Leprechauns are characters in Irish folklore, and are often associated with St. Patrick's Day. This March, your child can create his own interpretation of this famous fairytale figure by making a colorful leprechaun puppet. Afterward, you and your child can make up an imaginative story for his leprechaun to act out and even put on a St. Patrick's Day puppet show. Construction paper, glue, and a paper bag are all you need to get started.
Construction paper in green, orange, and other colors
Orange yarn (optional)
What You Do:
Ask your child to turn the paper bag so that the flap side is facing him and the bag opening in on the bottom. The flap will be the leprechaun's face.
Have your child to draw eyes, nose, and a mouth on the flap. The flap will be the leprechaun's mouth, so have your child draw his upper lip on the top of the flap and his lower lap below the flap.
Now it's time to add the leprechaun's beard and hair. Have your child cut strips of orange construction paper and glue them into place on the paper bag. You can also use yarn for the leprechaun's hair for a different effect.
How does your leprechaun dress? Ask your child to cut out shapes like rectangles and squares from the green construction paper for the leprechaun's clothes. Ask your child what each shape is called as he cuts.
Have your child glue the green shapes onto the paper bag, arranging the pieces as he likes. Don't forget his arms, hands, and a hat!
Set the puppet aside to dry.
Once your leprechaun puppet is dry, it's time for some puppet play! Help your child make up a tale for his puppet or retell a favorite story.
Erica Loop has a MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.