paper leprechaun

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! Many of you will be celebrating the day with your kids at home since most schools in the United States and beyond are closed right now. Tonight, I want to share a simple but fun craft that will keep your kids busy for a little bit tomorrow!

Materials Used

  • Construction Paper (I used orange, green, black, yellow, and a light brown that my daughter picked from a pack of multicultural construction paper. )
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers/Pens/Crayons

To get ready for this activity, I cut out a hat from the green paper, an oval from the brown paper, a small rectangle from the black paper, and a slightly bigger rectangle from the yellow paper. Next, I traced my daughter’s hand onto orange paper folded into fours. I used two pieces of paper so that I’d have eight hand prints total. If your children can use scissors, you can just draw the shapes that need cut and let them do the cutting!

After all the cutting was done, I gave my daughter the oval and had her draw a face.

After the face was drawn, I helped my daughter glue on the hat. We used the yellow and black paper to make a buckle.

Finally, I flipped over our little leprechaun and I helped my daughter glue the hand prints on to the bottom of the oval. This is his beard.

This is our finished leprechaun!

Book Suggestions

Crafts and learning activities are even more fun when paired with a book! Since St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, I picked books that are available on Kindle!

Open Ended Snowman

We have not had a lot of snow in Ohio this year. My toddler is so excited to make a snowman, but has not been able to do that yet. Today, we decided to make our own winter fun with this open ended snowman. This craft is great for kids from three to five and can be done at home or in a classroom setting. We encourage you to use whatever materials you have on hand, but we will list what we used!

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Materials Used

  • White Paper (We used three pieces.)
  • Blue Construction Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Crayons
  • Glue (We used bottled glue, but if I had to do it again, I’d use a glue stick.)

We started by cutting out three circles from the white paper. My daughter is new to using scissors, so she needed assistance, but older children should be able to do it themselves. She decided to use craft scissors with a decorative edge. I let her decide how big each circle should be.

Next, I gave her the glue and had her glue down the circles on the paper. I did not offer her any guidance with this.

After the circles were glued on, I helped her glue on the eyes.

To finish the snowman, I asked my toddler to tell me what other parts she wanted on her snowman and we drew them together. She is newly three, so she needed more help with this than a four or five year old would. The end result was a unique and adorable snowman!

Book Suggestions

If you are looking for a book to read with this craft, we have a few suggestions!

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Shape Leprechaun Hat

We are a week away from St. Patrick’s Day! This leprechaun hat is super easy and can be done with materials most of you will already have at home! This craft is perfect for kids between the ages of two and six!

Materials Needed

  • Green Construction Paper
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Yellow Construction Paper
  • White or Other Light Color Construction Paper
  • scissors
  • Glue

I started by cutting the green paper in half. Next, I helped my daughter cut one half of the green paper into long strips and the other half into shorter, thicker strips. Next, I cut out a black rectangle and a yellow rectangle that was slightly bigger than the black rectangle. If your child is not comfortable with scissors at all, you can cut the strips. If they are really good with scissors, try letting them cut out the rectangles as well.

After all the cutting was done, we started to glue! We started with the longer rectangles. We used these as the rim of the hat. After that, I helped her glue on the shorter rectangles. The last things to get glued on were the two rectangles.

The finished product is a cute little leprechaun hat!

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