Care Bears x Birdie Bean St. Patrick’s Day Bucket List for Families

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Does your family celebrate this fun, quirky holiday? Having holidays and celebrations throughout the year helps to bring families together and helps bring joy to our daily lives. Let’s take a moment to celebrate all the fun of St. Patrick’s Day with our birdies this year. 

We’ve invited Good Luck Bear from the Care Bears crew to help us round up the best activities and recipes for the whole family. Let’s put a ‘beary’ cheery spin on St. Patrick’s Day this year!

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Care Bears x Birdie Bean St. Patrick’s Day Bucket List

Color St. Patrick’s Day-themed Pages

Did you know that you can color Care Bear and St. Patrick Day-themed coloring pages? Around here, we love coloring pages. Any chance we get to print out free, fun coloring pages is a win in our household. 

Coloring pages are an easy way to keep the kids entertained while we cook dinner, tidy up, or take a few moments to ourselves. Plus with printable coloring pages, you don’t have to worry about fighting over who gets to color which one. Print out multiple pages and everyone can color in their way and style. 

Save these CUTE printable coloring pages from Birdie Bean x Care Bears! 

Wear Green with Birdie Bean’s New Care Bear’s Collection

Wearing green is one of the most famous St. Patrick's Day traditions. If you don’t wear green, you’ll be pinched all day long by your friends! This year, protect your whole family with our adorable St. Patrick’s Day collections. We have prints and styles for the whole family, and your birdies can even have an adorable matching moment with their favorite teddy’s. 

These green outfits are definitely Good Luck Bear-approved! 

Bake Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day is our March holiday, which means the days are still short and in most places, the weather is still cold. In our house, we call this time of the year soup season! And bread is an essential part of soup season. 

So we’re kicking off the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations by making Soda Bread. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this rustic, fresh bread that’s so easy to make – you don’t even need yeast. The reason it’s called Soda Bread is because it’s made with baking soda, instead of yeast! 

Nagi from Recipetin Eats has created the easiest recipe to follow along and make your soda bread

History of Soda Bread

Why is Soda Bread such a huge St. Patrick’s Day tradition? Soda bread is a staple in Irish culture. It’s one of their most favorite and popular foods. It’s also baked in droves leading up to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. 

Soda Bread can be found in almost every Irish household. Each family has their own recipe for this tasty bread, usually hand-written on a slip of floury paper or tucked away in grandma’s cookbook. 

You may not know this, but soda bread was actually first baked by the Native Americans! They were the first people to be documented using ‘pearl ash’ to leaven their bread without yeast. Pearl ash is a natural form of soda, found in the ashes of wood. 

The Irish replicated the process when baking soda was first introduced to the country in the 1830s. Soda bread doesn’t require too many ingredients, which is why it began as an affordable necessity during the food crisis facing Ireland at the time. 

Slurp Shamrock Shakes

Ciara from My Fussy Eater has shared a healthy Shamrock shake that your birdies are sure to love. The best part? It sneaks in tons of healthy ingredients like spinach and avocado. This is a healthy spin on the famous McDonald’s Shamrock shake – and it’s the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family this year. 

See if you can trick your kids into drinking spinach with this tasty leprechaun-approved treat. We know the Care Bears would approve! Grab the recipe here

Hunt for Four-Leaf Clovers

Speaking of Shamrocks – let’s hunt for some four-leaf clovers this St. Patrick’s Day! If it’s warm enough, head into the backyard or local park and search for real-life four-leaf clovers. If it’s not warm enough, print out four-leaf and three-leaf clovers and hide them around the house as a scavenger hunt. 

Where does the luck of four-leaf clovers come from? And why are they associated with St. Patrick’s Day? If you’ve got curious kiddos, here are a few fun facts about four-leaf clovers. 

  1. Four-leaf clovers are a variation of the common three-leaf clover, that’s pretty rare. Your chances of finding a four-leaf clover is around 1 in 10,000! Because of this, they’re considered lucky. 
  2. In the early days of Ireland, Celtic priests known as Druids carried around three-leaf clovers or shamrocks because they believed that with their help, they could see evil spirits approaching and escape. Four-leaf clovers were Celtic charms that offered magical protection and warded off bad luck. 
  3. Children in the Middle Ages used to believe that they might be able to see the fairies if they carried around four-leaf clovers! 
  4. The leaves of four-leaf clovers stand for faith, hope, love, and luck. 
  5. It’s said that Ireland is home to more four-leaf clovers than any other place on earth, giving meaning to the phrase “the luck of the Irish”
  6. If you find a four-leaf clover, you can give it to someone else and your luck will double! 

Donate to a ‘Green’ Cause

One way to give back this St. Patrick’s Day is by donating to a cause that’s dedicated to protecting our environment. We all have to work together to take care of planet Earth – and teaching your birdies to donate a portion of their allowance or some of their time each year is so powerful. Here are 11 organizations that are helping fight climate changeThrow a Dance Party

It’s no secret that Good Luck Bear loves music. He’s always wearing his headphones with music playing, even sometimes when his friends are trying to talk to him! It’s also no secret that music is an integral part of Irish culture. 

Traditional Irish music is the heart and soul of Ireland’s culture. It’s known all across the world for its lively beats and beautiful melodies. But did you know that it also has a long and haunting history? Traditional Irish music has survived colonization, famine, and emigration. It continues to evolve and thrive even today. 

So this year, Good Luck Bear invites you to turn on some traditional Irish music and throw a dance party in your living room. Here’s a playlist of Irish Music put together, especially for children!

Watch Irish Movies in Matching St. Patrick’s Day Pajamas

We love matching pajamas. Have the cutest mommy and me moment this St. Patrick’s Day with our adorable Care Bears Collection (out now!). Cuddle up in our softest bamboo, knowing that your pajamas are safe on sensitive skin and safe for our planet. Grab your favorite Birdie Bean blankets, and all the pillows and put on a famous Irish movie to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year. 

Here’s a list of 14 Irish movies the kids will love! Some really sweet movies on that list can help teach your birdies about present-day Ireland and share some of the coolest lore from Ireland’s history. 

Make St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn

If you’re going to have a cozy pajamas movie night – you better have popcorn! In keeping with the theme of St. Patrick’s Day, this year make some St. Patrick’s Day popcorn. Created by Two Sisters Crafting, your kids are going to look forward to this day every year after they get their hands on this sweet treat! 

Follow along and make your own St. Patrick’s Day popcorn here

Read Books About Ireland

If you want to spend this St. Patrick’s Day learning more about the history of the holiday and the history of Ireland, head to your local library and see if they have any of these kid-friendly books available. 

From learning about the Luck of the Irish to traditional Irish food and music, these books can help you feel more connected to the holiday and our own country's unique Irish emigrant history. 

Kid-Friendly Books About Ireland:

How does your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Our favorite way to celebrate a holiday like this is to spend the day together eating traditional food, making crafts, and learning about the traditions and history of the holiday. 

We hope this post has brought your family some fun new traditions to try out and taught you more about St. Patrick’s Day than you knew before! We learned a thing or two about Ireland and St. Patrick’s when putting this post together. 

Don’t forget – holidays are always more memorable in matching pajamas! Shop our newest Care Bear and St. Patrick’s Day collection out now. We can’t wait to see how your family celebrates this year in Birdie Bean. Make sure to tag us on Instagram (@birdiebeanbaby) so we can see! 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks for all of your support 🍀