Green Hedgehogs in Virtual Worlds? Let Your Leprechauns Loose!

Mar. 17, 2010 This morning I changed my Firefox 3.6 “persona” to shamrocks for the day, eliciting a green with envy response from my not so lil’ leprechaun teen who delighted in a green apple sour treat and green glitter-waterball and green Love Peace & the Planet eco-shampoo that some magical critter had left at the breakfast table.

Mind you, fare today is green smoothies, as she used to dine on Seussical St. Patrick’s Day “green eggs and ham a la Sam I am” but she’s on a vegetarian purge of late…

As I opened my email I received this green hedgehog photo from a SecondLife St. Patrick’s Day player and realized how virtually EVERYone seems to ‘go green’ today online and off! Green media and marketing ideas abound from green science shenanigans to green teen videos on climate change to greening of virtual worlds and plans springing up in March for Project Green Prom

If you have kids of any age, I highly encourage you do something ridiculously silly and blame it on the leprechauns.This is your chance amidst our often crass commercialized culture to get your game on let your trickster light-hearted personality shine.

I’m putting my plug in for SIMPLE green whimsy because as kids grow older we often forget the childlike fun flooding memories with innocent ‘wows!’…

In kindergarten, for example, my daughter’s imaginary leprechaun, Blueberry, became a trusted confidante for many years…

Now wouldn’t it be nice to have him reappear amidst her teen trials/tribulations and texting traumas, to lighten her world with magic menehune dust, rainbows and reveries that harken back to simpler times? I think so. Scratch that…I KNOW so!

We were at Fresh Choice last night and she was telling a gal pal all about my annual April Fool’s mischief, and I could see the wistful look in her eyes almost as if she wished she could just ‘turn back the clock’…(ideas for this year, anyone? It’s tradition in my home now…obviously!)

Point being…no matter what teens say, they’re still ‘kids’…

So whether it’s turning things green, getting kids to eat their greens, or finding fresh ways to get people to GO green, get your game on and have some fun today.

With a little luck, you won’t need to hunt for a pot o’ gold to earn huge rewards of sincere smiles with tips and ideas like some of these…

On Shaping Youth:

St. Patrick’s Day Activities to Green Your World

Shaping Youth: How to Turn People Green

Getting Kids to Eat Green: Using Shrek Against His Drek

Project Green Prom, March Into Sustainability

Inspire Kids With Green Media

Green Media & Kid Vid Galore

Green Teen Videos on Climate Change

One Teen’s View on Going Green

Are Teens REALLY Going Green?

Summer Rayne & Teens Turning Green

Related Resources For Kids’ St. Patrick’s Day Green!

Photo Credit above:

In Kids’ Virtual Worlds for example…

Wiglington & Wenks (new learning/adventure VW 2010 visit Ireland!)

Dizzywood Forest: Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day 2010

Xeko Gaming for Good: Leprechaun Adventure 2010

St. Patrick’s One stop resource hub, all ages

How to Turn Your Parents Green Blogspot

Top 5 Green St. Patrick’s Day Foods (Ask the Trainer)

Little Green Leprechaun Footprints (Craft project: AlphaMom)

Eco-Bites: Green Celebrations

Green Organic/Irish Baby Finds: My Goodness Duds

How to Make a Green Smoothie (Eco Child’s Play)

Seven Ways to Green Your Fast Food (Eco Child’s Play)

EWG Green Skin Deep/Science Database

St. Patrick’s Day IQ Quiz-10 Questions (Kaboose)

St. Patrick’s Day  Stories, Crafts, Activities, Fun (Kaboose)

Have a Green Prom (Smart Girls Know)

The Green Girl: Great Green Grad Gifts

Friends of Live Earth: Green Grad Basics

Children’s Healthy Environment Coalition: Healthy Child, Healthy World

Go Green Kids: Discover, Connect, Take Action!

More Green Scene St. Paddy’s Day Fun (Shamrocks above are my free Firefox persona) Favorite GSA/Green Articles

On Living by Learning from Sandra Foyt’s inspiring blog!

Discover How To Inspire Kids To Go Green – Article sharing ideas and resources on teaching kids about Going Green.

Did You Hug A Tree Today? – Article about our National Public Lands Day Celebration at Glimmerglass State Park.

Go Green Girl Scouts Event Video -A video taken at the Go Green Girl Scout Service Unit Event.

Go Green Girl Scouts Event Flyer – Downloadable flyer from this Girl Scout Service Unit Event.

Go Green – Observe and Conserve Take Action Go Green Discussion Ideas from Ashdon Farms with activity suggestions sorted by Girl Scout age level.

Paper Making – Illustrated instructions on making recycled paper.

What Girl Scouts Can Learn About “Leave No Trace”? – A Girl Scouts USA article about PEAK and Leave No Trace.

Hunger 101: It’s The Season To Be Merry and Hungry – Article about our Service Unit’s discovery program on hunger and poverty.



  1. I’m green with envy! LOL! I didn’t even think of switching my persona today. Thanks for adding the green links!
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