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How to Revamp St. Patrick’s Day for ADHD

I love making little holidays special for my family. In all honesty I think I like it even more than the big hitters like Christmas and birthdays because there isn’t all the pressure and high expectations. With my new focus on raising a healthy family touched by ADHD, I was worried about our old traditions.


St Patrick’s Day of Yesterday

In the past my kiddos would wake on St. Patrick’s Day to find the house ransacked by the pesky leprechaun. Some of the furniture would be askew, a trail of gold coins and lots of liquids would be turned green. (A little much but my kids eat it up!) Breakfast would consist of Lucky Charms (the one time of year that I buy them), green milk and some fruit and bacon thrown in there for a little nutrition.


This Year’s Menu

As I’ve mentioned here before food dyes are now off the list. It doesn’t take a genius to realize Lucky Charms don’t get so bright naturally and of course the leprechaun’s main weapon to magically transform all the fluid green is green food dye. So I had to do a little research and I was able to find a few new products to keep our house festive this year. I bought this new food coloring that uses natural ingredients.  I’m crossing my fingers that it will work the same (and doesn’t have a funky taste).

Finding a substitute for Lucky Charms was not as easy!!  I did a quick google search and found a few cereals that might fit the bill here and here.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get my hands on any of those in time for the big day so I sent my hubby to Whole Foods.  He came home with this one.  Fingers crossed they don’t miss their Lucky Charms.

Working diligently on his leprechaun trap

This Year’s Activities

My son has already built his leprechaun trap.  I find it so adorable how excited he gets about the holidays.  In researching this post I found countless projects on Pinterest.  The big win about the projects I’ve listed below is that in addition to getting into the Irish spirit it also allows my kiddos to meet their sensory needs.  Both of my kids are sensory seekers and Pickles has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.  I’m hoping to find the time to recreate one of these.  My kids will have a babysitter this year for St. Patty’s day…would it be cruel to equip them with the materials for a messy craft?  Hmmmmm

10 St. Patrick’s Day ideas for Sensory Bins by The Jenny Evolution

Rainbow Themed Activities by Nurture Store

Super Easy Gold Slime by Fun-A-Day


Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!!  Wishin you a pot o gold and all the joy your heart can hold!




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