Crafts for Kids

 

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, your child can explore the concept of resist with this fun green-on-green shamrock art activity. It’s as simple as getting out a green crayon, watercolor paints and a piece of white paper. Your child can experiment making many different shamrocks to create lots and lots of decorations for St. Patrick’s Day!

What You Need:

  • Green crayon
  • White paper
  • Green watercolor paint
  • Paintbrush

What to Do:

  1. Start by taking a look at what a shamrock looks like with your child by researching on the Internet or in books. The shamrock is a symbol of Ireland and is a small three-leafed clover plant that grows all over Ireland.
  2. Offer your child the white paper and green crayon and invite her to draw a large shamrock that almost touches the edges of the paper. Encourage her to press hard with her crayon, making a strong line and encouraging her fine motor skills!
  3. Now get out the watercolor paints and ask your child what she thinks might happen if she paints the paper – will the green crayon show through?
  4. Invite your child to cover her paper with green watercolor paint and watch as her shamrock pops out! Crayons are made with wax, which repels (or resists) water!
  5. Once she’s covered her entire paper, she can let her green shamrock dry and then proudly display it in a special spot for St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you know: Shamrocks are worn on St. Patrick’s Day, and all year round, in Ireland to bring a bit of luck to the Irish and all their children, no matter where they are!

 

Get your child into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by showing her how to craft a pretty, decorative harp—the ancient folk instrument that is Ireland’s national emblem. She’ll be delighted to string together a harp of her own using simple household items. As an educational bonus, this ornamental musical tribute develops her hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and concentration.

What You Need:

  • Sturdy piece of cardboard thin enough to punch holes in
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Gold string
  • Hole punch

What You Do:

  1. Have your child draw an outline of a harp on the cardboard. Many images of harps are available online if you need something to refer to.
  2. Cut the harp out, making sure that the width all the way around is wide enough for you to punch holes.
  3. Help her punch holes across the top and bottom sections of the harp. Be sure that the holes line up with each other from top to bottom.
  4. Now, the harp is ready to be strung! Show her how to thread the string through the top left hole and tie a double knot on the reverse side to secure it.
  5. Have her continue threading the string through each of the holes, working her way from top to bottom and left to right until she reaches the very last hole. She will thread the string out the first top hole, in the first bottom hole, out the second bottom hole, in the second top hole, out the third top hole, in the third bottom hole and so on.
  6. Ask her to tie a double knot to secure the string at the last hole, and cut the string.
  7. If she wants, she can decorate her harp with glitter glue and green accents.

Play Irish harp music as your child works for added inspiration and enjoyment. It’s easy to go online and listen to some of the works of great Irish harpists and composers such as Turlough O’Carolan.

 

The Blarney Stone is built into the battlements of Blarney Castle in the Irish village of Blarney. Legend has it that whoever kisses the stone receives the gift of persuasive eloquence, or blarney. No one knows the origin of the stone’s magical powers, but one legend claims that an old woman cast a spell on it to reward the king who saved her from drowning.

In this activity, you can celebrate Irish history and culture by making your own miniature version of the Blarney Stone! Use it as a paperweight to help keep office clutter in order or give it away as a special St. Patrick’s Day gift.

What You Need:

  • Smooth rock, washed and dried
  • Acrylic paint in green
  • Acrylic paint in other colors (optional: try orange and white for the colors of the Irish flag)
  • Paint brushes
  • Small bowls
  • Glitter, beads, and/or sequins
  • Glue

What You Do:

  1. Pour a little green paint into one of the small bowls and ask your child to paint the rock on all sides.
  2. Let the paint dry completely.
  3. Once the first coat is dry, have him paint a second coat of green paint on the rock, then let dry again.
  4. Now it’s time to decorate! Pour a little glitter, beads, or similar items into small bowls and have your child glue them on the rock. You’re using other paint colors, pour some into the bowls and let your child paint as she likes.
  5. Once she’s done decorating, set the rock aside to dry.

Kissing the Blarney Stone may sound like a simple enough task, but it’s actually quite tricky. It rests between the parapet and main wall of the castle; to kiss it, you have to lean backwards and turn your head upside down while holding on to the iron supports! Still, thousands of people visit the castle annually in the hope of receiving the stone’s magical gift.

 

The shamrock, a three-leafed clover, is the symbol of Ireland. Originally used by native Celtic people as medicine, it was also believed to be good luck. It is now a point of pride for Irish people, and a symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day. This March, try decorating your home with these scented shamrocks–sure to fill your home with Irish spirit.

What You Need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Paintbrush
  • 1 box green Jell-O mix
  • Empty saltshaker or spice container
  • Paintbrush
  • Hole punch and ribbon or string (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Cut a shamrock shape from the construction paper. Have your child paint glue all over the cutout.
  2. Pour the Jell-O mix into the shaker and sprinkle the powder on the glue. Shake off any excess powder and let the glue dry.
  3. Use the shamrock as a gretting card, or punch a hole in its top, loop ribbon or string through the hole, and hang it from a doorknob or picture hook.

 

Symmetry is a basic math concept that even young children can master. Your child can learn about symmetry by making a simple squished paint print. Get ready to get messy! This imaginative art activity will help your child to better understand this important mathematical idea, explore color and shape, experiment with paint and print making as an artistic process, and even learn about fractions (when she folds the paper in half).

What You Need:

  • Construction or drawing paper
  • Tempera or finger paint

What You Do:

  1. Ask your child to choose a light color of paper (the lighter the paper, the better the painted design will show up). Help her fold the paper in half. Point out how the paper went from one rectangle to two — this is a great opportunity to discuss fractions.
  2. Pour a golf ball-sized glob of paint into your child’s hand.
  3. Have your child gently throw or press the paint onto one half of the paper only. Make sure that some of the paint touches the folded line in the center.
  4. Press the two halves together like a book. Rub the outside firmly to transfer the paint.
  5. Open to reveal a symmetrical print!
  6. Add in a color mixing lesson and give your child the three primaries (yellow, red, and blue) to work with. Have her squish the paint colors in her hands prior to applying them to the paper.

 

 

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