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Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender: Marching into a new month
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Julie Lavender

    An old English proverb predicts this of March’s weather: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” The opposite is true as well, but the lion certainly roared his way in last Wednesday. Only time will tell if the prediction proves accurate for the end of the month. If only the breezes of the past week could have blown away the dusting of yellow that covered anything and everything that stood still briefly.

    But that sprinkling of yellow and the sneezes that follow and the sound of the neighbor’s lawn mower, well, at least all are signs pointing to the approaching spring. That prediction is positively accurate! Celebrate the gift of another month of precious family time with some of the celebrations below or create your own family ones. Let the breezes blow and the fun begin.

     Dr. Seuss’ Birthday — Technically, Theodore Geisel’s special day was a couple of days ago, but because the incredible children’s author made such an impact on the reading lives of lots of little ones, he’s worth celebrating any time this month. Did you know that Dr. Seuss wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" because of a bet that a publisher made with him, challenging him to write a book using only 50 words? Some online articles say the publisher never paid up, but that book turned out to be Dr. Seuss’ most successful work, so I guess he won after all.

    Check out a host of his books from the library and read all month long from his extensive collection of stories. And, because it’s the month of all-things-green anyway, you should most definitely add green food coloring to scrambled eggs one morning for breakfast!

    National Bubble Week — Pick a breezy day this month and play with bubbles outdoors. Use the wands that come with the purchase of bubble solution, but try other unique utensils in the bubble play. Slotted spoons from the kitchen or a clean fly swatter make fun bubble adventure.

    Saint Patrick’s Day — Most likely, it’s not coincidental that the holiday celebrating everything green takes place in the month of March when new blades of grass shoot up from the ground and leaf buds crown the barren branches above. So many shades of green whisper new life into being. Be intentional about watching bare limbs become clothed again and celebrate throughout the month with green attire, green milk and milkshakes, green gum, green grass walks and shamrock searches.

    Have some leprechaun fun outside to celebrate, too. Use green chalk to draw a path of clover leaves on the driveway or sideway. Place a container of plastic gold coins at the end of the path. Create some hopping, skipping, walking backward relays to land on each cloverleaf. For each successful relay, collect a gold coin from the basket. Have the kids ‘spend’ the coins throughout the month on various activities, like an extra story at bedtime, a trip to get ice cream or 30 minutes additional playtime outside before homework.                      After the relay games, work together in the kitchen to make green cereal treats. Melt 3 tablespoons butter. Add 4 cups of miniature marshmallows and stir on low until melted. Add several drops of green food coloring. Then stir in six cups of Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until coated, then spread in a buttered 13 X 9 inch dish. Enjoy!

    Save a Spider Day — I’m not sure who invented this celebration, but it certainly wasn’t Little Miss Muffet. Have a fun spidery day with this craft. Use crayons to decorate a white paper plate for the ‘body’ of a spider. Glue two wiggly eyes near one edge. Fold eight strips of black construction paper, about twelve inches long and two inches wide, accordion-style. Staple four legs on each side of the paper place. Carefully poke a small hole near the center of the plate and insert a strip of yarn, tying a knot underneath large enough so that the yarn won’t slip through. Then use the spider for a puppet or hang from the ceiling

    Frozen Food Week — Celebrate this holiday with a fun day of preparation in the kitchen. Prepare pepperoni pinwheels to place in the freezer and then pull out some for breakfast when needed. Unroll a refrigerator container of breadstick dough. Separate into individual breadsticks and lay flat on a waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Cut pepperoni pieces into fourths, then lay end to end across the breadstick dough. Peel apart pieces of string cheese and lay them carefully atop the pepperoni. Roll up the dough into a spiral shape and lay flat on another waxed paper-lined baking sheet.

    Once you’ve completed all of the breadsticks, flash-freeze the pinwheels for a couple of hours, then place in a freezer-proof container. When you’re ready for pinwheels for breakfast or a snack, remove from the freezer and place on a greased baking sheet to thaw.                             Once thawed, bake at 375 degrees for about 12 to 14 minutes, until golden brown.

    The month of March lends itself to incredible memory-making events, like flying kites, searching for leprechauns and four-leafed clovers, splashing in puddles and spotting rainbows and watching new life burst forth all around. Treat every moment as a gift; treasure every day with those you love.

 

 

Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender is married to David Lavender and enjoys celebrating with children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel and Jessica.

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