"Some of them are shocked and some don't know how to react. There's a lot of [excited] screaming -- it's organized chaos," Kim said. "They're trying to find a leprechaun, something very tiny, so of course they're awed by it."
The kindergarten class has yet to find one, but each student gets a golden coin at the end of the day for trying.
Miriam Kim's kindergarten class at Braddock Elementary made special green hats in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day. / Photo courtesy of Miriam Kim
On the next page, St. Patrick's Day Postcards.
St. Patrick's Day Postcards
Kimberly Danger, 40, the creator of MommySavers.com, recently blogged about her latest St. Patrick's Day brainstorm: postcards.
During one of her regular shopping trips to Target she visited the dollar section and saw some shiny green wigs. Her next thought? Googly eyes, of course. And then her models stepped in: Danger's children, Sydney, 11, and Nicholas, 7. In the end the whole project cost less than $5. She mailed the cards out on Monday to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
"My kids are so used to me asking them to pose 'nicely' for photos that this was a fun way to let them ham it up for the camera and just be silly. Plus, they had a lot of fun with the wigs after our photo session was over," said Danger, who lives in Mankato, Minn. "When my husband came home from work and saw what we had created, he laughed and said, 'Those are great!'"
Mom of two Kimberly Danger came up with a creative way to keep in touch with relatives while celebrating St. Patrick's Day. / Photo courtesy of Kimberly Danger/MommySavers.com
On the next page, St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt.
St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt
Mother of two Susie Chadwick wanted to teach her oldest child Maggie, 3, about the shamrock shape. So she sliced green peppers in half and her daughter dipped the vegetables in green paint.
"Maggie thought this was pretty magical. She was impressed that a pepper could make a shamrock shape. She's a little perfectionist sometimes, so she was really interested in making sure the design was complete," Chadwick wrote in an e-mail to ABCNews.com from her family's current home in Bangalore, India.
Leprechaun traps are too complicated for a toddler, so Chadwick decided to teach her daughter about leprechaun folklore by cutting little feet out of green construction paper and creating a trail.
The tiny feet led Maggie to her "pot of gold" (yellow Connect Four checkers and candy).
"She'd never heard of a leprechaun before, so this has been a fun way to introduce her to leprechauns, rainbow following, and pots of gold. The cost was nothing. I already had some gold-wrapped sweets, and I used half a piece of construction paper to make the feet," said Chadwick, who writes about her craft ideas on mommysavers.com.
"We've done this several times over the last week or two. She loves to see where the new trail will lead and make up stories about where the leprechaun went. He often jumps off our balcony to escape."
Three-year-old Maggie Chadwick discovers a 'pot of gold' after following green footprints around the house. / Photo courtesy of S. Chadwick/MommySavers.com