St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and this is a really fun holiday for kids because the crafts and activities are easy and endless. See below for 2 crafts and 1 activity I did with my kids that both enjoyed (age 1 and 4). And if all else fails and this seems like too much work, just make a rainbow!
- An old box, shoebox, or Amazon box
- Green construction paper
- Popsicle sticks
- Ribbon or string
- Lucky Charms
- “Trap food” (We used gold coins and Lucky Charms)
- Color, paint, or glue green construction paper on the old box.
- Glue popsicle sticks together to create a “ladder” (image above.
- Glue pieces of string on the opening of the box to create a “trap” (image above).
- Decorate the box with Lucky Charms and gold coins to “trick” the leprechaun into climbing the stairs and falling into trap.
- Place the ladder on the box and sprinkle Lucky Charms or “trap” food around the box the night before St. Patricks Day.
- Optional: the morning of St. Patrick’s Day – before the kids wake up – you can plant green feet around the box so the kids think the leprechaun came. Or, you can purchase a small figurine and actually have him “trapped” in the morning.
Leprechaun Treats (for Friends):
- Lucky Charms
- Plastic Ziploc Bag
- Note or poem to classmates/friends (see poem below for what I included)
T’was the night before St. Patrick’s Day
And all through our home
Not a child was awake
And nor was a gnome
Little did we know, as we slept
– Like we should –
a mischievous Leprechaun
Was up to no good!
Use these treats to catch the little man!
- Have child scoop 1/2 cup of Lucky Charms into each Ziploc bag. We made 25 for each child in my son’s preschool class.
- Have your child cut around each note to be placed inside each bag of treats.
- Insert note into the bag of treats.
- Hand out in class. Bonus points if you include directions on how to make a Leprechaun trap (directions above)!
Handprint Pot of Gold
- Cardstock paper (holds up better than standard paper)
- Rainbow colored paints
- Cut-out shamrocks
- Crumpled brown paper bag
- Cotton balls
- Paint your child’s hands rainbow colors. I did the thumb as red, pointer finger orange, middle finger yellow, ring finger green, pinky blue, and his palm a pink-ish/purple. Place handprint on paper.
- Draw a bowl shape onto a brown paper bag and have your child cut it out. Crumple up slightly (to create a 3-D effect) and glue below cotton balls.
- Below the handprint and above the pot, glue cotton balls as the rainbow clouds.
- Glue green shamrocks around the paper.
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