Shamrock Play-Doh and McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McDonald’s. All opinions are my own.

Holiday Time Again!

My kids woke up groggy eyed and a little grouchy until I announced that I had a surprise for them. I deemed it GREEN DAY to start our unit on St. Patrick’s Day. You guys know that I love homeschooling around any holiday. I have so many GREEN St. Patrick Day activities planned for them that I had to start early. It also helps that McDonald’s has a green themed Shamrock Shake that fits perfectly into my plan!

First, I started with some simple research. There are so many things associated with the fun, oft celebrated day such as the leprechauns, pots of gold, rainbows, shamrocks, St. Patrick, the blarney stone,  kissing Irishmen, and why “green” is the color for St. Patrick’s Day. There are so many cool things to learn!

I wanted to teach my kids about all the historical aspects of St. Patrick, the fun folklore of the leprechauns, and the geography of Ireland.

But, to start our unit I made a simple GREEN DAY. I’ve been tailoring our homeschool to my two oldest so I wanted to make this day fun for my 3 year old. He has recently decided that his favorite color is green, so making a GREEN DAY centered on learning about St. Patrick’s Day was a perfect start to our St. Patrick’s day themed week of celebration and activities.

After everyone ate breakfast, I sent them all back to their rooms to change into a green shirt so we could make some homemade green play-doh. It is the easiest recipe ever. It requires NO COOKING and is ready to play with in a matter of minutes. (I’ve shared the recipe with you at the bottom of this post.)


As we were making the play-doh I talked to them a bit about what St. Patrick’s Day was and why people celebrate. This sparked more questions from them, so of course we had to head to the library next to grab our stash of themed books.


After our library stop, we rolled into Wal*Mart to grab some fun supplies that we needed for another St. Patrick’s Day activity.

But, the most fun of all was sealing the deal with our green Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s.

They seriously thought this was The Best Day Ever because I let them have a shake for lunch. I love it when they say “This Is The Best Day Ever”. I hear it a lot, but I never get tired of it!

Not only does McDonald’s have the shamrock special shake, but specialty drinks are also only $2, so it doesn’t break the bank to treat the kids on our self-proclaimed GREEN DAY. But, if you are feeling like celebrating you aren’t just limited to the Shamrock Shake there are 5 options this season to celebrate. You can choose between the McCafe Shamrock Chocolate Shake, Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, Shamrock Mocha and the Shamrock Hot Chocolate. You better hurry though, because the offer is only until March 20th.

We will be swinging back through on St. Patrick’s Day to grab another one. (Actually, we will probably be swinging through several times to enjoy the Mint Chocolaty goodness of the Shamrock Shake.)

I want you to enjoy a Shamrock Special too and I think contests and giving away prizes are FUN so I’m going to mail someone a gift card. (The giveaway is sponsored by myself personally and I’ll be personally paying for your gift card because I want to!)

Comment on this post and let me know what your favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day is and I’ll put your name in the hat for a gift card! What Shamrock special drink would you pick? I love them all!

Yay for celebrating GREEN DAY.

The only thing I didn’t do for GREEN DAY at our house was introduce them to the 90s band. haha! That would take me back to my growing up years when I used to be cool.

Below is the play-doh recipe I promised. It is so easy and takes NO COOKING! ENJOY! Pin this on Pinterest and make some Shamrock Play-Doh before St. Patrick’s Day!  AND Don’t forget to leave a comment so you can be entered to win a treat!

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Shamrock Homemade Play-Doh
Recipe type: NO COOK- Kids CRAFT
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This only takes a few minutes to toss together. It is so easy and the kids love it!
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cut Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tarter (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • Food Coloring of your choice
  • Glitter (optional)
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water
  1. Mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
  2. As soon as it starts to look like dough, turn over onto the counter and knead until the looks and consistency is how you want it.
  3. It will be hot when you first start to knead it, but it cools down fast.
  4. We used Green food coloring for our Shamrock dough, but you could make it any color. I also let the kids add sprinkles for fun! ENJOY!



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  1. It looks like you guys had a really fun Green Day!!!

  2. You always have such cool activities that you guys do for holidays. Love the way you incorporate everything into your homeschool. And the Shamrock Shake really does fit in perfectly.

  3. I am so excited that Shamrock Shakes are back!! I need to get one today!!! YUM!!!

  4. Homemade play-doh is The Best! What a great spring break activity.

  5. I didn’t realize making play dough was so easy! My kids love it. I have pinned this so we can try it out. Great post!

  6. What a fun craft idea! I love your Green Day intro to the unit too! – Amy


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