This week in Family Time, we focus on St. Patrick’s Day crafts, recipes and more. We’ll highlight some more Irish fun next week, too.
Thinking of getting a dog for your family? You might want to consider an Irish setter. Here is what you can expect from this breed:
Irish setters are energetic, intelligent, affectionate, high-spirited and full of energy. They have no guarding instincts, get along with other animals and are good with children. Irish setters are responsive yet sensitive. This breed can be giddy and high strung, while some are more reserved. It is very lovable and impulsive. Some are difficult to train, probably because of their independent spirit, but given firm handling and plenty of exercise, these dogs can be a joy to own. Train this breed firmly at an early age to prevent development of bad habits, as this breed tends to pick up bad habits quickly. It is important to train for good house manners. These dogs are said to be easily housebroken. The Irish setter is not recommended for apartment life and does best with a large yard. It is best suited to country rather than city life, as he has a high activity requirement and needs a lot of exercise. (www.dogbreedinfo.com)
Play Outside: St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt
What you need:
- Black pot
- Chocolate gold coins
- Green construction paper
What to do:
- Hide a pot filled with gold chocolate coins either inside or out, depending on the weather.
- Cut out several four-leaf clovers from green construction paper. Cut one clover larger than the others.
- Write clues leading up to the pot on the smaller clovers.
- On the large clover, write the first clue and place it under your child's breakfast dish. (FamilyFun.com)
Arts&Crafts Time: Lucky Charm
This shamrock goes great on your keychain or backpack. To watch a video of the craft and to see a picture of the completed project, go to http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10734.
What you need:
- Green polymer clay (one shade, or two partially blended to create a swirled effect)
- Paper clip
What to do:
- Roll three 1-inch-thick balls out of clay. Mold each ball into a heart-shaped leaflet, then smoosh together the pointed ends until they stick.
- Set one end of a paper clip atop the joined points (the other end should extend out as a stem would) and press a flattened bit of clay over it to seal it in.
- Now turn the shamrock over and etch a center crease in each leaflet with a pencil.
- Bake the clay according to the manufacturer's directions. Once the charm is cool, slide the paper clip end onto a split key ring. (FamilyFun.com)
Kids Kitchen: Clover Cookies
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Green food coloring
Measure the flour, baking soda and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Stir well and set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for about 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar, mixing well after each addition. The dough should be stiff. Add several drops of green food coloring. Knead the dough until the color is evenly distributed. (Make sure children wash their hands immediately after kneading--food coloring can be messy.) Gather the dough into two balls, flatten into disks beginning at the edge of the dough and working toward the center. Cover with plastic and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
After the dough has chilled, place one half on a large piece of plastic wrap, cover with another piece of plastic wrap and then roll until it is 1/4-inch thick. Lift off the top sheet of plastic wrap and cut out shamrocks, beginning at the edge of the dough and working toward the center. Place each shamrock on an ungreased baking sheet. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 8 minutes or until the edges begin to lightly brown. Remove to a rack to cool. For particularly festive shamrocks, decorate them with green candies or frosting. Makes about 34. (FamilyFun.com)
“The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever!” by Teddy Slater and Ethan Long (illustrator), 22 pages
Ages: 5 to 8
The St. Patrick's Day parade is off to a very fine start. / The Leprechaun family is marching with lots of heart! / Share in their dancing, share in their fun. / You'll have the luck of the Irish when this day is done!
Top o' the morning! It's March 17, and the Leprechauns are gathered for their favorite day of the year. Join them as they celebrate St. Patrick's Day with music, dancing, and a parade. Teddy Slater's delightful rhyming story is accompanied by lively illustrations from Ethan Long. (Barnes&Noble.com)
Tip of the Week: Wear Green
Pinching on St. Patrick’s Day still is a popular pastime among children (and some adults), so make sure your child has on some form of green on March 17.
Family Screening Room
This week in Family Screening Room, we take a look at some St. Patrick’s Day movies out on DVD, with descriptions from About.com:
“The Magical Legend Of The Leprechauns”
Hallmark movie. A businessman (Randy Quaid) rents a cottage on the magical Emerald Isle, which happens to be inhabited by leprechauns and fairies. One night at a party, a young leprechaun falls in love with a fairy princess. Their forbidden romance starts a war between the mythical communities. The businessman is chosen by the Grand Banshee (Whoopi Goldberg) to help bring peace to the island, which propels him into a wondrously fantastic adventure. Not rated (but approximately PG)
“A Very Unlucky Leprechaun”
Molly and her father have inherited a house in Ireland nicknamed "Misfortune Manor" (a house that brings misfortune to all residents). Soon Molly discovers a leprechaun living in the house, and she befriends him. Unfortunately he has no luck because he hasn't eaten a four-leaf clover in more than 100 years. When the bad luck begins to rub off on Molly, she gets into all kinds of trouble. She soon turns things around by growing a four-leaf clover so the leprechaun can use his magic. Rated PG
Twenty years after its opening on Broadway, the musical “Finian’s Rainbow” made its debut on film thanks to Francis Ford Coppola. The movie stars Fred Astaire as Irishman Finian McLonergan, who steals a pot of gold from the leprechaun Og (Tommy Steele) and, with his daughter Sharon (Petula Clark), brings it to Rainbow Valley in the fictional southern state of Missitucky. Rated G
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