Crafts for Every Holiday
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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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