Leprechauns, four-leaf clovers and pots of gold are typically associated with Ireland. While St. Patrick's Day is an important part of the Irish culture, there's more to Ireland than little green men and rainbows. Crafts that relate to the culture of Ireland give kids a better understanding of the country and its traditions.
A replica of the Irish flag combines creativity with an educational component. Display an image of the Irish flag as a reference for the craft. It is a simple design so even young children can handle this craft. The flag features three vertical strips of colour. From left to right, the colours are green, white and orange. A rectangle of sturdy paper creates the background for the flag. You can draw lines to divide the sections for the kids before you do the craft. The kids can either paint the sections or cover them with corresponding colours of tissue paper. Add a paint stirring stick or a wooden dowel as a handle for the flag.
Potato Play Dough
Potatoes are commonly associated with Ireland. Making homemade play dough out of mashed potatoes connects the Irish theme to a creative activity. It's also a good way to use up uneaten potatoes without throwing them in the trash. You'll mix mashed potatoes with flour to create a workable consistency. A good ratio for the dough is three-parts flour to four-parts potatoes. Another option is to use instant mashed potato flakes. Make them according to the directions but use less water so they have a stiffer consistency.
Self-hardening play dough or clay allows kids to make their own lucky charms. Purchase plain keyrings so the kids can attach the charms. An obvious choice for the shape of the lucky charm is a shamrock. They can also choose other shapes if they prefer a different lucky charm. The kids can shape the dough by hand or use cookie cutters. Make a hole near the top with a drinking straw. Once the clay hardens, the kids paint the charms to complete the craft.
A Celtic cross is another symbol of Ireland that translates well to a kids craft. Cut the cross shape from a piece of thin cardboard. The Celtic cross often has a circle behind it so you can also cut a ring out of the cardboard if you wish to add it to the craft. The kids paint both the cross and the ring as desired. They can add scroll designs or other patterns to dress up the crosses. A green gemstone in the middle is another simple touch to finish off the Celtic cross craft.
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