My grandkids and I enjoyed our Pause for Lent yesterday. Today, though, we've turned back the calendar a few days to St. Patricks Day. Only a week or so away, we decided to make some cool St Patricks Day hats, crowns actually, perfect for warding off pinches from any and all directions on the 17th. And perfectly easy crafts for kids AND seniors – always a favorite of mine!
I picked up several bags of St Patricks Day foam stickers – regular and glitter – which you can find at many places including
and bright green cardstock.
We used all of those fun ingredients to create these very cute, dare I say-stunning, St Patricks Day hats or crowns.
As my grandkids worked, we talked about the story of St Patrick and how much he loved God. I told them how he became a missionary and served God in Ireland, which is why we have all the fun Irish green decorations. We also talked about the various ways people can be missionaries:
- by serving in foreign countries as one group of friends has done
- by serving in a mission organization in your own country as some families from our Christian home schooling group have done for over 25 years
- by serving in our own neighborhood as we shower friends and neighbors with God's love
They learned some history as well as some new facts about following God and they had a great time, as did their Sandwich Generation grandma! All in all, these make for fun and easy St Patricks Day senior and junior activities for grandkids and grandparents alike, not to mention home school projects. They are even cute and easy crafts for seniors who like to make crafts by hand!
Of course, I bought plenty, to make sure I had enough to mail to my long distance grandgirls, including some Flower and Butterfly foam stickers. I can't wait to see what their creations look like. Stupendously adorable as well, I'm sure.
How about you? Are you ready with plenty of green for St Patricks Day? Do you have any other traditions do you and your Sandwich Generation family enjoy on March 17? We'd love to hear what you and your grandkids enjoy – or what traditions your senior parents handed down to you.
P.S. If you'd like more cute and easy crafts activities for both kids AND seniors, I think you'd love the Gooseberry Patch books, including All Through the Seasons Recipes and Crafts. It doesn't have St Patricks Day ideas BUT it does have ideas for other special days throughout the year including the upcoming Mothers and Fathers Day, I have two of their Christmas books already – Christmas Book 8 and Christmas 10th Anniversary and LOVE them. Delicious recipes along with fun and easy crafts many of which make great gifts for all ages from seniors to kids. These books are great!