Last weekend, my kids spent an afternoon at my mom and stepfather’s house. Each time the boys visit, my mom usually has some kind of craft planned. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, this time was no different…
On this visit, my mom (“Mimi” to them) taught them about Ireland and came up with a fun craft idea for St. Patrick’s Day…
First, she shared one of her books about Ireland’s thatched-roof cottages. Then she helped them build one from a box.
They used a broom for the roof and glued on windows and a door. My older son worked very hard to give the effect of a shadow on the red door by coloring the top black. Overall, they were happy with the results but my detail-oriented mom wished she had provided a shorter box to match the one story cottage. She thought the cottage was a little tall. The boys didn’t care. They loved working on it anyway.
While the boys created the cottage, my mom explained the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day. For extra ambiance, she played Irish music in the background.
She shared her Ireland travel experiences and how she and my stepfather visited his Irish family there. She even gave the boys some Irish coins but they left them over her house. They keep reminding me that we have to go back and get them “as soon as possible”!
And during this Ireland-immersion afternoon, Mimi was sure to provide a snack!
What is more appropriate than Irish soda bread?
Of course, it was a huge hit with my older son so we had to take the rest home. For some reason, my younger son was not as thrilled. Apparently, he he was expecting it to be more like cake!
I would share the recipe with you but Mimi cheated and bought this at the grocery store. Though, I have to tell you, I tried it and it was delicious! No reason to waste time baking!
It was a wonderful afternoon for the boys…and for Mimi! Thanks Mom!
Have you thought of any fun craft ideas for St. Patrick’s Day?
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