Leprechaun Legends

Why

Leprechauns, shamrocks, and wee folk are popular elements of Ireland's delightful legends. Celebrate Irish literature with a stand-up Leprechaun!


Steps

1. Research Irish legends and symbols. Look for leprechauns, wee folk, shamrocks, shillelaghs, and other traditional symbols of Ireland in books, poetry, and music. Read folk tales about leprechauns. Note the ways different artists show these fascinating characters.


2. What do you think leprechauns look like? On a large piece of construction paper, use your imagination to draw a detailed leprechaun using Crayola® Colored Pencils. Color his clothing and features with Crayola Crayons. Add Crayola Glitter Glue to make your leprechaun's eyes and other elements sparkle. Dry.


3. Cut out your leprechaun with Crayola Scissors. Trace around his outline on cardboard. Cut it out. Attach the cardboard to the back of your drawing with Crayola No-Run School Glue for support.


4. On more cardboard, draw a second pair of feet for your leprechaun. Color both sides. Cut a slit between the leprechaun's feet and slide the second pair of feet into the slit so he can stand upright.


5. On construction paper create a large shamrock. Cut it out and glue it to the front of your leprechaun.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Students with special needs may prefer to use pictures for reference when drawing. Provide assistive devises or offer help to cut cardboard.
  • Research other Irish symbols such as the claddagh. What do they mean? Create replicas of these images in suitable media.
  • Research Ireland to find information on its people, geography, culture, industry, and daily life.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • cardboard

Overview

grades

  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students research the folk tales, symbols, and characters found in Ireland's traditional stories, poetry, and music.

  • Students identify imaginary Irish creatures and symbols such as leprechauns, wee folks, shamrocks, and shillelaghs in Irish folk tales and literature.

  • Students create a large, stand-up leprechaun to illustrate their knowledge about this legendary Irish character.

Cirriculum

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