St. Patrick's Day Art and Craft Activities for Children 120x600

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Gold NuggetsGrow a LeprechaunGrow a Shamrock | Irish Flag |
Leprechaun GlassesMy Own Blarney StonePepper Painting |
Perfect Shamrocks | Relief Map of Ireland | Shamrock Families |
Shimmering Shamrocks | Tissue Paper Shamrocks

Gold Nuggets
Break modeling clay into small pieces (approx. 1/2 inch). Show children how to roll clay into a pebble shape. Roll finished pebbles in fine gold glitter. Presto! Instant gold nuggets!

(These may later be used for a treasure hunt.)

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Grow a Leprechaun
Using black, green, gold, and white paint, paint a leprechaun face on a white styrofoam cup. Allow cup to dry completely (overnight, if possible). Punch a small hole in the bottom of the cup to allow for drainage. Put about a 1/2 inch of aquarium gravel in the bottom of the cup, then finish filling to within a 1/2 inch of the top with potting soil. Plant grass seed, water it, cover the cup with plastic wrap, and set on newspaper in a sunny spot. Once seeds begin to sprout, remove plastic. Water as needed. Within a couple of weeks, you will have a leprechaun with a head full of "live" hair. Cut and shape hair as desired.

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Grow a Shamrock
Cut a shamrock shape from a thin piece of sponge. Soak in water. Sprinkle with alfalfa or broccoli seeds. Set in a warm, dark spot until seeds begin to sprout. Move into sunlight for sprouts to turn green.

After the shamrock has turned green, the sprouts may be eaten for a healthy treat.

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Irish Flag
Make an Irish flag. Color each section the color listed on the flag. Cut out flag. Afix to straw or wooden dowel.

For older children, given each child a sheet of green, white, and orange construction paper. Have children cut the green and orange sheets into thirds, using a ruler. Paste one green strip on the left hand of the white page and one orange strip on the right to create a flag. Extra construction paper may be saved for future projects.

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Leprehaun Glasses
Collect toilet paper rolls (two per child) in advance. Have each child paint his/her toilet paper rolls green. Allow rolls to dry.

Give each child two squares of gold or green cellophane (even tinted plastic wrap will work), large enough to cover one round of each tube. Use tape or rubber bands to attach cellophane.

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aple dry green rolls side by side to form a binocular shape. Punch two holes in the non-covered end of the binoculars, one on the left side of the left roll and one on the right side of the right roll. Run a 36-inch piece of yarn through the two holes and tie. Children now have a set of leprechaun glasses they may wear on St. Patrick's Day.

(These may be further decorated and personalized with gold spray-on glitter, glitter glue, seasonal stickers, etc.)

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My Own Blarney Stone
Take children on a stone hunt. Help them select relatively small, smooth stones (1 1/2-2 inches), and remind them that stones are not to be thrown.

Take stones back to home or class and wash thoroughly with hot, soapy water. Allow stones to dry overnight.

Once stones are completely dry, let children "paint" the surfaces with thinned white glue. While glue is still wet, roll stones in gold glitter. Allow paint and glitter to dry. For an extra touch, consider painting on green lip prints. Children now have their very own Blarney Stones.

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Pepper Painting
Slice a bell pepper in half (across, not from top to bottom). Dip the cut side in green paint, then use it as a stamp. Presto! Pepper shamrocks.

Stamp onto heavy white paper to create unique St. Patrick's Day cards or postcards. For added variety, mix green and white paint to create different shades of green. Wet paint may be sprinkled with salt or glitter to add sparkle.

Consider painting in layers, with each layer being a different shade of green. Allow project to dry between layers. Use salt or glitter on just one of the layers for an interesting effect.

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Perfect Shamrocks
Cut three identical hearts and a stem from a sheet of green construction paper. Glue them into the shape of a shamrock.

Heart-shamrocks may be used to decorate St. Patrick's Day cards, placemats, bookmarks, or other items.

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Relief Map of Ireland
Photocopy a map of Ireland, cut out, then paste to posterboard. After glue has dried, use salt dough to create a relief map of Ireland. Find Ireland on a globe or in an encyclopedia. Note its mountains and bodies of water. Looking at the pattern you have found, use salt dough to fill in the map area on your posterboard. Carefully build up mountain ranges and hollow out bodies of water. After salt dough has dried completely (two to three days), use poster paints to shade your relief map appropriately. You may wish to use a permanent marker to label Ireland's major cities.

Following is a basic salt dough recipe:

1/2 cup corn starch
1 cup salt
1 cup boiling water

Boil the mixture until it is similar to a soft-ball; then knead on waxed paper. Wrap the clay in a wet cloth, and place in air-tight container to keep it moist until you are ready to use it.

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Shamrock Families
Cut a small, medium, and large shamrock out of heavy white paper. Add facial features and hair with colored pencils or crayons. Finish coloring them green, then add accordian arms and legs made from green or black construction paper. You've now got a shamrock family, complete with Mom, Dad, and Baby.

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Shimmering Shamrocks
Trace shamrock shapes onto heavy white paper. Carefully cut out, then paint green and sprinkle with salt. After shamrocks have dried, they will have a shimmery appearance. You may punch holes in the tops of these then use yarn or ribbon to tie them to a clothes hangar for a simple mobile, or you may hole punch them, string them on separate  24" ribbons, tie, and give to friends as St. Patrick's Day necklaces. If you give them as necklaces, you may use the shamrock to explain the Trinity as St. Patrick did when you give each one away.

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Tissue Paper Shamrocks
Pre-cut shamrock shapes from oak tag or heavy paper. Give each child a shamrock and a couple of small (< 6 inch) squares of green tissue paper. (Use various shades of green if possible). Show children how to tear paper into tiny pieces. Direct them to put a little bit of glue on a small portion of the shamrock, then use the torn bits of tissue paper to cover the glued area until the entire shamrock is covered. Allow shamrocks to dry.

Once dry, you may punch a hole in the top of each shamrock, run a piece of yarn through to create a loop, and use shamrocks to decorate the classroom.

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