For a wee bit of green fun in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, here's a roundup of creative craft projects. Most are easily made with materials you already have at home or in the classroom, and many are simple enough for the tiniest of leprechauns.
These fun and easy St. Patrick's Day crafts are listed by subject, including leprechaun, pot of gold, shamrock, and rainbow. Each illustrated craft recipe includes a recommended minimum age, a materials list, and (of course) instructions. Most include printable templates in both color and black and white (for those who wish to color their own crafts.) And, best of all, the instructions are available in a printable format (look for the highlighted link at the bottom of each craft page.)
"You don't need luck to find great St. Patrick's Day crafts and recipes." The photos here are gorgeous, and every craft and cupcake simply jumps off the screen. You can peruse the gallery by clicking through the photo slideshow, or find the tiny View All icon. More St. Patrick's Day fun, including games and printables, can be found in the St. Patrick's menu on the left.
For preschool and kindergarten kids, First School provides printable crafts (and lesson plans) for St. Patrick's Day and Irish American Heritage Month. In addition to the craft instructions, the activities include reference links to articles about shamrocks, the history of St. Patrick's Day, and other related topics. "Shamrock: (three leaves) is the national emblem of Ireland. Lucky Four-Leaf Clover: when a rare four leaflet occurs in a clover it is said to be lucky and the leaves represent hope, faith, love and the fourth one, luck."
Shamrock Man with googly eyes, Paper Plate Leprechaun, and St. Pat's Rainbow Loops are just a few of the thirteen illustrated craft projects listed at Free Kids Crafts. Additionally, on the second page of the St. Patrick's Day section, they have a collection of links to St. Patrick's Day crafts at other sites. Looking for a steady stream of new craft ideas? On the front page of the site, Free Kids Crafts features a new craft every day. Click on the calendar for an archive of previous crafts.
With both video instruction and illustrated how-to articles, Kaboose has St. Patrick's Day crafts covered! In addition to the crafts showcased on this page, you'll find party ideas, recipes, printables and a St. Patrick's Day quiz by following the link to the main St. Patrick's Day page (in the opening paragraph.) My favorite click is Wearable Crafts, where you'll find instructions for Shamrock Rings, a Felt Leprechaun Hat and a Paper Chain Shamrock Necklace.