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Crafts for Every Holiday

St. Patrick's Day: March 17

This is the day to learn about Ireland, Irish music, and Irish culture. Here are several ways:

  • Go out to hear Irish music played live, or listen to it on a tape or CD.

  • Rent the video "Riverdance." Learn to do the Irish reel or jig (there are videos, honest!).

  • Find out about the legend of the shamrock and make one out of any medium you choose.

  • Make crafts with rainbows, fairies, and elves as themes.

  • Make flower fairies, which are flowers with human faces. Read the books of Cicely Mary Barker, such as A Treasury of Flower Fairies and A World of Flower Fairies.

  • Let your children dress as fairies. Make wings out of cardboard and decorate. Read Peter Pan.

  • Dress in green and make a leprechaun hat out of felt.

This is also a good time to celebrate the arrival of spring:

  • Take a walk and look for signs of spring in the garden, if weather permits.

  • Read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (or watch the movie).

  • Begin growing a living Easter basket by putting a small layer of pebbles in the bottom of a tightly woven basket, then filling it with a few inches of potting soil. Scatter some fast-sprouting rye grass seed on top, keep the soil moist, and put the basket in a sunny spot with a plastic tray or dish underneath. In about a week, you'll have some real grass growing in your Easter basket. Let it grow tall and decorate the basket for Easter.

  • Feed the birds. and thank them for their songs.



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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Crafts with Kids © 1998 by Georgene Lockwood. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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