Saint Patrick’s Day Activities

I’ve been having so much fun looking for Saint Patrick’s Day Activities for this month and I’ve found some pretty amazing projects to try in the classroom!  Here are some of my favorites. Click on an image to view the original source.

Saint Patrick’s Day Rainbow Activities

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Next, here is a recipe to make some Saint Patrick’s Day slime!

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For this Pot of Gold Sight Word Activity,  students practice writing sight words on gold coins which they can keep in their black cauldrons.

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The 5 Little Leprechauns Poem to chant:

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I think it would be so much fun to make a leprechaun trap like the one below!

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This page has several ideas making different kinds of leprechaun traps.

And if you don’t catch him this time, here is a cute note you can print off and read to your kids!

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I am not sure of the original source of this note, so if you made it please let me know so I can give proper credit!

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Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – Make Your Own Giant Beanstalk!

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – A giant construction paper beanstalk hangs from the ceiling tiles making for a whole-class creation that adds a touch of magic to the room!

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After it’s put together, kids can have fun re-telling the story of Jack And The Beanstalk using character puppets made out of construction paper and popsicle sticks!

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Directions

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1. Start out with a piece of large green construction paper.

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2. Use a green marker to draw a spiral outward, starting in the center of the construction paper.

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3. Cut around the spiral shape and cut off the edges of the paper. Make a crevice where the kids will begin cutting into the spiral.

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4. Pour a tiny bit of glue over the paper and sprinkle it with some glitter for extra magical effect! Leave overnight to dry.

5. Cut out leaves, beans, and sprigs. Make curly sprigs by cutting thin strips of green construction paper. Wrap them around a pencil, slightly unrolling afterward.

6. Create leaves by cutting football shapes out of the green construction paper. Curl these around a pencil slightly. Beans are just slightly elongated football shapes.

7. The kids can also cut out their own leaves too but you can lay some precut leaves out on the tables for inspiration.

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8. Kids begin by cutting along the spiral until they have a long curvey beanstalk.

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9. Next, glue on some paper leaves, beans, and curly sprigs!

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10. Hole punch the end of each beanstalk and tie a small loop of yarn to the end of each one.  String a longer piece of yarn through the yarn loops on the individual beanstalks and attach the whole thing to the ceiling tiles by this string.

Now all you need are some kindergarten-made character puppets and kids can use their imaginations to re-enact the story of Jack And The Beanstalk!

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Star of David Stained-Glass Ornaments Kids Can Make!

What better way to teach your students about Hanukkah than with a fun craft?  These Star of David ornaments are made using tissue paper and popsicle sticks and are the perfect kid-made gift to send home during the holidays.

Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own Star of David “stained-glass” ornaments!

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My four and five year olds seemed to really enjoy creating their stars.  The process of painting on the tissue paper was quite calming and meditative for myself and I think it had a similar effect on the kids.

We hung our ornaments in the windows and the sunlight shining through created a beautiful stained-glass effect!

 

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Materials Needed:

  • Popsicle Sticks ~ 6 popsicle sticks for each ornament.
  • Tissue Paper ~ Various colors cut into strips and squares.
  • Bottle Glue
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes
  • Thin string, yarn or ribbon ~ cut into 7 inch pieces

Getting The Star Frames Ready 

After gathering your materials, you will create the star frames out of popsicle sticks. Each ornament uses six popsicle sticks.

Glue three popsicle sticks together to make an equilateral triangle. Repeat until you have two triangles for each ornament you will be making.

Let the triangles dry separately for about 10-15 minutes.

Once they are dry, place the triangles on top of one another facing opposite directions to see where they will connect. Add a few dots of glue and press the triangles together until they stick on their own. Set the star frame(s) aside to dry.

 

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Thin some glue by putting it in a little bowl and mixing it with some water.

Show your kids how to lay the strips of tissue paper over the popsicle sticks and paint the glue mixture on, starting where the paper touches the popsicle sticks.   The glue mixture will soak through the tissue paper and, when it dries, will be securely attached to the frame.

 

Making The Ornament

 

The Final Steps

After students are finished adding the tissue paper pieces, you can touch up the stars before letting them dry. Smooth out the edges and add tissue paper pieces to fill in any gaps.

Place the star ornaments aside and let them dry for 30 minutes to an hour.  Some kids may go overboard with the glue water so those may take a little longer to dry.

 

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I added names to small paper plates to help me keep track of who’s star was who’s. Next time I might just write names written on pieces of tape to create less waste.

 

Once the tissue paper is dry,  you can write each student’s name and the year on the ornament with a Sharpie.  You could even get fancy and use a metallic Sharpie if you have one laying around somewhere!

 

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Poke a small hole through the tissue paper near the inside of one of the points. A sharpened pencil works well for this.

Thread a piece of ribbon or string through the hole and tie it in a loop so it can hang in a window, or anywhere else the light can shine through, and showcase your Star of David’s stained-glass-like luminance!

 

 

Finished Star of David Ornament

 

Did You Know?

The Star of David is a six-pointed figure consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles. it is used as a Jewish and Israeli symbol and appears on the flag of Israel.

Tell Us What You Think

Did you love making this craft as much as we did? See something that could use an improvement? We want to know these things you are thinking!

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Genuis Tips for Arts and Crafts Time with Kids

These genius tips from WhatupMoms will save you tons of time and headache during arts and crafts time with your kids!  Get creative with these 12 brilliant ideas, and you can sit back and relax, as common problems are solved with mess-free solutions.

This video shows how to do mess free painting with toddlers, and a smart way to teach kids how to hold scissors correctly.  I also love the solution for those kids who always use way too much glue!  These tips are great both for crafts at home and in the classroom, and you probably own most of the materials already!  Watch the video and I think you will agree that the suggestions will ensure both you and your kids get the most fun out of arts and crafts time!

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