Make Headbands with Irish Shamrocks!

My girls love wearing headbands. They have all sorts of them, including ones that look like bunny ears for Easter and reindeer antlers for Christmas. So of course we had to make headbands with Irish shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day!

Headbands: Irish shamrocks

What You Need to Make Headbands with Irish Shamrocks:

  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Green card stock
  • Green construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Stickers, markers, glitter glue (optional)

How to Make Headbands with Irish Shamrocks:

1. Cut strips of green card stock about 2-3 inches wide and as long as the piece of card stock.

2. Staple two strips of green card stock together.

3. Wrap these strips of card stock around your child’s head to measure how big the headband needs to be and then staple the strips together where needed to create a good fit.

4. Cut out two shamrocks for each headband from the green construction paper. You can trace this Irish shamrock to get the size of shamrock we used.

Headbands: Irish shamrocks

5. Take two pipe cleaners and coil each around a pencil, leaving a couple inches straight at the end.

Headbands: Irish shamrocks

6. Tape one Irish shamrock to the end of one pipe cleaner and then repeat with the other shamrock and pipe cleaner.

Headbands: Irish shamrocks

7. Tape the two pipe cleaners topped with Irish shamrocks to either side of the headband.

8. To make this Irish shamrock headband extra festive, kids can decorate it with stickers, markers or glitter glue.

For more crafts with shamrocks, check out painting Irish shamrocks with green peppers and how to make a wreath with Irish shamrocks .

When you’re done making crafts with shamrocks, read these stories about Irish leprechauns!

Easy Crafts for Kids: Paper Snowflakes

It’s bitter cold out today. So instead of my girls going outside to play in the snow, we brought the snow inside, so to speak. While we didn’t actually bring snow inside to play with (though we have before and put it in our freezer), today we made paper snowflakes. Not the same as catching them on your tongue, but still just as fun.

paper snowflakes

Since I wasn’t planning on doing a snowflake craft today, I was thrilled when I looked in my seasonal arts and crafts book and discovered a way to make paper snowflakes with coffee filters. I love crafts I can do with items I have around the house already!

What You Need to Make Paper Snowflakes:

  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter

How to Make Paper Snowflakes:

1. Fold the coffee filter in half, then in half again and in half a third time so it’s in the shape of a piece of pie.

paper snowflakes

2. Cut out different shapes around the folded edges of the coffee filter.

Since every snowflake is unique, this is where kids can get creative in how they make their snowflake!

paper snowflakes

3. Unfold the coffee filter to see how cool the snowflake looks.

4. Drizzle glue where you want glitter to stick to the snowflake.

5. Sprinkle glitter on the snowflake.

6. Let the glue dry so the glitter sticks to the snowflake.

Now you have unique, sparkly paper snowflakes to decorate your warm home on a cold winter’s day!

Printable Valentines

If you haven’t bought valentines yet, and you don’t have time to make valentines, don’t panic! There’s an easy way you can get valentines for your kids in time for their classroom parties . . . use printable valentines! There are a lot of different printable valentines to choose from so you’re bound to find some that your kids will like.
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Printable Valentines:

Hopping Frog (shown above)

Chillin’ Penguin (shown above)

“Be Mine” Heart

Turtle

“Happy Valentine’s Day” with Hearts

So instead of running out to the store to buy valentines at the last minute, go to your computer and choose some free printable valentines!

Sock Puppets

I like doing activities with my kids with items we have around the house already. It not only promotes creativity, but saves me a trip to the local craft store! That’s why I like sock puppets. Assuming you have a relatively clean sock, you’re half way there. If you don’t want to use your last pair of clean socks on a kid activity, grab one of those socks you can’t find the match to. Might as well put that single sock to good use so it doesn’t take up space in your sock drawer!

sock-puppet

What You Need to Make Sock Puppets:

  • Sock
  • Marker
  • Buttons
  • Yarn
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

How to Make a Sock Puppet:

1. Put the sock on your kid’s hand and push the toe of the sock into the palm of their hand to create the mouth.

2. Use the marker to dot where the buttons will be sewed on for eyes.

3. Sew the buttons on where the dots are.

4. Cut pieces of yarn for the puppet’s hair.

Will your puppet sport a long hairdo or a wash and go cut?

5. Gather the yarn together in the middle and sew it to the sock by repeatedly looping the thread around the yarn and pushing the needle through the sock.

Now your kid has a sock puppet and you get free puppet shows all afternoon!

Fantastic Flower Wreath

Guest Post from My Daughter:

Enjoy a fantastic decoration and a fun craft with this easy activity.

Wreaths are not just for Christmas anymore. This one can be used all year round. Believe it or not, I made this one.

MATERIALS THAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Cardboard
  • Fake flowers for long-term use
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Ribbon of any color
  • Wire

This is an amazing gift for people, too.

THIS IS WHAT YOU DO:

  1. First layout the cardboard and draw a circle on it. This will be the size of the exterior of your wreath.
  2. Then draw a smaller circle inside the bigger one. This will be the interior of the wreath.
  3. Then with an adults help, cut out both circles.
  4. With adult supervisionĀ  have your child cut the flowers they want with scissors.
  5. Carefully glue each flowerĀ  onto the wreath until it is full.
  6. Then attach the ribbon into a bow and glue anywhere on the wreath.
  7. Make a loop of wire and glue it to the top of your wreath. Then take a while to let it dry.

At last, sit back and enjoy yourself as mom hangs up your masterpiece!