That may be because March 17 comes with so many educational and fun traditions. Celebrate with your child this year through:

History. Tell your child that St. Patrick was a real man who was very important to the Irish people. Use a world map to show your child where you live and where St. Patrick lived. St. Patrick’s followers often wore shamrocks, or three-leaf clovers.

Food. Corned beef, cabbage, and boiled potatoes make up a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal. Not your style? Eat green foods instead. Add green food coloring to pudding or whipped cream. And don’t forget the healthiest green foods—vegetables!

Pretend. Kids who love make-believe will enjoy the story of the leprechaun. Leprechauns, in Irish folklore, were tiny men who hid pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. If you caught a leprechaun, he had to take you to his gold.

Use this story to help your child practice following directions. Wrap a small treat in gold paper and hide it in your house. Give your child directions to help him find the treat. “Walk into the den and look under something green.”

Books. Try Hooray for Saint Patrick’s Day by Joan Holub, Saint Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting, or Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson.

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