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HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

SHAMROCK PLACE MAT
Invite your child to make a place mat (or several mats) to use for St. Patrick's Day. For each mat, let him fill a piece of white paper with shamrocks by tracing around a shamrock cookie cutter, using a green crayon or marker. Also give him a few shamrock stickers to attach, if you wish. To preserve the mat, cover it with clear Contact paper or have it laminated at a copy shop.
 

WEARING O' THE GREEN
Explain to your child that it is customary to wear something green on St. Patrick's Day. Let her choose a green article of clothing to put on for the holiday. Or tie a green ribbon or piece of yarn around her wrist. When you go out, encourage her to look for green items others are wearing in honor of St. Patrick.

 
ST. PATRICK'S DAY STICKER GAME

Find an interesting magazine picture that takes up most of a page and cut it out. Set out several St. Patrick's Day stickers. Then give your child directions for placing the stickers on the picture such as, "Put the leprechaun sticker under the tree," or "Put the shamrock sticker next to the house." When all the stickers have been used, ask your child to tell you where he placed each one.
 

LEPRECHAUN LEGEND
Explain to your child that there are many stories about the magical little characters called leprechauns. It is said that they are hard to spy and very hard to catch. But if you should catch a leprechaun, they say, he will have to show you where his pot of gold is buried. Ask your child to tell you some ways she might try to catch a leprechaun if she spotted one.
 
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