Wednesday, March 9, 2011

St. Patrick's Rainbow Mobile (

St. Patrick's Rainbow Mobile

Make a rainbow mobile with a hanging pot of gold and shamrock to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

  • A white paper plate
  • Green and yellow paper (or white paper and black, green and yellow crayons, marker, or paint)
  • Printer
  • White glue or a glue stick
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • String (green is best, or you can color white string with a green marker)
Fold and then cut a white paper plate in half.
Draw a rainbow on the paper plate with markers, crayons, or paint.Remind the children that the order of the colors in a rainbow is: Red - Orange - Yellow - Green - Blue - Indigo (dark blue) - Violet. An easy mnemonic for remembering the order of the colors is the name Roy G. Biv (an English friend told me of the British mnemonic 'Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain,' an allusion to the Wars of the Roses). Also, the red part of the rainbow is always on the top of the arch in a single rainbow.Punch three holes in the plate: one hole at the top, and a hole on each end of the rainbow.

Go to the "Shamrock template" and print out on green paper (or print it on white paper and color it in). Or you can just draw your own, of course.Cut out the shamrock and color it (if necessary) and punch a hole at its top.
Go to the "Pot of Gold template" and print it out (or just draw your own).

Color in the Pot. Cut out a few "gold" coins from yellow paper.Glue the coins to the top of the pot. Punch a hole at the top.
Attach the pot of gold and the shamrock to the rainbow with a few inches of green yarn. Attach a few inches of the yarn to the top of the rainbow for hanging.
As a variation, attach only shamrocks.

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