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Make a Blarney Stone

Celebrate the luck of the Irish while making this kissable craft!

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What you need:

  • a smooth, clean rock (from your backyard or local craft store)
  • green, orange, and white paint
  • paintbrush
  • different color markers
  • glue, fabric scraps, yarn, felt, googly-eyes (optional) 


What to do:

  1. Tell your child the tale of the Blarney Stone — the most famous rock in all of Ireland. Located in Blarney Castle, legend has it that whoever should kiss the stone will have a lifelong “gift of gab.”
  2. Have your child paint her rock green (or green, orange, and white — the colors of the Irish flag).
  3. Once the rock is dry, let your child decorate his Blarney Stone with markers, or make a face on it.
  4. Have you and your child each give the Blarney Stone a kiss and gab away about leprechauns, shamrocks, pots of gold, and all the fun that St. Patrick’s Day has to offer!


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