By Nancy A. Cavanaugh

St. Patrick's Day Crafts & Recipes

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St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, a former slave who converted to Christianity and drove the snakes out of Ireland, who died on March 17, 461. The tradition came to the United States in 1737 with the first celebration in Boston. Today we celebrate the day by wearing green, having parades and eating Irish foods. Here are a few crafts and recipes to help you feel Irish....

Shamrock Greeting Card

What You Need:
  • Newspaper
  • Paintbrush
  • White construction paper
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Candy hearts (three are needed for each shamrock)
  • Markers
  • Craft glue
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

What to Do:
1. Cover your work area with newspaper. Paint one side of the candy hearts and the edges with the green paint. Allow to dry completely. (You can use either size candy hearts, though the larger ones may be easier for small hands to paint.)

2. Fold the construction paper into fourths to create the card. Unfold.

3. Write the text for the card with markers

4. Glue two or three sets of three green hearts together (unpainted side down) so the sides and points touch to form a shamrock shape on the white construction paper. Allow to dry completely.

5. With the pipe cleaner, create a stem and leaves for your shamrock, then glue onto the card. Allow to dry completely.

Handy Leprechauns

       What You Need:
  • White construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Crayons or color pencils
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

What to Do:
1. Make a fist with your pinky and thumb sticking out (this forms the elf ears), then lightly trace around your hand with a pencil to create the head. Trace over the line with a black marker.

2. Draw a face on the palm area with the marker, then a hat onto the top of the head. Color using crayons or color pencils. (You can also draw and color a body if there’s room on the paper.)

3. Cut it out and hang on the wall.

Shamrock Shakes

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups lime sherbet
  • 2 bananas (peeled)

Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and mix together. You can add a drop or two of food coloring to make it greener.

St. Paddy’s Day Pie

  • 2 boxes pistachio pudding
  • Milk as directed on the box
  • Container of whipped cream
  • Pre-made graham cracker pie shell

1. Make the pudding following the directions on the box. (If you don’t like pistachio, you can make regular vanilla pudding and color it with a few drops of green food coloring.)

2. Add the container of whipped cream to the pudding.

3. Fill the pie shell with the pudding mixture and refrigerate until ready to eat. (You can use mini pie shells if you’re working with a group so everyone can have her own pie.)

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