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Our St. Patrick's Day activities yesterday continued with a couple shamrock inspired crafts. These themed holiday crowns are becoming a regular around here. You can't help but feel festive with a crown on!

To make a crown, just cut a strip of crown paper (I bought ours at our local Waldorf School, but I found it online here.), cut a shape out of wool felt with two slits in it, then slip it over the paper. I punched two holes in the back and tied a bow through them with ribbon to secure the ends together, but you could also use a stapler or tape.

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We also made some shamrock bracelets. These have become a regular craft, too. They are a modified version of our Fairy Head Wreaths. I just narrowed down the flower color palette to green! I bought the paper flowers at my local craft store and punched two holes in each flower. The kids thread the thin ribbon through and we tie the ends in a bow.

Oh, another quick note. For both of these crafts, I used my 1/8" hole punch. If you don't have one, get one! You will not believe how many reasons you'll find to use it. (I have actually had this conversation with other crafty mamas. It's a must.)

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After all the singing, crafting and celebrating, it seems our little leprechaun had a late night. I found him passed out on his rainbow this morning. ;)

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I'm feeling kind of low energy today. It's a cold, blustery day and it's as apparent as ever how affected I am by the weather. Oh please, Spring, you can't come soon enough. I am long overdue for some leisurely, wandering walks in the bright sun.

the little leprechaun

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At circle time all week, we've been singing St. Patrick's Day songs. I didn't know any off the top of my head and wasn't having much luck searching my books or googling, so I asked Sarah Baldwin of Bella Luna Toys if she had any suggestions. She was kind enough to share this little song on her Facebook page: (She also shared many more with me over email. Thanks so much, Sarah! These cute songs made our week.)

The little leprechaun went skipping 'cross the ground.
He found a four-leaf clover with petals all around.
He made a secret wish that his day be filled with joy.
Then he ran to share his luck with every girl and boy!
(To the tune of "Itsy Bitsy Spider")

Much of Fiona and Elsa's pretend play has centered around the holiday, too. They have been pretending to be little leprechauns. Stealing 'gold', playing tricks and generally being little trouble-makers. (Hm, sounds familiar.)

Today, I have a special day planned. We started the morning by dressing in green and singing songs. Then I told them I had a special surprise. Fiona asked, "Is it a little leprechaun toy?!" Um, yes! Apparently, I am quite predictable!

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I made a little costume for one of our dollhouse dolls. It turned out quite cute. I am aware that this little project could easily fall into the this girl has way too much time on her hands category, so to be clear, this took me less than one episode of The Americans to finish. ;)

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I have a few little crafts planned for the rest of the day and I'll share those tomorrow. Hope you all are having a lovely week!