St. Patrick’s Day Snacks

Our cook makes a very special lunch on St. Paddy’s Day – green macaroni and cheese, just add green food coloring to the mixture. We also have green Jell-O and green juice. Just before lunch we read “Green Eggs and Ham” we have been doing this for 20 years, the kids have always loved it!

First, you make a rainbow out of construction paper. For the pot of gold you get a cupcake holder gold one then you fill them up with corn pops cereal.

I take shamrock material and cut it into squares. I then fill t with a little handful of M&Ms or sweet tarts, whatever works for you. Then tie off the top with a nice green ribbon. This works nice since you can’t find much Candy out there for St. Patrick’s day. I like to put it in their grab bags to go home from the party we have each year. Also works well for any holiday!

Every St. Patrick’s Day the children make Leprechaun Lures. We get shoe boxes from local stores and the children use paint, glitter, gold foil , green paper to decorate it anyway they like. We put a toilet paper roll in a hole in the top for a chimney and cut a door out for him (shoebox is upside down). Each child makes their own to take home but we make a “class” lure for use on St. Patrick’s Day. We put it in our Meeting room and sneak back to see if we can catch a glimpse of him, (another teacher has gone in and put some gold foil chocolate coins inside while we are in our room). We “see” him running away quickly and check the box where we find enough gold for all the children. As we walk back to our room there is green glitter (again another teacher) in a trail leading to our refrigerator. We follow the trail and when we open the refrigerator we notice that the Leprechaun has turned our apple juice green because we took his gold! The children love it and say they really saw him “run away”. We then eat the chocolate and drink the leprechaun juice for snack. They talk about it for days and some children remember it for years!

Sprinkle green sugar on miniature marshmallows. Tell the kids the Little Green men got scared and dropped their green dust on them. Eat for a snack!

Empty a box of lime Jell-O (it is white prior to mixing) into a jar with holes at the top( I found one at the Dollar Store). Slice apples making sure each is slightly damp. I wrap green paper around the jar with “Leprechaun Dust” written on it. After searching for the jar, each student sprinkles some dust on their apples. Once the Jell-o hits the wet apples, it turns green.


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