Tuesday, March 17, 2020


shamrock scavenger hunt
With children off from school and sequestered at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, our neighborhood decided to have some St. Patrick's Day fun. We set up a shamrock scavenger hunt. Households placed shamrocks in their front windows and families spent some time walking around the subdivision looking for them. It wasn't a big deal but yet brightened up the afternoon for quite a few families.

Some homes put up lavish store bought decorations while others crafted up their own personally made shamrocks to show off. There were giant shamrocks as well as little tiny ones hanging in windows. Some places hung up just one while others had numerous shamrocks on display. The goal was to find as many shamrocks on display in the neighborhood while walking around getting some fresh air and exercise outside.

st patricks day

saint patricks day

Of course social separation was important so everyone gave each other a big berth keeping a distance away from one another while wandering around. But events like this show how a community can come together even when necessity dictates maintaining space between people. I saw a lot of smiles on children's faces as they ran around looking for shamrocks today. Sometimes it just takes a simple gesture like creating a paper shamrock to hang in your window that creates special moments especially at times like this.

My son drew up a leprechaun holding a shamrock that he colored and placed in our window. Another neighbor cut out a four shamrocks of various sizes from poster board that were spread across the windows along their front porch. Another home had a giant glittery shamrock made up of fancy swirly designs hanging on the front door. All together there were more than twenty shamrocks to be found in this St. Patrick's Day scavenger hunt.

st patricks day shamrock scavenger hunt

There were no prizes to be won. It was just for the fun of the game! Plus a way to bring neighbors together and get children outside playing during a time where we are being told to stay apart. A nice way to make the day standout and put all the bad news being reported aside for the moment.

Did you do anything to celebrate St. Patrick's Day today? Share your story with us in the comment section or tweet @Geekdad248 on Twitter and I'll give you a retweet.

We'll close out this post with one of my favorite St. Patrick's Day pub songs → The Unicorn Song. It always puts a smile on my face. Hope it does the same for you! Happy St. Patrick's Day my friends!

Stay healthy everyone!

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