I love cooking with my kids. However, what I love even more is that my 10-year-old daughter can make some of favorite desserts all by herself now. How cool is that! I was telling her that I was looking for a St. Patrick’s Day themed dessert to make and feature on the blog and she came up with a cute idea to add some Leprechaun charm to one of our favorite desserts – Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Mousse. One of our good friends made this recipe that we found on Pinterest and we have made it at least 10 times since.
It’s easy and no baking is involved so it’s perfect for cooking with the kids. It’s also incredibly tasty! You can find the recipe here at MyBakingAddiction.com.
But back to St. Patrick’s Day! To make this dessert more Holiday-ish, we added some Leprechaun flair by drawing shamrocks and Leprechaun faces on marshmallows with edible markers. We also dyed a marshmallow black to look like a pot created an indent in the top and added yellow M&M candies to make it look like a pot of gold.
All you need are regular size marshmallows, mini marshmallows, edible markers, black food coloring, and yellow M&M candies.
To make the Leprechauns, we made two versions – one where we just drew the face and hat on a regular size marshmallow. In the second version, we stuck a mini marshmallow on top of the regular sized one to make a hat. We then colored it black with the markers.
To make the pot of gold marshmallow, add black food coloring to a cup of water. Submerge the marshamllow in the water for a few minutes. The longer the time in the water, the darker the “pot.” We used black food coloring paste to get the marshmallow so dark. Regular liquid food coloring didn’t cover as well. After you’ve achieved the color black you want, dry the marshmallow for a few minutes on a paper towel. When dry, use your fingers to create an indent in the top of the marshmallow. Insert several yellow M&M candies in the indent to make it look like a pot of gold.
We also added green food coloring to our whip cream to add a colorful dollop to our dessert.
There you have it. A delicious dessert recipe to make with the kids and some crafty decorations to make it the perfect ending to a St. Patrick’s Day party or dinner celebration.
For more ideas check out my other recipes, crafts, and activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids or head over to my St. Patrick’s Day Board on Pinterest.
How do you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids?
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When the Leprechauns come, it’s a whole lot of fun. Why? Kids love mischief and St. Patrick’s Day is perfect for some Leprechaun-inspired shenanigans. You can be really creative with the idea that leprechauns play tricks on kids. After all, they are tiny, green, greedy, and grumpy.
At my daughter’s day care a few years ago, her very clever day care teacher decided to have the kids decorate the room for St. Patrick’s Day. When they came back the next morning, the “Leprechaun” had played a trick on them and shrunken all of the decorations to a tiny size. A year later, on St. Patrick’s Day, the kids found the Leprechaun’s pants, coat and underwear in the sandbox. In first grade, my daughter’s class made “traps” or little houses to catch the Leprechaun. However, “he” was too clever and replaced all of their traps with green hats.
Last year, my daughter wrote a note to a Leprechaun and put it outside by the mailbox. She was thrilled when “he” answered her letter and left a gold, half dollar coin. The following year, she built him a house.
Here are some other cute Leprechaun Shenanigan ideas that you can use to delight your kids.
Howdoesshe.com did a nice round-up of Leprechaun Traps to catch the sneaky little guy. Use cardboard, legos, popsicle sticks, and even PVC piping to catch yourself a green guy. I like the version from FamilyFun.com and Education.com.
Be Sneaky Good
Here is a St. Patrick’s Day family tradition idea I saw over at TipJunkie.com. What I love about it is that the kids get to be sneaky and tricky like a leprechaun, but all in the name of doing something nice for another person. Kids will love doing something nice for their siblings or classmates and seeing if they can guess who did it.
Leprechauns are tricksters and they don’t appreciate anyone trying to take their gold. So, sometimes they retaliate which cracks the kids up. A Differentiated Kindergarten blog does a cute job of destroying her house and leaving little green footprints behind as clues to the culprits. I love the footprints on the toilet.
GourmetMomontheGo.com did a super cute job of “vandalizing” her kids’ lunch. I love the tiny footprints on the sandwich that has been tasted.
I really liked this free printable for the game “Don’t Eat Lucky” from Pink Polka Dot Creations.
More Leprechaun Mischief
There are a lot of super creative Moms online having fun with Leprechaun mischief. I’ve seen posts where they turn their kids’ breakfast milk green, mess up the house, put clothes on their kids toys, turn the toilet water green, and run green ribbon through the house so the kids can barely walk. Some other ideas I’ve seen include leaving a small square of green velvet in the door like his coat got caught, sprinkling gold or green glitter on the floor, and unrolling all of the toilet paper. You can leave little chocolate gold coins at each place of “mischief” so the kids have to hunt for them all.
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It’s not too late! Still haven’t thought of something fun to do tomorrow with the kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Well, the luck of the Irish be with you. Here are some last-minute, but worth-the-wait, ideas.
Funky Green Food
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St. Patrick’s Day has become quite the new “in” Holiday with families it seems. Everywhere you look on the blogs there are some cool new ideas for crafts, food, or fun activities. We do a few things in our house to celebrate, even though we aren’t Irish, so I wanted to share those ideas as well as a few not so easy, but super-cute ideas I’ve found during my late night Internet research safaris. Just because.
Fun with Food
Surprise the kids for breakfast with the i am mommy blog’s Rainbow pancakes.
A Whisk and a Prayer blog made some super yummy Mint Oreo Cookies. The perfect dessert after your corned beef dinner.
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