St. Patrick's Day is a day for celebrating all that is green. Traditionally an Irish holiday, today people of all backgrounds take part in celebrating St. Patrick's Day with fun activities, eating Irish food and wearing green.
Make a Shamrock
Finding a four-leaf clover is considered good luck in Ireland. Clover, or shamrocks, grow wild over many of the Irish moors. To make your own shamrock, you will need green construction paper, scissors and glue. Start out by cutting out three 4-inch by 4-inch squares of green construction paper. Fold the green construction paper squares in half. Draw a half heart on each paper with the folded edge of paper at the center of the heart. Cut out the hearts. Using a piece of paper, glue the hearts with the pointed edge of each heart touching in the center to create a shamrock. The hearts may overlap in order for them to fit together on the paper. Cut a stem out of green paper and attach. When finished, write a wish on the bottom of the finished project.
Design a Lucky Rainbow
In Irish folklore, leprechauns are on the hunt for a lucky pot gold at the end of the rainbow, and they like to play tricks on others. Rainbows are made when light is refracted, or changes direction, when it shines through water. You can make your own rainbow by using a spray bottle in front of a sunny window. Spray the water while facing the sun. Watch as the water passes through the sunlight for a rainbow.
To make a rainbow out of paper, use a large sheet of white paper lengthwise and draw a large rainbow with a pencil. Create lines for the arches of color making sure there are enough spaces for all six colors. Color in the rainbow with crayons, watercolors, oil pastels or tempera paint. When finished, place your shamrock at the end of one end of the rainbow.
Creat a Celebration Hat
Part of the celebration of St. Patrick's Day is a celebration with food, family and fun. Many times people celebrating St. Patrick's Day dress in green. They adorn themselves with buttons, hats, scarves and necklaces made of green materials.
Using a long strip of green construction paper that will fit around the head, create a St. Patrick's Day hat. Cut out heart shamrocks from green paper and glue them onto the paper strip. Find green materials such as feathers and beads and glue them onto the strip. Create a pattern using green watercolor paints or crayons. When finished, secure with tape and wear for St. Patrick's Day festivities. Make lots of hats for friends and family to wear for your St. Patrick's Day celebration.