Friday, March 16, 2012

More St. Patrick's Day Crafts

I thought I'd post these just in case you're looking for some cute, quick, and easy crafts you can do with your toddler or preschooler for St. Patrick's Day.

You've already seen our silly St. Patrick's Day snake:

And a beautiful leprechaun's rainbow:

Since we already had the rainbow, we figured we should also make a pot of gold to hide at the end:
 Just cut out a pot and glue it to a background paper.  Then glue gold foil coins in the pot--we used wrappers from chocolate coins (Roger was pretty happy about that :-)

We also made this sweet shamrock craft.  Another legend told about St. Patrick is that he used shamrocks to illustrate the concept of the Trinity.  A shamrock has 3 separate leaves, but they're all part of the same shamrock.
To make one, cut a shamrock out of green paper (or white paper painted green).  I used the template from here, enlarged to 135%.  Glue the shamrock to a piece of paper on which an Irish blessing has been printed.  We used the blessing found here, which goes like this:

A Wish for a Friend
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers -
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours -
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Next, trace your child's hand on the shamrock.  Outline the hand and shamrock with glue and sprinkle with glitter.

It's a fun project and a lovely keepsake.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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