Happy St. Patty’s day! This holiday, for many anyway, tends to involve more adult-friendly activities. (Read: green beer, green cocktails, etc.) But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to celebrate with your kids, too.
If you’re anything like us, you probably enjoy celebrating holidays with special variations of our favorite thing — food. With that in mind, then, we’ve gone through and selected some of the tastiest, kid-friendly, St. Patrick’s-themed dishes for you to try with your little ones.
1.Irish beef stew. While most Irish stews tend to include lamb, this may be a safer bet for picky eaters. This recipe does include alcohol, but it should cook off enough to be safe for kids to consume. The author has some good suggestions in the comments if you’re worried about including alcohol for any reason.
2. DIY pot of gold. This one really involves no culinary skills at all, unless you consider opening a pack of Rolo candies to be a culinary skill.
3. Rainbow Jello mold. If you’re capable of making Jello, you’ll be equipped to make this rainbow masterpiece. It will, however, be something of a time commitment. If you want your kids to be able to eat this one on St. Patrick’s Day, it might work better to do a little work on this one the night before.
4. S’more leprechaun hats. These might be the cutest item on the list, although it’s a pretty close call. With chocolate-coated fudge stripe cookies and marshmallows, it requires fairly few materials, and your kids should be able to help you construct the hats.
6. Shamrock pretzels. Pretzels and candy — you can’t go wrong here. If you’re a perfectionist, this recipe may not be for you. These pretzels need to be placed pretty accurately so the candy coating will harden and bond them together. It might be difficult for smaller fingers, but it’s sure to be a good time.
7. Twizzler rainbows. Again, an option that requires no culinary skills. Throw in some Rolos as gold, and these will make perfect treats for your kids to pass out to friends or classmates.
8. Lucky Charms pancakes. Can’t decide between green pancakes or Lucky Charms? Easy. Do both.
9. Shamrock shakes. You could, of course, hit up the McDonald’s drive thru for these, but where’s the fun in that? Making festive milkshakes should be relatively easy, and it’s a memory your kids will have forever.
10. Irish potato soup. This is pretty much just your classic potato soup to follow up your day of sweet treats. But hey, add some green food coloring if you’d like it to be more festive!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from American Adoptions!