You will need:
Snack size Ziploc baggies
Skittles (enough for the colors in the rainbow!) Poem below!
Look—–It’s a rainbow!
A colorful treat!
A leprechaun left it
Just for you to eat!
1 tube cool-wipe, 1 box pistachio pudding
Let the students spoon a small amount of Cool Whip into a bowl. Next, sprinkle magic dust (dry pistachio pudding mix) over the bowl. The students then mix it all together. Since the pudding mix is white, the mixture turns green upon mixing. The children are amazed but it. They really enjoy the eating part, also!
On St. Patrick’s Day I prepare a “surprise” leprechaun snack. I take a box of instant pistachio pudding and add milk. The children are amazed when the white powder of the instant pudding turns green while it is being stirred. They love the surprise pudding snack.
We took clear Dixie cups and covered them in foil then took pipe cleaners and made a handle. (note: You will need to punch the holes in yourself it’s kind of hard to hole punch in the cup so do it ahead of time) We then filled our pots with Trix cereal. Then we had a pot of gold of our own. The kids loved this!!!
Bake chocolate cupcakes either in St. Patrick’s Day cupcake liners, or (preferably) simply spray the tins to bake without a liner. When completely cooled, use a melon baller to scoop out the center of the cupcake about one inch deep. Fill with Capt’n Crunch cereal (looks like gold nuggets). Finish with a licorice whip (left out for a day or two to harden — it doesn’t work well if it is too floppy!) onto which you string Fruit Loops in a rainbow pattern enough to resemble a rainbow over the “pot of gold”. The entire thing is edible.
For St. Patrick’s Day, or even if we are doing the color “green”, we had a green day. We gave each child a store bought sugar cookie and each one a bit of green icing and a plastic knife. The children got to ice their cookies. We also served green kool-aid and green Jell-O. It was a big hit!
For St. Patrick’s Day we made green leprechaun pudding for a snack. We made vanilla pudding and added “secret green leprechaun” drops and took turns using a hand-cranked egg beater to see the results. The 3-year olds were excited to see their vanilla pudding turning green! We also had a taste of Irish soda bread with the pudding!
For St. Patrick’s Day, we baked scones. It was very simple…2c. self-rising flour, 1/2 c. milk, 3tbs butter or margarine & a dash of salt. Bake @425 F for 12-15 min. I had the children take turns scooping the flour (I use a 1/2c. or 1/4 c. measuring cup so I could ‘stretch’ the turns). The children loved squishing all the ingredients together. Flour up a very clean table or pastry board & let them have a ball rolling & kneading. We cut our scones w/ different shaped cookie cutters. Terrific snack w/ jam & finished off w/ ‘green’ milk by adding a few drops of green food coloring.
2 biscuits per child green sugar (use green food coloring and add to regular sugar stir)
Take the biscuits (I use canned ones) and tear them in half. Place three of the pieces together to form a shamrock and use the other one to roll into a stem. Sprinkle the sugar on top and bake. You have green shamrock biscuits.
Rainbow Toast Give each child a slice of white bread. Have ready several small containers of milk to which you have added food coloring. We usually use margarine tubs, and offer the children blue, red, green, yellow and purple. Each child can brush colored mile on the slice of bread, in stripes or a rainbow arc, using a pastry brush or new watercolor brush. Then place in toaster. Bread comes out colored and can be eaten with butter and jam. (Butter can be tinted green for fun.)