Leprechaun Trap

What you need:Leprechaun Trap
• glass
• toothpick
• double sided tape
• scissors
• green and yellow construction paper
• pencil
• lego pieces
• coins

What you do:
• Cut strips of green and yellow paper.
• Tape the strips around the glass, layering them as you go up the glass.
• Cut a circle of paper slightly smaller than the opening of the top of the glass.
• Tape the paper circle to the toothpick to create a secret swinging trap door.
• Build a ladder for the leprechaun out of lego pieces
• To tempt the leprechaun into your trap balance a few coins on the center of the trap door.
• On the morning of St. Patrick’s Day, most children will find that the tricky leprechaun has managed to escape in a glittery trail of green dust — but not before leaving them a few gold coins in the bottom of the trap.

St. Patrick’s Crafts

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Spring Flowers

What you need:
• Styrofoam ball
• Q-tips
• Food coloring
•Bamboo skewer
• Scissors
• Glue
What you do:
• Cut the Q-tips in half
• Poke them into the Styrofoam ball.
• Once you are finished, mix up some water and food coloring.
• Roll the ball around in the food coloring until all the q-tips are evenly colored.
• Poke the bamboo skewer into the ball. You may want to secure it with a bit of hot glue.
• Display it.

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Lucky Banner

What you need:
• Chip board
• Green tissue paper
• Card stock
• Scissors
• Glue
• Razor
• Saucers
What you do:
• Trace the saucer on the chipboard. Cut.
• Trace the saucer on the tissue paper. Cut.
• Trace a small saucer on the card stock. Cut.
• Scrunch your tissue paper into a ball.
• Smooth it out into a flat circle.
• Apply some glue onto the chip board circle.
• Place your tissue paper on top and twist the middle into a spiral.
• Glue the top circle into place.
• Write on it.
• Cut slits in chip board with a razor.
• Put the ribbon through each slit.
• Display your banner.

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Macaroni Shamrock

What you need:
• Scissors
• Cardboard
• White glue
• Small container
• Green food coloring
• Paintbrush
• Dry spaghetti
• Ribbon or yarn

What you do:
• Cut a shamrock shape from the cardboard. Make it any size you like, but be sure to consider the size of the magnet you’ll be using.
• Pour a small amount of glue into the container.
• Add a few drops of green food coloring and mix well.
• Have your child paint the green glue all over the shamrock shape.
• Break the spaghetti into pieces about as wide as the shamrock. (The pieces can extend past the edges.)
• Cover the entire shamrock with rows of spaghetti.
• Brush green glue on the spaghetti and let it dry.
• Carefully trim the spaghetti.
• Glue a piece of ribbon or yarn onto the back of the shamrock.

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Shamrock Pin

What you need:
• Green pipe cleaner
• Pony Beads
• Scissors
• Safety pin
What you do:
• Take one stem and twist ends together making a hoop.
• Push hoop down into 3 areas and twist each to form one shamrock.
• Form the 3 hoops into hearts.
• Place pony beads on safety pin and attach as shown.

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Lucky Rainbow

What you need:
• Two Styrofoam balls
• 6 Pipe cleaners
• Cotton balls
• Paint
• Glue
• Scissors

What you do:
• Cut a Styrofoam ball in half. Place the two halves flat side down on your work surface.
• Line up the pipe cleaners in the Rainbow order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
• Keeping the pipe cleaner in the above order and close together but not overlapping, stick one end of the five pipe cleaner into the center of the rounded side of one of the Styrofoam halves.
• Bend the pipe cleaner forming an arch. Be sure to keep the red pipe cleaner at the top of the arch.
• Trim the loose ends of the pipe cleaner once they are bent so they are somewhat even.
• Stick this end of the pipe cleaner into the other half Styrofoam ball
• Cut a small piece off of the top of the second Styrofoam ball. Gently press the bottom of the ball against your work surface to flatten it slightly.
• On the top, use your thumb to press in the center of the ball making a small indent.
• Paint the Styrofoam ball black. This is the pot for the gold. Let dry completely.
• Glue the side of the pot to the side of one of the other Styrofoam balls as pictured.
• Using white glue, glue cotton balls to the two Styrofoam ball halves to form clouds.
• Paint the inside of the pot yellow.
• Your Rainbow is ready to be displayed.

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Little Tree

What you need:
• Chipboard
Mod Podge
• Fabric
• Scissors
• Brush

What you do:
• Cut out a little cardboard leaf template and trace it onto your fabric.
• Cut out lots and lots of leaves.
• Trace your  hand onto the fabric. Cut it out.
• Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to a small section of your chipboard.
• Coat the back of the leaves with Mod Podge before smoothing them onto the chipboard.
• Apply leaves to your chipboard and paint over them with more Mod Podge.
• Coat the back of your trunk with Mod Podge.
• Apply the trunk to your chipboard and paint over it with Mod Podge.
• Let it dry.
• Display.

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Picture Frame

What you need:
• Cardboard
• Scissors
• Glue
• Paper
• Wire for hanging

What you do:
• Decide on the size you want the frame to be based on your image.
• Cut out the center as well to make it the exact size you want.
• Lay the frame down on your paper.
• Draw a line one inch outside the frame and one inch inside the frame.
• Draw the lines of the frame on the paper too.
• Cut it all out.
• Draw a line thru the outside corner (to make a right triangle) in each corner and cut those corners off.
• Draw a line thru the inside corners to where the frame begins make two 45 degree angles. Cut along those lines.
• Fold all the inside pieces inside.
• Put the frame on the paper, the inside flaps inside. Fold the outside flaps up around the cardboard.
• Glue the paper down with the glue to the cardboard.
• Tape your print to the back of the frame.
• Hang your picture.

St. Patrick’s Day

The Legend of St. Patrick.

Patrick was born in Britain in the year 387. His real name is Maewyn Succat. The name St. Patrick was given to him later in life by Pope Celestine. His parents, Calphurnius and Conchessa belonged to a high ranking Roman family. St. Patrick recorded most of the history of his life and his spiritual writings in the “Confessio” (Confession). St. Patrick also wrote letters to Coroticus. In this letter, he criticized a raid on Ireland conducted by Coroticus, a British chieftain. Several of Patrick’s converts were killed during the raid. The letter also shows St.Patrick’s resentment of the scornful attitude of British clergymen and nobility toward the Irish.
When he was 16, he was captured by pagan Irish raiders and sold into slavery to a chieftain named Meliuc in Antrim , Ireland. He spent his teen years and time alone as a shepard to tend to his master’s sheep. During this time, his spirituality awakened and his belief in God became strong. He would pray many times in a day. After 6 years being in slavery, he had a dream that he would find a ship to take him to freedom. He escaped to follow his dream. He had to travel about 200 miles before he found a ship ready to set sail.

He managed to return to his family and home. Although Patrick was born a British, he considered himself an Irish because it was in Ireland that he discovered God. He had another vision. This vision would take him back to Ireland to preach the Gospel later. After his escape, he visited the St. Martin’s monastry at Tours. He also visited the island sanctuary of Lerins. He placed himself under the guidance of a bishop named, St. Germain (Germanus). Patrick was promoted to priesthood later. He stayed in Britain for eighteen years. During those years, he was still haunted by memories of Ireland and would often speak of his experiences in Ireland with St. Germain. The Bishop, St. Germain recommended Patrick to the pope. Patrick requested to be sent to Ireland but was denied. Palladius was chosen instead. When Palladius died, Patrick was chosen to be sent to Ireland. He was called to Rome and made a Bishop by Pope Celestine in 432 before he went on his mission to Ireland. It was during that occasion that the name “Patercius” or “Patritius” was given to him. The name comes from two Latin words, “pater civium” meaning “the father of his people”.
He suffered many trials as a missionary in Ireland. St. Patrick was imprisoned by the Druids but managed to escape. There are also many legends which talks about the miracles and magical fights between him and the Druids. One of which is when he was confronted by a chieftain named Dichu. Dichu drew his sword to kill Patrick but could not do so because his arm became rigid until he declared himself obedient to St. Patrick. Dichu was overwhelmed by the miracle that he made a gift of a large sabhall (barn). This was the first sanctuary dedicated by St. Patrick.
Another legend St. Patrick is most known for is driving the snakes from Ireland. Some tales tell that he stood on a hill and used a wooden staff to drive the snakes into the sea and banished them forever from Ireland. Another legend says that the snake resisted. St. Patrick then tricked it into entering a small box and cast it into the sea. It is true that Ireland has no snakes.
However, he managed to win favor with the local kings later. He spent the next 28 years traveling across the countryside to spread the word of God. He could do this easily as he was fluent with the Celtic language. He succeeded in converting almost the entire population of the island.
Legend has it that St. Patrick would use the shamrock to explain the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word “shamrock” comes from the Gaelic word “seamrog” (In irish, it means “summer plant”) meaning “trefoil” (three leafed) or “little clover”. In Arabia, it is called shamrakh. It was a sacred emblem in Iran and to the Persian triads. It is also a sacred plant among the Druids. Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland. Many Irish people wear a shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day. It is not the Irish national emblem. The harp has that honor. This explains the color green and shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day. Today, if you do not wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, you will get pinched !!
St. Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on the 17 March, 461 A.D at the age of 76. He is believed to be buried in Downpatrick, County Down. This is why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the seventeenth of March. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston in 1737. The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade is in New York City.

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