I have searched around the web and gathered up some of my favorite “St. Patricks Day Crafts For Kids” to share with all of you.
If you missed my post on not quite feeling like and A+ mom – maybe you should head over there first. Whether you do one or none of these – you are still awesome! The real joy and contentment of motherhood comes from knowing that we alone are enough to our kids – no crafting required!
Still feeling crafty? Here are some of my St.Patricks Day Kids Crafts in no particular order;
Don’t feel like getting that messy? How about just a “Thumb Print”?
I simply love this little gem of a leprechaun from crafty morning …I think my kids are going to have a blast making this guy.
After teaching a mosaic arts class last semester – I have some big plans for these St. Patricks Day Mosaic Shamrocks from Happiness is Homemade… I’m thinking they will make the perfect bunting decor for our homeschool window.
If your feeling especially crafty this week here are some fun crafts to keep you and the kids busy during these remaining unpredictable days of winter. My personal favorite was the hand print rainbow. I have them all hanging on our front door and those precious little hands at the end of a long day just make me smile.
If the project involves paint it is pretty much guaranteed to be a home run in our house. I promise our lent crafts will not include so much mess. Just remember they are only little once and use washable paint.
This project has been a long standing favorite of my kids.
Supplies List; Green Paint A Pepper with the top cut off length wise and de-seeded. Large (I recommend heavier stock) paper A bowl
Simply squirt a desired amount of paint in the bowl. Give each child a pepper and paper and go to town. Even my 18mo old got in on all the action this year. He got a bit messy but it was all worth the smiles and giggles.
The fast approaching holidays often become somewhat of a stress since we have multiple children which suffer from various food sensitivities. It does require a certain level of planning in order to normalize life.
I often find myself in this massive web (so fitting since today is Halloween). A web of fibers spun out of fear. The tug and pull of each strand is a tug on my heart. I struggle with feelings of isolation, frustration, and anger. Why can’t things just be normal for my family?
Why can’t we just go to a family gathering and eat all of the traditional foods? Why must I pack my house to be in the company of others? Why can’t we just go to a restaurant as a family? I’m left with two choices; let the web engulf me or find resolve.
I begin to unravel; we spend an endless amount of time trying to be normal and trying to fit in. Normal is just that; where as uniqueness brings forth beauty. Instead of trying to fit our square family in the round world. I begin to think outside the box. I struggle with the feelings of loneliness; but, more so it is clearly selfishness. I am the one disappointed that once traditions are nothing but a past and I am the one spending endless hours in the kitchen in order to see that all of the traditional holiday experiences are safe for my children. I do this to eliminate the risk of cross contamination and potential use of wrong ingredients from well meaning hosts. My selfishness is directly driven from fear; a fear of a relapse but with good reason. Still unraveling… Although, my actions are fear driven and well intentioned. There are still options. I have the option to stay home and make new traditions with my family. I can still recreate the “traditional” meal in order to partake in an extended family/friend atmosphere. I live in a land that has more than enough. It is my job to see that what I am given becomes the beauty it was intended to be. I have been given a blank canvas to recreate, make a new, and spread good news. I am an artist. No, my friends I can not draw. I can however, cook, create, invent, inspire, and encourage others in similar situations to do the same.
If you find yourself in a similar slump of loneliness; think beyond the ordinary and create something new. That might mean creating new traditions, recreating meals, or being in the company of those in similar situations. Think outside the box and be the good new; life does not end with a diagnoses but rather creates an opportunity to be the gift to others, the gift of hope.