Track tiny bootprints through your house to mark St. Paddy's Day


March 14, 1992|By Donna Erickson | Donna Erickson,King Features Syndicate

If your thoughts are turning to shamrocks, leprechauns and mulligan stew in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday, try this simple family activity and enjoy the carefree spirit of the celebration.

Welcome a leprechaun to your home. Adults or older children can leave evidence of an imaginary visit from one of the "wee folk" around the house.

To create the visit, cut green construction paper or shiny green foil paper in the shape of small boot prints. On the back side of the cutouts, write short messages that reflect the visiting leprechaun's compliments or humorous observations about your family life. For example: "Peter speaks politely when he answers the phone," or "Mr. O'Brien snores loudly in the middle of the night," or "Jennifer has nice friends."

From now until St. Patrick's Day, place a footprint or two (and perhaps a small bow tie or a button from the leprechaun's coat) in different spots around the house. Or, you can lay them all out at once, making a path that leads to a St. Patrick's Day surprise.

The surprise can be a black caldron (any small pot can do) filled with gold "coins" or other treats.

To make the coins, fill shamrock-shaped candy molds with melted chocolate. When the candies harden, wrap them in shiny gold paper.

If you'd like to share your comments or ideas for family projects, write to Donna Erickson, Features Department, The Sun, Baltimore 21278.

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