By Deanna Talwalkar


Leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, Irish blessings – what’s not to love about St. Patrick’s Day?  Plus, it’s a great excuse to party in the middle of March.  Include kids in the St. Patrick’s Day fun by celebrating the holiday with a couple of these fun St. Patrick’s ideas for kids.

Rainbow Fruit Jello
Since rainbows are synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, rainbow treats made out of fruit are a healthy treat for the holiday.  Rainbow Sparkling Fruit Jello Cups are a fun way to serve up the rainbow for kids.  Plus, the jello cups are made with ginger ale, which kids will love! 

2 Envelopes Gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/3 cup sugar
1  1/2 cups of ginger ale
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped raspberries/strawberries
2 oranges, peeled & chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pineapple
2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup blueberries
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped purple grapes

Instructions: Chop fruit and layer it in 8 small 4 ounce juice cups in this order: raspberries, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, then purple grapes.
Pour gelatin and cold water into a small saucepan.  Let sit for about 2 minutes.  Add sugar to saucepan and heat over medium high heat until the gelatin has dissolved.  Do not bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and pour in ginger ale, stirring.
Pour over fruit.  I poured it to the top of each of the cups, let it pour to the bottom, then pour a little more in each cup.  Refrigerate for 3-4 hours for a soft set.  The jello will remain at a soft set with all the fruit in the cup.

Leprechaun Punch
Serve up a fun St. Patrick’s Day themed drink for an after-school snack or party drink.  This green Leprechaun Punch is a great addition to any St. Patrick’s Day menu.  With just a few simple ingredients it’s a punch that your kids will request to have over and over again. Makes 2 large servings or 4 small servings.

2 cups Lemon Lime Kool Aid
6 oz Pineapple Juice
8 oz Lemon Lime Soda

Instructions: Prepare Kool Aid as directed on package.  Stir Kool Aid, Pineapple Juice and Soda together.  Serve over ice.  Squeeze a little fresh lime juice in punch right before serving.

Craft Time
You know why Leprechauns are so fun at St. Patrick’s Day?  Kids love finding all the naughty things sneaky Leprechauns do!  These Leprechaun Poppers are a fun craft filled with Rainbow Skittles! Leave them around your house for kids to discover or make them and deliver them to friends!
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Paper towel rolls cut in 2-inch section
Tissue paper
Construction paper in green, black & yellow
Craft glue and small brush
Twine or ribbon
Skittles candy