St. Patrick Ideas






Kinder Monthly Blocks

The March block is a leprechaun!














               This photo is a sample of the September Block.  See below for information on how to make the Leprechaun Block for March.

  I have had so many requests for special directions and patterns for the "Monthly Blocks" that I am going to be making these available to those who are interested in purchasing this resource.  You will be provided with full colored pictures, patterns and detailed directions.  There is a different character for each of the months from September through May.   


An on line link will be provided to access the directions and patterns.  Please make sure you provide the correct email address for me to be able to send you this link.  There are no shipping charges since this is a digital link.  You will be able to start your projects as soon as you receive this link.


The blocks that the children make use a 2x4x6 inch piece of wood.  They last forever and will be a family treasure for many, many years to come.  Many parents tell me that they still have all of the blocks and use them each year!  You could also use these blocks for your Cub Scouts or Brownies.  The whole year of crafts!


 You will receive detailed directions to make the following:


September—Apple man ( see sample)

October   Pumpkin man

November  Turkey

December  Reindeer

January  Snowman

February  2 different blocks for Feb--Cupid and Abe Lincoln

March  Leprechaun

April   Bunny

May  Bee


This is a great time to get started.  I will provide the link for you as soon as I receive payment for you to be able to get started right away on your monthly blocks!!  The cost will be $14.99.  If you would like to pay with a credit card using Paypal, click below on the link.  If you would like to pay by check, you may contact me at:  lcritchell (please remove the space in email address.)



                                     Thanks!   J











Puffy Shamrocks

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These shamrocks were made with shaving cream, white glue and paint or food coloring.  Each child was given a pattern for a shamrock that they cut out.  We used a Styrofoam cup to mix the white glue and shaving cream.  I didn't measure the shaving cream or the glue.  I gave each child a squirt of the shaving cream and then poured in about a tablespoon of glue.  Then we added the green paint or food coloring.  Each child mixed this in the cup with a craft stick.  Then they spread it on their shamrock pattern.  While it was still wet, gold or green glitter was sprinkled on the shamrock.

These shamrocks have a puffy look when they are dry.  They do take quite a while to dry.  Even in southern California, they take a couple of days!  So, maybe it is a good Friday project? 








    TLC Leprechauns


We included our TLC Leprechauns in our March Rainbow Bulletin board.  The rainbow was made with handprints from each child.  The two green pots were purchased several years ago at a party supply store.  Each child's picture was taken and made into a gold coin for the "More Precious Than Gold" title.  I used gold wrapping paper to mount their pictures that were cropped into a circle.  It is a little difficult to tell from the photo, but the coins are in the pots and the leprechauns are also holding some of the "gold coins!"





Shamrock Leprechaun

Each child was given a shamrock pattern to decorate.  Children were given scraps of paper, yarn and any other things available.  They loved making their own little leprechauns!  It's always fun to see what creative ideas they have when given opportunities to express themselves!






Crayon Resist Mushrooms

During the month of March and reading about leprechauns, we discuss where they live.  Many stories show them living in the forest and under toadstools!  We made magical mushrooms.  Each child is able to draw a mushroom and then we encouraged them to decorate them.  We thinned green tempera paint for the wash.  These make a really cute bulletin board with leprechauns all around them. 









        Shamrock Quilt Bulletin Board

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The idea for this bulletin board was found in Easy Literature-Based Quilts Around the Year.  I highly recommend this book!  There are patterns and directions for two quilts for each month of the year.   Each of the quilts are based on a popular book that most of us use.  There are also ideas to tie creative writing in with each quilt.

This quilt was based on the book Clever Tom and the Leprechaun by Linda Shute.  Everyone loves this story and we had a great time making the pinwheel quilt square.  The shamrock has a gold coin (chocolate) glued in the center!  Each block is a 6 inch square.





Leprechaun Literature Suggestions

Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson

Clever Tom and the Leprechaun by Linda Shute  **** Great story!

Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka   by Tomie dePaoloa

Let's Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by Pamela Johnson

Mary McLean and the St. Patrick's Day Parade
by Steven Kroll

Leprechaun Gold by Roseanne Litzinger

Daniel O'Rourke An Irish Tale
by Gerald McDermott

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folks 
by Gerald McDermott