Traditional Saint Patrick Day Kids Fun!
1. Make a leprechaun hat.
2. Make placemats of the Irish Flag.
3. Make fun fact place cards.
4. Make a pot of gold.
5. Make lucky shamrocks.
6. Saint Patrick’s Day coloring pages and more.
Saint Patrick day is always a big day in our house. It is a day when our children can learn about our family’s heritage and the land where our ancestors came from. We have in the past hosted parties where we have friends come over and share in our festivities. The children always decorate the house with hand-made crafts. We study fun facts about Ireland, learn legends about Saint Patrick, and generally all have a great time!
One traditional craft which the kids can readily make is a leprechaun hat. Each guest is required to wear one!
1. LEPRECHAUN HAT
Materials needed per hat:
4 sheets of green construction paper
1 sheet of yellow construction paper
1 sheet of black construction paper
pencil for tracing
Take the green construction paper and fit it to your or your child’s head. It may be used long or short ways. Make sure that the ends touch. If needed another piece of paper may be attached to the first sheet. Once the ends are touching tape the sides together. That will provide the main shaft of the hat.
Now take another sheet of green construction paper and draw a large oval the same size as the sheet of paper. This will become the hat’s brim. Now, set the main shaft of the hat onto the oval, and trace the outside shape. Once that is completed remove the main shaft and set aside. Cut this shape out of the center of the oval. Flip the main shaft of the hat upside down and affix the brim with clear tape. Do this on the inside so that the tape won’t show.
Take the black paper and divide it long ways into thirds. Fold, and then cut down the lines. These pieces will become the belt around the hat. Next lay the black strip across the yellow paper to see what size square will be needed for the buckle. Measure a square that is about one inch larger than the width of the black strip. Draw another square inside that square, and make sure it is smaller than the black band. Cut out the outside and inside of the square, and set aside. The buckle should measure about 3 inches by 3 inches.
Wrap the black paper around the hat close to the brim, and fit it into place, trim the black strip if necessary. Now that the belt is sure to fit, it may be glued onto the hat near the brim. The buckle may now be centered on the black band and glued into place.
Another craft that we always make are Irish Placemats. These are placed on the table like typical placemats for each guest.
2. IRISH FLAG PLACEMATS
Materials needed per placemat:
1 sheet green construction paper
1 sheet white construction paper
1 sheet orange construction paper
The Irish Flag is green, white, and orange. Each bar of color is equally sized and for the placemats should be about five inches a piece. Take the green paper and use it as the base for the other colors.
Lay the construction paper horizontally and measure five inches of the green paper. Affix glue to the remaining inches of paper. Now, lay the white sheet of paper directly onto the green paper, making sure to leave the original five inches of green. Follow the same process for the orange paper.
Once everything is glued together, measure the orange paper to a width of five inches, as well, then use a straight edge to draw a cut line down the paper from top to bottom in order to remove the excess length from the placemat.
To make the table even more educational we often make matching placemats out of index cards, and in the center of each card we place a fact about Ireland.
3. IRISH PLACE CARDS
Materials needed per place card:
blank or index card
green, and orange crayon, or markers
Fold the index card in half. This should be a vertical fold. The card should be able to stand on the table.
Divide the front of the card into three equal sections. Color the first section green, leave the center white, and color the last section orange.
Inside the place cards write fun facts about Ireland or pithy Irish blessings.
Examples of Irish Fun Facts:
(Fun Facts provided by Ireland-fun-facts.com)
“The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia, in County Galway.”
“An odd Irish birthday tradition is to lift the birthday child upside down and give his head a few gentle bumps on the floor for good luck. The number of bumps should allegedly correspond to the child’s age plus one.”
“The original seven “Celtic Nations” are: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany (in France) and Galicia (in Spain).”
Examples of Irish Proverbs:
(Fun Facts provided by Ireland-fun-fact.com)
“Good luck beats early rising.”
“A lie travels further than the truth.”
“A scholars ink lasts longer than a martyr’s blood.”
“If you want an audience, start a fight.”
“Don’t break your shin on a stool that is not in your way.”
Another craft we use to adorn our table is a pot of gold.
4. RAINBOW AND POT OF GOLD
1 black cauldron (I save from Halloween)
newspaper, or filling
1 bag of golden bubble gum coins
purple construction paper
yellow construction paper
green construction paper
blue construction paper
red construction paper
and any color of choice
Center the black cauldron in the middle of the table and fill halfway up with crumpled newspaper, or another filler of choice. Then fill the rest of the way up with the golden bubble gum coins. Leave some coins out to fall around the table and in front of the cauldron.
Take the construction paper and make one by eight inch strips. Alternate colors green, red, yellow, purple and orange or any combination of colors and make two paper chains. The length should be enough to cover the area above your table, a little extra for draping effect, and should be able to reach the table and hang directly above the pot of gold. This chain will be the rainbow that leads to the pot of gold.
Affix one chain end to the ceiling above the end of the table on left, and another above the table on the right. Drape across the ceiling in a strait line and affix both chains to the ceiling above the table, allow the chain to fall loose from the center of the ceiling. Next, twist the strands together. Allow the rainbow to fall into the top of the pot of gold.
5. LUCKY SHAMROCKS!
When we make shamrocks we always discuss what the Saint Patrick used the shamrock for. It is important to give children a sense of history. According to legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock to teach people about God. He would say that the shamrock is made of three but is only one being. This would help the people to understand the idea of the Godhead which is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (dtk-holidays).
green construction paper
Shamrocks are easy to make! Take one sheet of paper and draw a large heart onto it. Then cut it out and use as a pattern. Each shamrock should consist of three or four petals. Use the pattern to make the petals and then set aside. Take another sheet of construction paper and draw a stem. (I usually make a semi-triangular base). Cut it out and use as a pattern. Cut out one stem for each shamrock. Sizes of the shamrocks can easily be scaled down.
5. COLORING PAGES AND MORE!
Shamrocks, leprechauns, and rainbows with pots of gold can all be found here.
Celtic crosses, shamrocks, harps, Blarney Castle, and Celtic knots are all found here.
Clipart, coloring pages, stationary, memory cards, and jigsaw puzzles all with a Saint Patrick’s day theme are here.
Whether your family has an Irish heritage, or your just looking for something fun for the kids, celebrating Saint Patrick’s day can be an educational experience for all!
http://www.apples4theteacher.com/coloring-pages/st-patricks-day/, Activity Page, Celtic Crosses, Blarney Castle, and Celtic Knots
http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/stpatty/fun.htm, Activity Page, clipart, jigsaw puzzles, stationary, coloring pages.
http://www.coloring.ws/patrick.htm, Home Page, Shamrocks, Leprechauns and Pots of Gold.
http://www.creativekidsathome.com/activities/activity_17.html#Shamrock pattern, Activity Page, Shamrock Patterns.
http://www.dltk-holidays.com/patrick/about.htm, Home Page, about Saint Patrick
http://www.ireland-fun-facts.com, Home Page, fun facts about Ireland
Fun Facts about Ireland http://www.ireland-fun-facts.com/index.html
About Saint Patrick: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/patrick/about.htm