St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

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Having fun with a St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin.  I bought some green tinsel, gold coins, some glittery shamrocks, some “drinking game” green dice, with some cut up foam from our basement square foam mats, and of course, our homemade leprechaun.

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We have been reading a cute, nonsense book about St. Patty’s Day and a tricky (non-creepy) leprechaun, based on The Night Before Christmas, which I thought was cute; and it’s $2 at Amazon:stpatricksdaynightbeforeJohn loved the beaded necklaces.DSC01548-001As you can see — he put them all on, but then let me have one.DSC01551-001He is still struggling with throwing all the contents of our sensory bins after he gets bored.  He did little sorting — I had planned for him to sort the different colored green foam.  But he had fun.DSC01553-001

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How to make a felt leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

I have always thought, from when I was little, that leprechauns are a little creepy. But we have had a lot of fun with various St. Patrick’s Day free, awesome printables at our house, and I wanted to make a cute leprechaun for John for him to enjoy and remember the holiday more distinctly**.

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So I thought I’d try to mimic my felting/hot-glue-gun skills from my Snowy Day Peter. I found a super cute leprechaun, a non-creepy one, from SweetClipArt.  And I got to work.  This one has a few more details, so it took a little longer, but overall it is a 15 minute project if you know how to handle a hot glue gun, which is a talent I have.

Here is a copy of the Leprechaun Template that I started with.

I assembled my materials:

  • Template
  • Felt: green, black, cream, red
  • Cotton balls
  • Makers: red and black
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

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I began cutting the template apart.  First the hat, then the head, then the jacket, then the pants.  I made two felt pieces of each.

I also cut a black strip for the hat, a little red hair, a black bow tie, two little hands, and two little feet.

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Then I glued each section together with a small bit of cotton ball between the two pieces of felt.  I cut some green eyes for him too.   I messed up some parts, and ended up making a bigger jacket and pants, which I recommend.

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John was there with me when I made it, so it wasn’t a surprise this time, but he loves it!

**We have talked a little about the difference between Protestant and Catholic, and that we really don’t “celebrate” the holiday, (though some of our family is Catholic, so that is certainly fine, too :) ). But we actually should be wearing orange on the holiday — oh well, it is just fun to have an excuse to celebrate the color green, shamrocks, gold coins, drinking good beer (for Mom and Dad), and leprechauns.

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