Boo and I recently created our third Dollar Store plate- this time with a St. Patrick’s Day flair! I tried making a shamrock plate, but as soon as I saw this adorable handprint leprechaun from Meet the Dubiens I was in love.
Materials for the Leprechaun:
- Orange and peach paint
- 2 brushes
- black, yellow, and green paper for hat
Materials for the plate:
- Variety of colored tissue paper cut into squares
- Glass plate from the dollar store
- mod podge/foam brush
Make the handprint leprechaun. (for complete step by step directions on making the leprechaun , head over to Meet the Dubiens
Turn the plate over (so the back is facing you). Put the leprechaun facedown on the back of the plate. Then modpodge it on until the leprechaun sticks on the plate. Don’t worry if he looks a little gluey- it won’t stay this way!
Modpodge the tissue paper squares on to the back of the plate to fill in the gaps. Be careful not to rip or tear the tissue paper during this process.
Turn the plate over and admire your work. Preferrably in front of a large window- I just love how the light shines through the paper!
And it is such a great addition to our St. Patricks Day mantle. (We just rolled up green glitter foam paper and stuck it inside our apothecary jars- simple, yet goes well with our green theme!)
We are having such a great time making these holiday handprint plates! For similar art ideas, follow our hand and footprint pinterest board.
Happy Crafting with your kids- and Happy Teaching!
Next week we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day… and we are getting ready for some fun! I have been compiling a list of toddler activities for one of the greenest days of the year! I think it is always good to be prepared- maybe looking through these ideas will inspire you for a little Irish fun!
- handprint shamrocks: yes I am going to pull out the paint despite the taste testing a couple days ago! I think this is a darling, festive way to capture those sweet little handprints. The website suggested adding glitter…I am not to that point yet!
- go on a green color hunt: this idea was originally posted on my list of 20 activities I loved from No Time For Flashcards. This week we will go on the GREEN hunt- I am thinking that if we do this every day, by the end of the week she should be pretty familiar with the color green! I will add new green items for her to search for every day to keep my daughter thinking- things like green blocks, yarn, felt, pipe cleaners, pom poms, assortment of play foods, frog puppet, etc. I also love the idea of making green with the color squisher sacks!
- green jello snack- my daughter LOVES jello- green jello will be the perfect afternoon snack on St. Patrick’s Day!
- green playdoh–
1 part flour
2 parts oatmeal
1 part water
green food coloring
A great activity for little hands- this recipe is edible, so it has appealed me already!
- wear green- nobody wants to be pinched! Daddy already bought us 5 dollar matching shirts from Old Navy! 🙂
- A cute little fingerplay I found online:
Hiding in the hay. (Hide pointer finger under opposite hand.)
Don’t you run away. (Hop pointer finger around.)
Let’s go out and play. (Hop both pointer fingers together.)
It’s St. Patrick’s Day! (Dance pointer fingers up and down.)
If you have more great ideas, please comment and let me know! I would love to start a tradition with catching the leprechaun… any ideas out there? Thanks for reading and may the luck of the Irish be with you this week!!