| 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.
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.