Leprechaun Crafts for Kids

As with all crafts, leprechaun crafts should be age appropriate. If a child is expected to create at a level that is too advanced for his age, he may become frustrated and refuse to even try. The three crafts outlined below can all be managed by an elementary school child, but preschoolers will need help.

Setting the Stage
Before you begin making leprechaun crafts, make sure the children understand what a leprechaun is. Display a couple of pictures of leprechauns, recite the legends of the leprechauns and explain the importance of not only having a pot of gold, but also a place to hide it. By the time you're done, the children will be anxious to get started.

Growing a Leprechaun

Materials:

  • Grass seed
  • 1 Styrofoam cup
  • Planting soil
  • 2 wiggly eyes
  • Tan construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Glue and scissors

In this craft, the cup will be the head and bottom of the leprechaun's hat. Living grass will form the top of the hat.

  • Hat Rim: Tip the cup upside down on the green construction paper and trace a circle. Center a larger round object, such as a cereal bowl, over the circle and trace it to make a doughnut shape. Cut out the doughnut, make ¼-inch cuts every ½ inch on the inside of the doughnut, then carefully place it over the cup and gently push it down so that it's secure.
  • Ribbon on Hat: Cut a one-inch strip of black construction paper and wrap it around the top of the cup. Glue the paper in place. Cut a buckle out of the yellow paper and glue it in place, centered on the black strip of paper.
  • Face: Cut ears out of the tan construction paper and glue them on each side of the cup. Glue on somee wiggly eyes. Use the red construction paper for the mouth. Make eyebrows with the black marker.
  • Hair/Hat: Fill the cup with soil, leaving a one-inch space at the top. Add a tablespoonful of grass seed to the soil. Mix the seed and soil with your fingers. Water the seeds and set the cup in the windowsill. When the grass grows, tie it together gently at the top with green thread to form a peak.

Making a Pot of Gold

Materials:

  • 1 bag Wilton Candy Melts
  • 2 packages small gold-foil candy wrappers
  • Black paper cups

Use one piece of foil for each piece of candy. Wrap the candy and place it in the cup. When the cup is filled, each child has a pot of gold.

Making a Leprechaun House
Everybody needs a home, and a shoe box or similarly sized box would make a perfectly fine home for a leprechaun. Allow children to decorate their leprechaun house in any manner they choose. Encourage them to use items found in the forest or to recycle scraps of wallpaper, newsprint, cardboard and other odds and ends from around the house.

If your child chooses Mattel as her furniture designer, and Barbie doesn't mind sharing, try not to stifle her creativity. Since leprechauns make their living designing shoes for other fairy folk, any leprechaun would feel right at home if there were a few dozen odd pairs of Barbie shoes stacked up next to that beautiful pink bed.

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