Saturday, March 12, 2011

St Patrick's Day Craft for Kids: Leprechaun from Paper Bowls

Leprechaun from Paper Bowls: St Patrick's Day Craft for Kids #53
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    

Supplies Needed:
Time Needed:  
  • 30 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do: 
  1. Pour green paint into your craft bowl.
  2. Paint one paper bowl green on the curved side only with your foam paint brush.
    HINT: We've used both foam and paper bowls and paper works best because the paint tends to flake off the foam bowls.
  3. Let painted bowl dry completely.
  4. Place strips of double sided tape over the unpainted bowl.
    HINT: Make sure there is one strip going across the front top where the hat will meet it and another piece along the rear top where the hat will sit.
  5. Place the hat (green bowl) on the leprechaun's head (unpainted bowl) so that the face will be showing. It will be tilted back. Press gently on the hat to make sure it has attached to the double sided tape.
    HINT: If your hat is not staying on see where it's meeting the other bowl and make sure there is tape there.

  6. Cut out a beard shape from your orange foam or construction paper.

  7. Use white glue to attach to the bowl as shown in the picture below.

  8. Take 2 pieces of black tissue paper and gently twist 2 or 3 times.  Use double sided tape to attach the first twisted piece of black tissue paper to the hat. Do the same with the other piece but use it to complete the belt around the hat. You should now have a completed belt around the hat.
    HINT: If you can do it in one piece - great! We just found it easier to do it in 2 pieces.
  9. Cut out a rectangle from the yellow foam or construction paper for the hat's buckle and use double sided tape to attach to the hat's belt.
  10. Use white glue to attach pair of googly eyes to your leprechaun.

  11. Cut out 2 pink ovals for rosy cheeks, and a smile for your leprechaun.
  12. Glue cheeks and smile to leprechaun face with white glue.

  13. ENJOY! You're done!
  14. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
Why We Love Crafts for Kids: 
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs:  Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project. This may include cutting out the leprechaun features for him ahead of time.

If your child prefers glue to double sided tape (or vice versa) go ahead and do the project only using that product. Substitute anywhere possible for supplies that your child likes to use.

For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by doing his own scissor work.

A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Clever Tom and the Leprechaun" by Linda Shute. Clever Tom captures a leprechaun and then tries to make a fortune by digging up a pot of gold he plans to steal. BUT, the (clever) leprechaun outwits Clever Tom in this cute tale.    

Check out these FREE Leprechaun Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.     

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