The luck of the Irish is upon you because, as luck would have it, we have some fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts kids will love to make. From leprechauns and rainbows to shamrocks and gold treasures, here are six ways to celebrate on March 17th! —Jennifer Cox
popsicle stick leprechaun hat. Line up a few popsicle sticks (or even wider tongue depressors) and glue them together to form the top part of the hat. Then use a stick or two the other way as the brim on the bottom. Colour or paint them. Add a buckle by cutting one out of construction paper.
orange bearded leprechaun with fork. Make a face under your popsicle stick hat by gluing the hat to paper or cardstock (which is sturdier), and drawing eyes and a smile. Take a plastic fork dipped in orange paint and use it to make a feathery-looking beard by doing downward strokes.
rainbow paper chain. Everyone loves making a paper chain! Just cut strips of paper in the colour of the stripes of a rainbow, then build the paper loops, and secure them with glue, tape, or staples.
green handprint shamrock. Roll up those sleeves and dip your little one’s hands into green paint. Then, have them stamp their hands in four different directions that meet in the middle to form the shape of a shamrock or clover. It’s a cute, festive decoration and a sweet keepsake too.
painted pots with coins. You’ll need to make a quick trip to the dollar store for this one: buy small clay pots and have your kiddos paint them. Then have them leave them out the night before St. Patrick’s Day and fill them with chocolate gold coins for the next morning.
leprechaun trap. Every year my son builds a leprechaun trap, and we still have yet to catch the little guy! But it’s always fun trying. Create a trap from things like a shoebox to LEGOS to homemade nets. Let each family build their own to see the different types of traps everyone can come up with!