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Sherri Richards, Published March 17 2009

Celtic and crafty

You don’t need the luck of the Irish to keep the kids busy today. Here are several simple St. Patrick’s Day crafts you can do with your lads and lassies.

Handprint Rainbow

What you need:

Have the child trace his or her hand on each sheet of paper and cut it out. Glue the hands together in an arc.

For younger children, trace and cut out their hands but let them glue. You can use this activity to practice the names of the colors. Older children can practice the order of colors in a rainbow or talk about primary and secondary colors.

Leprechaun Hat

What you need:

Paint the paper plate and outside of the cup green. Once the paint is dry, glue the cup upside down in the center of the bottom of the paper plate.

Cut a strip of black paper to wrap around the cup for the band of the hat and glue in place (We painted the band on the hat instead). Cut a square out of yellow construction paper for the buckle and glue to the band.

Pot of Gold

What you need:

Cut a black pot out of the construction paper (We found a template online). Cut small circles out of the gold foil or wrapping paper (We painted a sheet of construction paper gold and cut the gold coins out once it was dry.) Glue the coins in place.

Thumbprint Shamrocks

What you need:

Dip the child’s thumb in green paint. Press down on the paper, clustering the prints together to make three-or four-leaf shamrocks. Paint a thin line to be the stem using the paintbrush or your little finger.

Cut out a single shamrock to decorate a homemade card, or make a field of

shamrocks on a piece of paper.