fun with St. Patrick's Day shamrocks, the lucky four-leaf clover, and why green is such a special color for this holiday and the Irish people.
These activities can help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day celebrated March 17th, and Irish American Heritage Month. In the process, we can address some fundamental skills and learn about shapes and this ho!iday.
- white paper or different shades of green paper
- green coloring and/or painting tools
Instructions:Printing and assembly options:
- Option 1: Print template, cut out, trace necessary number of shapes to white paper, paint in different designs cut out, and assemble.
- Option 2: Print template, cut out, trace necessary number of shapes to different shades of green paper, cut out, and assemble.
Learning Activity 1 > Shapes &
Identify the shapes for all template pieces and color. Discuss that green is obtained by mixing yellow and blue. Discuss the color green and what it means to the Irish people. It is connected to hope and nature.
Where is the color green in nature? Plants, trees and animals, like clover. Introduce the symbol of the shamrock that represents a sprig of clover.
Learning Activity 2 > Numbers > Counting >
To conduct these activities template pieces should be colored and cut
Count how many of each shape are of each size for the shamrock (4) or the four-leaf clover (5). You may want to write the numbers as you count on the blank side of the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.
Make sure to save the image of the craft in the template as a visual aid during craft assembly. Make a demonstration of the sequence and allow the children to assemble by memory, provide assistance when needed.
- Friendship is Sharing: Have two or more children or family members crafting
Have children share their decorated shapes so that each child has shape(s) from
a friend for his/her final clover or shamrock.
- Decorate: Paint, color, stamp, or sponge the shapes with a variety of materials.
- Cut out the shapes and assemble to make a three or four-leaf clover and paste on paper.
- Paste paper or large plastic wiggly eyes, draw a nose and smile on the shamrock on the finished craft.
- Substitute paper shapes with coffee filters or cup cake liners and paint these with watercolors, diluted tempera, or make designs with markers first. Suggestion: Mix paint with a little white glue. When it dries it has a sheen to it. When dry, transfer and glue on a dark green background.
- Close template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero (minimum) if you have trouble fitting the template on one page or review Print Help.
Resources Social Studies > Multicultural > World Holidays:
Basic information at Wikipedia about the elements in this craft: shamrock:
- Shamrock: (three leaves) is a sprig of clover, and 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.
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