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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Super Troopers!

4 March 2019

All eyes around the world are on Ireland as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, and this year’s festival (taking place from 14th – 18th March) promises to be one of the biggest and best we’ve ever seen, with exhibitions, cultural events and – of course – parades going on nationwide. St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to have some fun and celebrate Irish culture with your little ones, and Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare has some ideas for ways you can celebrate Ireland’s national holiday and learn about health at the same time!

St. Patrick’s Soup

The pea and mint in this yummy soup recipe give it a lovely green colour, and it’s simple enough to make that your kids can get involved really easily! Peas are a great source of fibre and protein, both really important nutrients for growing kids. They’re also super high in vitamin A, which is important for eyesight, and vitamin C, which is great for the immune system and can help prevent heart disease.

Ingredients

  • 500g frozen peas
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 handfuls of fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 sprigs coriander (optional)

Method

  1. Peel and dice the onion. Crush the garlic cloves with the blade of a knife, remove the skin, and mince. Finely chop the mint leaves and coriander.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the diced onion. Sauté until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the minced garlic 1-2 minutes before the onions are done.
  3. Add the peas and vegetable stock and bring to the boil. When the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for around 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat, add the mint leaves and coriander and liquidise with a blender. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve in a bowl with a dollop of yogurt or double cream.

Scavenger Hunt Challenge

We love incorporating scavenger hunts into family walks – it’s a great way to engage your Super Troopers’ minds during a walk and keep them from getting bored, it helps them to pay more attention to their surroundings, which is a really important skill for mindfulness practice, and it’s a really simple way to inject a little excitement into a familiar environment!

The basics are easy: set aside some time over the weekend to go on a family walk around a local park or green area. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can travel a little to one of Ireland’s great national parks and hiking trails to take in some different scenery. Before you go, sit down with your kids to come up with a list of things they might expect to see on the walk. Have some fun and be creative with it – try to come up with a mix of common and uncommon things for some extra challenge. Children can work together or by themselves to hunt down items from the list on the walk and count up how many things they were able to spot at the end.

For a festive twist, you can add some St. Patrick’s Day themed items to the list, like:

  • A shamrock
  • A point for every green thing you find
  • Five points if you can find something for each colour of the rainbow

As a reward for completing the challenge, you can hide a ‘pot of gold’ (a small bag or bowl of chocolate coins in gold wrapping) for your Super Troopers to find at the end of the trail!

Pass the Irish Dance

Pass the Dance is one of our favourite Super Troopers activities – it’s a super fun way to let out your energy and enjoy some music, and there’s no better time than St. Patrick’s Day to throw your own mini-céilí! Before doing this one, sit down and watch some videos of Irish dancing together, paying attention to how the dancers move along to the music. Then, just follow the below instructions:

  1. Pick a song to dance to – any upbeat Irish song will do!
  2. One person creates a dance move inspired by Irish dancing.
  3. The next person copies the move and adds their own.
  4. Keep passing on the dance moves until you have created 10 dance moves altogether.
  5. Then mix and match the moves, and dance away to the music!

However you decide to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day, we hope you have a great time! We love to hear how you’re keeping healthy with your little ones, so don’t forget to send in your pictures, videos and stories!