It’s Spring Break and Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!
I was looking forward to spending some time with the kids in the morning doing something creative and remembered we still had the origami sun catcher kit full of translucent origami paper that we could use to make Saint Patrick’s Day Shamrock Sun Catchers.
What I learned, again, is that craft-time with kids, like most things with children, doesn’t always go as planned.
Here’s our St. Patty’s Day Sun-Catcher window. :)
I had a vision of us decorating a window with a bunch of green four-leaf clover “shamrocks” like the one you see below.
By modifying a star-pattern, I figured we could just make a bunch together for a festive, green, Irish window.
Our son was much more interested in building a Bat-Plane!
So, I helped him make one.
And, he wanted help making a Batman Symbol Sun Catcher…
So, I obliged.
The symbol came out pretty cool, I think.
Not very festive, but it made our son happy, and that was the point of this crafty session, anyway, right?
The mind of a child is quite amazing, though.
Where I saw a sort of failed holiday crafting session and lots of unused origami sun catcher paper, our son saw an opportunity to build something for his blue Bat-Plane….
A GARAGE, of course! (Techically, it would be a HANGAR, but our son calls it a garage, and he’s in charge of his own imaginative play, so I’m going with it).
I would have never thought to do that with that square piece of paper.
Our daughter was more interested in doing her own rainbow star using a simple fold in the origami sun catcher book that came with the kit.
To do this, just fold the square in half so that it forms a triangle (not a rectangle). Then, fold the sides into the center so that it looks like a kite!
This is about the most simple fold for a child, probably best for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners, if they really want to do this on their own.
She glued the pieces together in the center after making 8 “kites”.
An adult might be inclined to intervene and make sure that the colors are balanced or that the lines are glued together perfectly, but I think it is important to let the kids do what they will (unless they ask for help in making things line up perfectly).
And here is the result of our kindergarten daughter’s individual effort.
She, like her brother, had no interest in making Shamrocks with mom.
They wanted to do what they wanted to do with the materials in front of them.
Our son’s innovative “Bat-Plane Garage” and our daughter’s rainbow star with an imperfect “octagon” in the center show their little minds and hands at work.
So, I made my own four-leaf clover….all by myself.
If you think that your kids want to ever make a sun catcher shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day, I’m going to go ahead an include the tutorial below:
We hope that everyone has a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day!
If you do decide to do a Saint Patrick’s Crafting session with your kiddos, good luck!
I hope that it comes out just as you’d hoped!
But, really, the more that I look at our Saint Patrick’s Day Sun Catcher Window, I am starting to think that it could not be more… PERFECT.
You can read a little about how Saint Patrick’s Day is different for us now that we have kids by checking out this post:
And for A LOT of Saint Patrick’s Crafting Ideas, check out Mom To 2 Posh Lil Diva’s Collaborative Pinterest Board for the holiday!
WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING FOR SAINT PATRICK’S DAY?
ALL GOING AS PLANNED?
US, NEITHER. IT’S ALL GOOD.