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Create a gold laden lesson plan for St. Patrick’s Day

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This St. Patrick’s Day, putting a little sparkle of gold in your lesson plans can be much easier than finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Simply add one (or more) of the following activities.

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If you have a young child (2nd grade or below), check out the “Hands Off Me Gold” download. With this 65 page printable, your child will have a lot of fun practicing addition and subtraction while filling pots full of gold! (Preview) To download, go to: ChristianHomeSchoolHub.Spruz.com/downloads. You'll find it under the Holiday Category - St. Patrick's Day.

For fun in the kitchen, why not make your very own Lollypop Pots of Gold! You’ll need 30 Oreos (crushed), 8 oz cream cheese, 1 cup of mint chips, 1 cup chocolate melts, 1 tablespoon of shortening (for thinning), edible gold sprinkles, sucker sticks (1 – 2 dozen depending on the size of your pops).

First, crush the 30 Oreo cookies. The easiest way to do this if you want your little ones to help is to place a few at a time into a Ziploc bag and roll over the bag with a rolling pin. For a finer cookie consistancy, use a food processor.

Mash the softened cream cheese with the cookie crumbs until well incorporated and no white remains. Create lollypop balls out of the cream cheese/cookie mixture and place onto a pan lined with wax paper. Refrigerate the balls for 30 minutes. Next, melt the chocolates and dip the sucker stick tips into the chocolate. With melted chocolate on the sticks, insert one into each lollypop ball. Chill for 2 minutes.

Melt the mint chips at 50% power in the microwave (stirring occasionally) until melted. Slightly flatten the balls and dip into the melted mint, lightly tapping the excess on the side. Place the sticks in some kind of base to harden.

Finally, re-melt the chocolate as you did with the mint chips (adding shortening if needed). Dip the balls into the mixture so that they are double coated. Put some of the chocolate in a Ziploc bag, snip a small corner and pipe on the pot rims and handles. Fill the top of the pot with a little more chocolate and immediately pour the gold sprinkles on top.

If you are looking for a golden field trip, why not take a short drive to Idaho Springs and visit the Argo Gold Mill and Museum. Built in the late 1800s, it was constructed to process the gold bearing ore from several area mines and was the largest mill of its type in the world. It is open daily from 9am to 6:00pm, with the last tour beginning at 4:30pm. Admission prices: $16 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, call (303) 567-2421

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