Our family has a strong Irish heritage (my family & my husband’s family originated in Ireland) so St. Patrick’s Day is always a fun one for us! We decided to take a simple route for our St. Patrick’s Day celebration last year since we were expecting our 3rd child & I was exhausted. Our week consisted of handprint crafts, baking, and a different Irish meal each night. The kids loved the St. Patrick’s Day crafts & the cookies while Husband and I really enjoyed eating traditional Irish fare. If you would like to try out one of our favorite crafts & the kids’ favorite dessert then keep reading, friend!
St. Patrick’s Day Craft- Handprint 4-Leaf Clover
- Green Finger Paint
- Paper plate
- Small Paint Brush
- Child-sized hands 😉
- If you don’t have a long sheet (legal or longer) of paper then you can do what I did and tape two 8.5×11 sheets together.
- Pour a small amount of paint into the paper plate.
- Let your child dip his/her palm into the paint OR you can use a brush to paint his/her hand. We chose the latter (cleaner) method.
- Press your child’s hand down onto the paper at an angle (middle finger pointed toward the corner of the paper).
- Lift up and move to the next position–>middle finger pointed toward the next corner.
- Do this until you have 4 handprints that resemble a 4-leaf clover.
- Now you can let your child finger paint a stem at the bottom.
- Have your kiddo sign & date the artwork (after washing hands, of course) & you are finished!
St. Patrick’s Day Recipe- Shamrock Green Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or grease it.
- Cream butter & sugar together then add in the egg.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.
- Add green food coloring if you like. (I skipped this and just used sprinkles)
- Roll into balls & coat with granulated sugar & green sprinkles
- Place onto the baking sheet & bake for 8-10 minutes.