Fun for Kids on St. Paddy’s Day
With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, it’s time to plan some fun activities for your kids! Here are three ideas for St. Patrick’s day crafts and activities:
Create a Paper Plate Leprechaun
You can’t celebrate St. Pat’s day without it’s mascot! A Paper Plate Leprechaun is a creative and simple crafting activity for children. The supplies needed are inexpensive and readily available. Here’s what you’ll need: paper plates, acrylic paint and paint brush, scissors, orange tissue paper, glue stick, green, black, and yellow card stock or construction paper, and a black marker.
Now that the supplies are assembled, let’s get started. First, paint to the back of the plate for the leprechaun’s face. Next, the orange tissue paper into pieces of approximately 2″ squares. Then using glue apply the paper to the rim of the plate to create the leprechaun’s beard.
Using the green construction paper, cut out the leprechaun’s hat. Then black and yellow paper are used for the band and buckle. Then glue the hat to the top of the leprechaun’s head. The eyes can be drawn on with black marker like the nose and mouth or glue googly eyes to add some fun.
Craft a Rainbow Suncatcher
This colorful suncatcher project is perfect for the idea of the rainbow and pot o’ gold. You will need red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple colored pipe cleaners and beads, a cookie sheet, parchment paper, scissors, and fishing line.
Let’s get started. Have the children string the same color bead onto the same color pipe cleaner for each part of the rainbow. When the beads are strung, bend the pipe cleaners into an arc and arrange them like a rainbow on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Be sure the beads touch in multiple spots and trim the tips of the pipe cleaners for an even edge. Then put the cookie sheet into a cold oven and set to bake at 350° for 10 minutes. When the beads are melting, there will be some fumes so open a window and run the oven fan. Once the beads melt together, turn the oven off and leave in the oven to cool before removing. Lastly, fishing line to make a loop through the top of the arc and hang in a window to catch the sun.
Leprechauns might be the mascot of St, Patrick’s day but shamrocks are the symbol. You can give that symbol life with this shamrock puppet project. Here’s you’ll need: foam shamrock shapes or green foam sheets, googly eyes, glue, craft sticks, and a black marker.
To create your shamrock puppet, glue your craft stick on the back of a foam shamrock. Then glue on the googly eyes and draw on a mouth with black marker to make the face. Each child can personalize their puppet with glasses, bow tie, scarf, or whatever their imagination creates!
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Heaven’s Elect Christian Learning Center and Daycare is a Non-denominational Christian childcare center fully licensed by the state of Michigan. Our Midland daycare center has been serving the community since 2000. The daycare center is open for your convenience: Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. When at all possible, we are open during Midland Public School snow days.