Following a Rainbow Trail

Imagine coming home from an errand with your kiddos in the car… It’s March 17th.  Wait.  What the?….  Is that the end of a rainbow sticking out of your front door?  Yes.  Yep,  that is definitely a rainbow!  What’s going on here? You better be hopping out of that car to see what shenanigans have been going on while you were gone.

The rainbow, (ribbon, crepe paper or material), can be arranged through out your house.  Up and down stairs, around chairs, sofas and beds. One long continuous strand can lead your children on a fun leprechaun hunt that ends up in a leprechaun’s pot.  The pot at the end of the rainbow.

Our pot has stickers, art supplies and treats (some of them rainbow treats of course)!  Skittles, rainbow licorice or even Jolly Rancher Rainbow Pops from our previous blog post!  Rollos and gold coins are a fun addition too.  Start a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition at your house.

Top O’ The Mornin’ To Ya!

When my kiddies were small, a leprechaun used to come to our house and turn Cool Whip green!  Our leprechaun left a container of Cool Whip on the counter while we were gone.  Below you will find a note he left.  It’s such a fun thing to do and the kids literally can’t believe their eyes.

Here’s the trick:  Buy a container of Cool Whip. DON’T open it.  Turn the container upside down and poke a nail hole in the bottom. Add 3-4 drops of green food coloring in the hole.  Clean the container of any spills and cover with white duct tape if possible.  If not masking tape will do.

Make sure your children open the Cool Whip.

It’s always fun to leave a little treat for the leprechaun.  I saw “elf donuts” on Pinterest and thought they could easily be made into a leprechaun treat.  The donuts are made out of frosted Cheerios.  If you leave a fun treat for the leprechaun to sample, I bet he’d leave you one! 

 Click here for a free 5×7  printable

 I’m a leprechaun!  Hooray for me!

I’ve brought a trick for you to see,

I know you won’t believe your eyes,

My trick’s so fine–A BIG surprise.

But you must do some things for me,

If my trick you want to see.

Tap your head and turn around,

stomp your feet upon the ground.

Clap your hands, (your’e doing fine).

Now you’ve got to say this rhyme:

” I believe in the leprechaun man,

he’ll show me some green just as fast as he can.”

Take the lid off the cream,

stir with all of your might,

and it will change colors,

if you did it right!

* Sometimes a leprechaun leaves chairs upside down or leaves a mess in another area of the house!

Jolly Rancher Rainbow Pops

My mom used to make red-hot cinnamon suckers for our birthdays.  She made one for each person in our class at school.  Keep in mind, this was in the 60’s and 70″s when no one cared that your treats were homemade.  Someone’s mom could have been making birthday cookies in a latrine with ten cats.   We wouldn’t have cared.  We lived through that and pounds of raw cookie dough.

Anyway, she made them the old-fashioned way with corn syrup…the high fructose kind, and sugar and cinnamon flavoring.  I remember watching her stir the boiling syrup.  She tested it continually, pouring a bit of it into a glass of cold water until it cracked just right.  When they were ready, she poured them into circles on wax paper.  That’s devotion.  Now, I’ve done it, really.   I have molds and flavorings and everything.  But that was BEFORE.

Now there is such a fun, delicious, cool, and easy way to make a sucker.  A rainbow sucker for St Patrick’s day.

What you need:

  • Jolly Rancher candies
  • Large and small sucker sticks (cake decorating isle in Wal-Mart or a craft store)
  • Parchment paper

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Unwrap 15 to 20 Jolly Rancher candies.

Arrange the candies on a parchment lined, heavy cookie sheet.  Make sure you leave enough room between suckers to put the stick on later.   They can be as tall as you like but three to five is best.  You can line them up side by side as well for a fatter sucker.  After you have arranged the flavors you like, carefully place them in the oven.  Cook them for 5 to 51/2 minutes.  Take the candy out.  They are HOT.  Wait 30 seconds or so and push a sucker stick into the sucker and twist it to coat the stick and secure it.  That’s it.  So easy and fun to do.  Make some.  You’ll have a jolly time.

*If your suckers have lost shape in the oven, spray a butter knife with Pam and  reshape them bit.