Welcome to this month’s issue of Craft your Kids Smart- filled with activities to celebrate and create for St. Patrick's Day.

The St. Pattys Day crafts, learning activities, and games on the Preschool Learning and Crafts website will teach, entertain, and provide hours of fun for your preschoolers and toddlers.

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Create a Leprechaun Trap
Inspire your child's creativity and imagination by showing him how to catch a Leprechaun.
Supplies
  • Box (a shoe box or other small box works well)
  • Paint stir, craft stick, or something similar
  • Paint, glitter, paper, markers, etc.
  • “Gold” (you can buy gold coin candy at most grocery or drug stores)

Directions

  1. Allow your child to decorate the box with paint, glitter, or markers. Leprechauns LOVE sparkles so be sure to let your preschooler know!
  2. Talk about the best spot to place the trap. Will the Leprechaun try to come in the window? The front door?
  3. Show your preschooler how to prop the box up with the stick so that it will fall on the Leprechaun.
  4. Place gold pieces leading from the window/door to the trap. Place a pile of gold under the box.
  5. Wait overnight to see what happens!
Skills practiced & learned:
Fine motor; Creativity; Problem Solving & Planning; and FUN!



Silly Leprechaun Tricks
We've never actually seen or caught a Leprechaun at our house, but the kids get a kick out of discovering all the silly tricks the Leprechaun played before heading back to Ireland. Here are some ideas...

  • Turn the toilet water green (a few drops of green food cloring)
  • Turn the napkins & tissues green (you can find these at your favorite discount store)
  • Steal the gold (exchange the gold in the trap for a small prize or note from the Leprecahun)
  • Leave Leprechaun "foot prints" (use green play dough or sprinkle green confetti from the trap and around the house)
  • Turn breakfast green (make green pancakes and milk with a few drops of green food coloring... act surprised when you serve them!)



Shamrock Sun Catcher
A fun and easy craft for preschooler and toddlers.
Supplies
  • Clear contact paper
  • Small pieces of green glitter, confetti, tissue paper, or cellophane
Directions
  1. Cut 2 identically sized pieces of contact paper
  2. Place glitter, confetti, or tissue paper in a container
  3. Peel the back off of 1 piece of the contact paper
  4. Have toddler or preschooler stick the glitter, confetti, or tissue paper on the contact paper
  5. When he is finished, place the second piece of contact paper onto the first
  6. Trace or draw a shamrock onto contact paper and cut it out
Skills practiced & learned:
Fine motor; Concentration; Creativity

Pot of Gold Hide & Seek Game
Make the pot of gold craft below and then take turns hiding and searching for the pieces of gold.
Directions
  1. Trace and cut out 10 circles from the yellow paper (a great way to practice cutting)
  2. Cut the top 1/3 off of both paper plates (draw a line across and let your preschooler do this)
  3. Have an adult staple the plates together to form a pot (leave the top open)
  4. Color the pot black and decorate
  5. Place the coins in the pot

Skills practiced & learned:
Fine motor; Cutting; Problem Solving; Counting (count the peices of gold after you find them)

More Preschool Games


I'm a Little Leprechaun
Teach your children this cute little St. Patrick's Day song to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little Leprechaun,
Green and bold,
Here is my rainbow and pot of gold.
If you set a trap to try to catch me,
I'm quick and tricky you will see!


More Preschool Songs

More St. Patrick's Day Activities and Ideas

Preschool Spring Crafts and Activities




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