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St. Patrick's Day crafts

Take time for some green day fun with your kids.  The kiddos may need a wee bit of help to complete these St. Patrick's Day crafts. 

Ping-Pong Ball Painted Shamrocks

Materials: ping-pong balls, different shades of green paint, box with a lid, white construction paper

Marble painting is always fun, but why not try something a wee bit different?  Put a large piece of construction paper in a box with a lid.  Use a plastic spoon to drizzle different shades of green paint onto the paper.  Invite a child to drop a Ping-Pong ball into the box, put on the lid, and give the box a few good shakes to make the ball bounce!  After the paint has dried, have each child trace a large shamrock on her paper and then cut it out.  Use the shapes to decorate for St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick's Day Pal

Materials for one: 6" skin-tone construction paper square, 5" x 6" green construction paper rectangle, 11/2" x8 green construction paper strip, 1" x 6" yellow construction paper strip, scissors, crayons, glue, shredded orange paper, pencil with an unused eraser, green paint in a shallow container, glitter (optional)

To make a head, round the corners of one side of the skin-tone paper.  Draw a face, orange hair, and an orange beard.  Glue the shredded paper to the beard.  Round one short side of the green rectangle to make the top of a hat.  Glue the hat to the head.  Glue the green paper strip to the hat to make a brim.  Dip the pencil eraser into the paint.  Make clusters of prints on the yellow paper to resemble shamrocks.  Allow the paint to dry.  Draw  stems on the shamrocks.  If desired, glue glitter to the yellow strip for decoration.  Glue the yellow strip above the hat brim.

Dotted Rainbow

Materials: white construction paper, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red bingo marker OR use tempera paint.

Gather bingo marker in all the colors of the rainbow for this dot-next-to-dot art project!  On a sheet of white construction paper, have each child dab a purple bingo marker several times to form a small arch.  Then have children continue with blue, green, yellow, orange, and red bingo markers, making larger arches each time until children form a full rainbow.  If you don't have bingo markers in every color, make smaller rainbows on half sheets of paper.  Simply have a child dip a thumb into each color of paint and make thumbprints! 

Stain-Glass Look Alike

Materials: contact paper, different shades of green tissue paper, scissors, permanent marker, hole punch and yarn

Cut squares out of the clear contact paper leaving the backing on until ready for the project to begin.  Also cut small squares out of the pieces of tissue paper.  Give each child a square of clear contact paper and tissue paper squares.  Peel the backing off.  Allow children to place the tissue paper onto the contact paper.  When children are finished place another square of contact paper over the tissue paper.  With a permanent marker trace a shamrock then cut it out.  Punch a hole at the top of the shamrock and hang it in a window using yarn.

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