We have kicked off our Ireland study and St Patrick’s Day celebration this weekend when Anna was rested in a crafty mood. I preselected a few crafts that I thought might interest her and printed them out together, so she can see them first. They mostly came from DTLK and Kaboose sites, but I am sure Christy from Superheroes and Princesses will recognize her suncatcher as well. I found that if I want to do any structured art with Anna, it always helps her to see the completed craft to decide whether she wants to attempt it or not. Her first choice was the rings, and I will highlight them, since I didn’t see them in blogosphere yet. They are really simple to do (see instructions here), and they have a great play value that lasts beyond the crafting time. I will shamelessly keep the rest of the crafts we did, so I can post about them later in the week :) It also amused me how she could play the entire “catch the leprechaun” game completely without props. She pretended to find a leprechaun in the corner of her room, then stood on a chair to retrieve an imaginary pot of gold from the top of the rainbow and placed imaginary coins on her bed while talking excitedly all the time. It’s so fascinating to see her imagination unfold like that and to be part of her own magical world of childhood.