St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. His saint's day is celebrated on November 30th, and he is a major part of Scottish traditions and heritage. The flag of Scotland is the Cross of St. Andrew, and the Order of St. Andrew is an exclusive order of knighthood that was established in 1687. There are many craft projects that one can make for this day to celebrate both St. Andrew and Scotland.
The flag of Scotland represents St. Andrew's cross. It is a plain dark blue flag with two white lines that run diagonally from corner to corner, forming a white cross in the middle. To celebrate St. Andrew's Day, try making the Scottish flag. It can be made from cloth for an advanced sewer, or you can make one from felt and thread or glue if you are less experienced. This also makes a good project for children; construction paper may be better than cloth for young children. Look online for patterns.
Shortbread is a sweet treat that was created in Scotland and was once a luxury reserved only for special occasions. Today, shortbread is a common souvenir in Scotland and the ingredients for shortbread are simple to come by. Try baking some shortbread to celebrate Scotland. If desired, add some blue food colouring to colour the shortbread and bake in small squares. Form a small white icing cross on the top of each square to create St. Andrew's cross.
Mini Golf Course
Golf is a popular game that originated in Scotland. The town of St. Andrews is heavily associated with this game and has 11 golf courses as well as the British Golf Museum. As a craft project for a family or group of children, try making a miniature golf course to set out on a table. You can use ping-pong balls or other small balls and cups turned on their sides for the holes. Let children be creative about how to create hazards, like using sheets of sandpaper to make sand traps.
Tartans are specific plaid patterns that are associated with families in Scotland. Children are likely to be familiar with kilts, which are a type of clothing that displays a tartan pattern. Try making your own tartan pattern. You can use a loom or cut slits at regular intervals along the sides of a square of cardboard. Use a coloured yarn to thread the cardboard loom either horizontally or vertically, then create a repeating coloured pattern. For younger children, try weaving ribbons and putting them over a piece of coloured fabric. To celebrate St. Andrew's Day, use plenty of blue and white in your pattern to represent one of the stories of St. Andrew, in which the Scots and Picts won a battle when a white cross appeared in a blue sky.
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