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St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Adventure

March 12, 2015

By Jessica Vician

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Adventure | Try these DIY activities with your kids to create a magical leprechaun adventure for St. Patrick's Day.

According to Irish legend, leprechauns worked very hard as cobblers and craft specialists, earning a lot of gold. But they were very thrifty, and it’s said that leprechauns would bury their gold in pots at the end of the rainbow.

The legend says that if you catch a leprechaun—which would take a very smart person because leprechauns are clever—you can ask him where he hid his gold and he must tell you the truth.

St. Patrick’s Day can be a magical holiday for your kids with the mystery and wonder of these old Irish tales. This year, why not expand on this magic and send your kids on a treasure-hunting adventure? They can help you with some of the crafts this weekend, and you can arrange the rest on Monday night so they wake up to the fun Tuesday morning. If your kids are in school already, then arrange the crafts while they’re away so they can hunt when they get home.

Here are the DIY crafts you’ll need to prepare this St. Patrick-themed leprechaun adventure.

  • Leprechaun footprints. Leave a trail to where the leprechaun may be hiding.
  • Leprechaun trap. Encourage your kids to design their own leprechaun trap this weekend. Before they wake up on St. Patrick’s Day (or once they return from school), move the trap to the end of the trail you created with the Leprechaun footprints. 
  • Create a handprint rainbow that leads to gold. Make the rainbow with the kids this weekend, then put it above the leprechaun trap on St. Patrick’s Day so that the trap appears to be at the end of the rainbow.
  • Turn your child into a leprechaun. Print a photo and follow these directions. When they find the trap after following the footprints, your kids will be surprised to see that one of them is actually a leprechaun! Giggles should ensue.
  • Dig for coins. Make this shaving cream and green food coloring concoction for your kids to dig through once they find the end of the rainbow and leprechaun trap at the treasure hunt’s end. For effect, it’s a good idea to have a pot full of gold chocolate coins as a fun reward once the kids have cleaned up from the shaving cream.

For more St. Patrick’s Day crafts and activities, visit our St. Patrick’s Day Activities Pinterest board.


8 Valentine's Day DIY Crafts

February 6, 2015

By Jessica Vician

8 Valentine's Day DIY Crafts | Try some of these DIY Valentine's Day crafts with your kids this weekend. | An illustration of two characters with hearts floating between them.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner—can you believe it? At YOU Parent, we include our kids in as many holiday activities as possible to up the fun factor. Try some of these DIY crafts with your kids this weekend.

Valentine's Day Décor
When your kids help you make the holiday décor, they’ll take pride in the house and their contributions to the decorations.

Valentine’s Day Cards
Instead of purchasing cards, let your kids make their Valentine’s Day cards to share in the classroom. These unique options should be a hit with classmates.

Check out our Valentine’s Day Activities Pinterest board for more ideas.

Tags :  holidayactivitiesfamily funDIY

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Education

January 19, 2015
Illustration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his quote, "The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence + character-- that is the goal of true education."
Illustration by Leah VanWhy.
Tags :  cultureholidayeducation

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014
Happy New Year 2015 | Green fireworks explode behind the text.
Illustration by Dex Gonzalez.
Tags :  holiday

Bring the Kwanzaa Principles to Your Family

December 30, 2014

By Jessica Vician

Bring the Kwanzaa Principles to Your Family | Happy Kwanzaa illustration with the candles, presents, and fruits.

From December 26 through January 1, many African-Americans celebrate Kwanzaa. Taking place over seven days, each day focuses on a principle that reflects tradition and reason and celebrates the culture’s African heritage.

Use this opportunity to bring the holiday’s principles into your New Year as you continue the holiday spirit through practicing compassion toward others and honoring your strengths as an individual, as a family, and as a community. Here are three principles that might resonate well with your children.

Unity. This principle is rooted in the belief that we are all united. In fact, it stems from an African saying, “I am We” or “I am because We are.” Talk to your children about your family, your community, and the connections that bind you all together. Share your family’s history. Did your family come from Africa, Europe, Asia, South or Central America? Are you native to the United States? Explain your ancestry to your children to help them understand their heritage and take pride in it. Help your children see how fluid the world is, always changing and moving, but always connected. 

Self-Determination. Teach your children the importance of speaking for themselves and determining their own paths in life. There are many children’s movies that feature a main character finding his or her own path and standing up for his or her personal beliefs. Watch the movie with your children and talk to them afterward about those lessons.

Creativity. Help your children understand that as humans, we must help better and beautify our communities through our talents and contributions. If you live in a warmer climate, demonstrate this principle by planting flowers or a tree. In cooler climates, create snow sculptures or work together to make blankets for senior citizens or the homeless. Remind your children that caring for their surroundings and community and bringing beauty to the world is important.

These are only three of the seven Kwanzaa principles, which also include Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, and Faith, all of which you can incorporate into your family’s life.

Tags :  holidaycultureacademicsocial
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