As a child, I grew up being told that there was no day more important for us irish than St. Patrick's day. There was always a special treat for me and my sisters and there is even a fun family story about our father decorating our house from top to bottom after my sister complained that we never did anything to celebrate Valentine's Day! As a pediatric therapist, I like to have a few good crafts up my sleeves for the big day. Here are a few that I will be doing with my kids at work over the next few days.
*a real challenge for older kids would be to have them use the smaller marshmallows to make their shamrocks. Makes them use those little hand muscles to a different level. Plus, you can have the kids make cards for their loved ones either telling them what they feel lucky for or have them copy some Irish Proverbs onto a card.
Fruit Loop Rainbow and Pot of Gold-for some of my younger kids who are quite ready for shamrock making and stringing beads, I am going to use the Fruit Loops to make a rainbow. It's an easy activity but works on so many great fine motor, visual motor and eye-hand coordination goals. I found this free template that I will be using with the kids. Again, depending on the child's age and skill level, I will either have all the colors pre-sorted for them or have them sift through and find the color they need.
While many of the kids I work with aren't Irish, it doesn't mean we can't use the day to do a fun craft and think about why we think we are lucky. Kids also like any reason or holiday to be able to make something and take it home to give to those they love. Do you have a work or family favorite St. Patrick's Day craft? I would love to see some of the amazing things you do with your kids! I am always a click away and love hearing from you. And for those of you who celebrate....May The Luck of the Irish be with you always!