Friday, February 24, 2012

An Irish Blessing...and a Sweet Little Project

"May your troubles be less and your blessings be more,
and nothing but happiness come through your door."

So, I left you all hanging on Valentine's Day by not posting any projects or recipes until just before the day. Well I got a little green blood running through my veins and I get excited for just about every holiday, so I decided to get a jump on my St. Patty's Day crafts and recipes so you'll have time to do some of them, you know, BEFORE the holiday...or at least on it.

First up, something (you guessed it) Simple!! But I'd probably mount and frame and use it as some of my holiday decor, cute.

Hand-stamped Shamrocks:
    Green Paint (preferably washable)
    Thick paper (preferably white)
    A brush to apply paint or a plate/tray to dip hands in paint
    A child willing to get their hands a little messy!

These are the "stamps" we used:
(for the leaves of the Shamrock)

(for the stem of the Shamrock)

Then mash them on the paper like this (you may have to reapply paint in the process)
2 closed-hand stamps per Shamrock leaf then one long open-hand stamp to make the stem.
They look a little strange at this point, we thought "Octopus prints" (*idea for summer project*)
But when you cut them out, they take shape a little more but most importantly, it was a good learning experience.

We talked about Ireland and the color green, we talked about leprechauns and the fact that we have some Irish in us. We also talked about what it means to be "lucky," a project I did with my actual preschool class last St. Patrick's Day - stay tuned for a post on that coming soon!

"May flowers always line your path, and sunshine light your day,
May [2 Little Birds] serenade you every step along your way!"


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