With less than a week until St Patrick’s Day, I’m excited to share a fun “science experiment” Aunt Lorelle (my clever little sister) sent for the PrairieFrog children!
If you wish to make your own Leprechaun Litmus, secretly purchase a package of instant pistachio pudding mix. Stealthily remove the plain white pouch from the box and print out a custom litmus label. (In your word processor or Photoshop, rotate a leprechaun image upside down from the poem–enabling it to be on the flip side of the label when folded in half.) Print your label on cardstock, fold it over the plain white “test solution” packet, staple at the top and voila! (Note: Directions in the poem are for a small box of pudding. For a large box, or two small boxes, increase milk from 2 cups to 4.)
My darling niece and nephew hunted for their leprechaun while waiting for the solution to set. The leprechaun himself wasn’t to be found, but bonny wee mugs and other “corroborating evidence” were discovered! As long as the children can distinguish between pretend and reality, such shenanigans are delightful! (For my youngest ones, we’ll need to explain that leprechauns are a fun game of pretend.)
A final word of caution from Aunt Lorelle: ”Include the ingredients panel from the Jell-O Pudding box under the faux label if the modified package will leave your house. Many people have allergies to gold flakes nuts.”
(Leprechaun Litmus shared with permission)
And speaking of green things…
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