I have to admit, all growing up, I never really saw the draw around St. Patrick’s Day. It was a day you tried to remember to wear green and that was about it. Then, I had Titan. A very literal little man who we are trying to expose to more fun, magic, and creativity. So now we try to have a little more fun with it in our house! 🙂
We started off the morning with a quick scavenger hunt that the leprechaun left for us. (You can find these printable clues on the Five Little Chefs site.)
That is, after I pointed out the first clue to Titan. When he walked into my room in the morning for our morning snuggle and talk, he was not his usually happy and bright eyed self. He looked kind of annoyed. I asked him what was wrong and he said, “Well, you said it was St. Patrick’s Day today but I don’t see anything like from a leprechaun or any of that?” I quickly pointed out the first clue to the scavenger hunt which was right by my computer (because I know that’s his first stop in the mornings) and his face lit right up!! So off on the scavenger hunt we went. I was surprised at how fast Titan navigated the clues once I read them. (Which prompted a mental note on my part to make a goal to have him reading all his own clues by next year!)
The tricky leprechaun has us going all around the house!
Until, finally, the last clue lead us to the fridge and to Titan’s surprise. Some goodies, some Skylanders stickers, and a Skylanders wallet.
Those last two items Titan had been asking for every time we walked by the Target Dollar Spot and I kept telling him no. Then, one day I was there by myself, all of the “black star” items were 70% off. So they were only $0.30 each. Done and done. That I can say yes too! 🙂
When Titan saw the Lucky Charms cereal he said, “I just knew the leprechaun would bring me that. In fact, I kept seeing it at the store and thinking I needed to wait to ask you for it until I saw if the leprechaun brought it on St. Patrick’s Day. And look, he did!”
The leprechaun also left a note for us to go get a yummy sugar cookie from Kneaders. I thought we’d be able to find four leaf clovers (in the form of sugar cookies, of course) when we got there but they just had normal ones. Luckily Titan was so happy just to be getting a sugar cookie (and one of the jumbo ones at a that) that he didn’t care.
We love us a visit to Kneaders!!
“Look Mom, they have JUMBO ones!”
Naturally, we got our cookie to go. Mr. Time Management had other plans on his mind for the afternoon and so he said it would be silly to sit there just to eat a cookie. He then politely asked the girl to put it in a “To Go” bag. 🙂
The best part of the day was when Titan said that the leprechaun who left the clues and surprise wasn’t very smart. I asked him why and he said because some of the clues were off. Like for “where you put your dirty clothes” he thought the next clue should have been by the washing machine and not his dirty clothes hamper. And for “what you use to cook food”, he thought the next clue should have been in the oven or microwave and not by the pots and pans. He also thought it was inconsiderate of the leprechaun to leave us gold chocolate coins and not real coins for us Kneaders excursion, “Don’t they know you have to pay with REAL money? Not chocolate?” (Like I said, he’s definitely our literal little man!)
…and that was our St. Patrick’s Day. Fun and easy thanks to a quick internet search, Kneaders Bakery and the Target Dollar Spot!
What does your family do for St. Patrick’s Day??
I see a lot of families making “traps” with their kids and I was thinking if I’m more on the ball next year we might add that to our fun! 🙂