I scoured the internet and some books for the perfect St. Patrick's Day craft to make with the Captain the other day and I just couldn't find any that were easy and engaging enough for him to do by himself. And let me tell you, this kid and his brother LOVE to do things by themselves and I am totally okay with that! So, I decided to do something simple and it's what I like to call the Green Four Leaf Clover.
I printed off two copies of a four leaf clover coloring page I found online. I had inteded for Baby D to participate, too, but Daddy was home and he wanted to play with him instead, so this became Mommy & Son crafting time, which is perfectly okay!
I had the Captain cut out his four leaf clover. He loves cutting and it's great practice!
Before I had all of my thoughts together, he had cut out his four leaf clover:
Next, I instructed him to "go outside and find GREEN things that we can glue on your clover." Well, as luck would have it, we have these clover-ish weeds that grow abundantly in our yard so he filled his little bowl full of them:
But, then he tripped and they fell everywhere. So we had to start over. This was great because then he moved on to other green things in the yard and it became another lesson: sorting!!! I had him sort his green things when we got inside:
Then I told him that we were going to put glue all over the clover and glue the green things to the clover, to make it look completely green and beautiful.
I decided to make a clover alongside him and as I was tearing my green things and daintily adding them to my little dots of glue, he announced he was finished. Oh yes, I forgot about the patience of a four year old boy. OH well, it was fun and we learned some things along the way. And once again, crafting doesn't have to be perfect!
And even Baby D came from playing with Daddy and was excited about our craft! This is the first time I've ever seen him excitedly pick up something green off of a plate and proceed to eat it. Whoops. Glad it wasn't poisonous…