Before You Begin:
Gather black, green and yellow construction paper, glue/ glue sticks and tape. Have children recycle a clean paper lunch bag from home (or the teacher may want to provide some). Prepare bowls of Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint and brushes. Set out Colorations® crayons, markers and other collage materials for the children to decorate their leprechauns, such as wiggly eyes, glitter, pom-poms and buttons. Create a few simple examples of what each of leprechaun's parts may look like to show children before they begin. Note: Although the teacher should create examples to start the creative process, please allow the child to create his own leprechaun. It is not necessary for a child’s project to look like the real thing. Allow the child to be creative.
To create a whimsical leprechaun puppet for St. Patrick's Day
To encourage creativity and build fine motor skills
To provide opportunities for dramatic play and storytelling
Puppets provide an ideal opportunity to expand children's creativity through imaginative play. You may want to have children act out puppet shows to demonstrate the stories they've created in their groups. Or, gather the class in a large group and have children take turns sharing their puppets