Wednesday, March 11, 2009

invite a leprechaun for st. patrick's day

The leprechauns paid a little visit to our house and dyed the milk green!


First he came across the kitchen floor,


then up the front of the refrigerator. . .


and the next thing we knew, our milk was green!


Okay, so we staged this a little early in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, but just so we could show you how to invite your own leprechaun for a secret visit this year. We used a little tempura paint to create the footprints using the sides of each hand, plus a finger for the little toes. Do this just before your kids come down for breakfast so it doesn't dry there too long. We wiped it up easily with water, but we don't know how well it will come off if you leave it too long. If you're worried about using paint, try this recipe for washable finger paint. Then you can let your kids play with the leftover paint.

Next we added some green food coloring to the milk. This was a huge hit with the kids! They couldn't believe a leprechaun sneaked in to play a little trick. This would be a great way to introduce a little treasure hunt around the house to find the leprechaun--and his gold!

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15 Responses to “invite a leprechaun for st. patrick's day”

Astrid said...

What fun!!! We just did green eggs (and regular ol' bacon) to celebrate Dr. Seuss. I bet my girls would giggle over green milk. :)

Ashlee said...

We did this one year at a day care I worked out. It really freaked out the kids and they cried for a good half hour! I think I will hold off until my kids get a little older :)

My Precious Peanut Designs said...

Cute idea! Some of my son's school teachers have done cute things like this before. But now that I homeschool I guess it's up to me to come up with something fun!

Jess B said...

We did this one year, minus the footprints. The leprecchaun hid shamrocks (printed on green paper) all over the house (that I was still finding two weeks later!), made green cake with green frosting and green mashed potatoes for supper. He even made green juice!

A little creativity in where you're putting a dash of green food coloring can make memories that last forever. My kids were 3 and 4 and are now 6 and 7 and STILL talk about the year the leprechaun came and turned everything green.

chermonblie said...

Super cute idea!! I'll have to save this one for next year!

Mercedes said...

I love this idea! I am so going to us it. I love St. Paddy's ideas. It seems that many people forget this holiday.
As kids we also set our shoes outside the door for the leprachuns. They would leave us small goodies. Usually green. : ) Also part of our room would have been disorganized by the leprachuns. What fun!

Michelle@Everyday Celebrating said...

ADORABLE!!!!! I'm saving this for when my son is old enough to understand. LOL

Ricardo Cabeza said...

VintageCotton.com is running a special where you get a free Drunk Leprechaun St. Patrick's Day T-shirt when you buy another Irish t-shirt! http://www.VintageCotton.com

michelle said...

THAT is so fun!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

NEAT! I am gonna feature YOU this weekend.

Linda

Bren Yule said...

When my kids were young I did the green milk thing (but love the footprints idea!) I also had the whole meal green! It was wierd but fun...I colored spaghetti noodles with green food coloring in the water too! Green alfredo sauce, and Green Choc chip cookies with green sprinkles! They loved it!

Yarni Gras! said...

how cute! I read online where a guy put a green food coloring tablet between the faucet spout and washer.
That way, when he turned on the kitchen sink, the water came out green....ha!

KC said...

We recently did the Green Eggs and Ham but didn't even think to do green milk. Funny, I also saw a blog recently where they did a whole rainbow of colored milk. Pretty neat.

Oh, yeah, I'm nominating for a blog award. I just got one today, so I'm sharing the love with you now. If you'd like to play along it's at http://growinginpeace.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/i-feel-so-specialnow-who-can-i-share-the-love-with/

poopsy said...

You know how some people just don't deserve to have kids? And then there are some people who are so awesome, they deserve to have MY kids? You are definitely one of the latter. Your family must be making such fun memories!

Eleana said...

That is so great! I'm glad I came across your site from the UBP :o)

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