Children’s Books

Weekly Trip to the Library Saint Patrick’s Day observes the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green. […]