February 3, 2013

Torn Paper Shamrocks for St. Patty's Day

Torn Paper Shamrocks for St. Patty's Day


Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like shamrocks. These little greenies were made using green tissue paper and wrapping paper torn into bits and sealed in clear contact paper.  


Procedure: 

  • Calvin tore the paper into large pieces, and I finished with the smaller pieces.  He tore the paper as toddlers/preschoolers do: by holding it in his fists and pulling. When he gets to be four or five years old, he'll be ready to tear using his thumb and forefinger. To help him, I'll put my hands over his and let him get the 'feel' of tearing.

          In the meantime... 

        ... he gets the job done!



  • Once the paper was torn, Calvin placed the pieces on the sticky side of the clear contact paper.  He worked for a little while and then ran off to play.  He worked/played/worked for 20 minutes until he was done.



  • I sealed the torn paper by placing another piece of clear contact paper on top.  Then I traced around a shamrock cookie cutter several times and cut out five green shamrocks.     



  • These little cuties are going to decorate Nana and Poppa's apartment for St. Patrick's Day. 
 Top of the Morning to ya!





Extending the Activity:

  • This 'sure-grip' cookie cutter is just right for little hands. I used it as a template for this activity.  Later we'll use it with play dough or to make cookies.

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  • Bright Baby Touch and Feel St. Patrick's Day is a book filled with touch-and-feel pictures about St. Patrick's Day.

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