Rolling Pin Shamrock Prints

shamrock art projectI love creating things with shapes and this print making activity uses shapes to create something new! Heart stickers work together to create different sized shamrocks. You could do this on lids and make stamps like these but we opted for a rolling pin! Using a rolling pin was a novel idea for my three year old who was not even born yet the last time we used a rolling pin for print making.  I loved the way that the shamrock prints turned out and how it looks like a field of shamrocks. It’s a fun St.Patrick’s day art project but you could make all sorts of shapes and designs any time of year.

Gather your materials. You will need a rolling pin, paper,painter’s tape, aluminum foil, foam heart stickers, green paint, glitter glue, a big tray or cutting board , and green marker. shamrock prints painting

Start by covering your table with paper and securing it with the painter’s tape. Cover the rolling pin with aluminum foil. rolling pin shamrocks

I showed my daughter a shamrock we had and then added the three heart stickers on the rolling pin for her to compare. shamrock print craft for kids

Then she added another layer of heart stickers. We repeated this four more times. I wanted her to understand that the shamrock was a combination of the three hearts. While she did that I spread the paint out on the cutting board. As per my little glitter loving child’s request I added glitter glue to the paint as well. rolling pin shamrock art project for kids

Roll the paint on .rolling pin printing for st.patrick's day

Roll it on the paper. The first time we did this we had a big section of our rolling pin that had no stickers on it and it made big sections of paint. So we wiped the foil down and added some more. Then it worked way better! shamrock craft for st.patricks day

The prints dry to the touch pretty quickly ( as long as you don’t have too much paint) so after you are done printing grab a marker and add the stems! shamrock printing activity

After that you can use this to wrap up a little St.Patrick’s day surprise or just pop it on the wall like we did! shamrock prints with foam stickers

St. Patrick’s Day Spin Art Craft

St.Patrick's Day Spin art for kidsMy 6 year old was home from school this week and I tried to cram in as much fun as we could including a little early St.Patrick’s Day craft. Between a visit from the grandparents, watching The Princess Bride twice , 2 ferry rides and a trip to the aquarium we did a ton of activities. This was his favorite . Salad spinner art is a ton of fun and it’s not a bad work out either. You can find a cheap salad spinner like this one at Ikea for under $4!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper plates or other sturdy paper , paint ( water it down just a little)  and a salad spinner. st. patrick's day spin art
  2. Start by drawing your shamrock or rainbow on the plate. Draw them on both sides so you have a good guide for cutting later after it’s dry.st.patrick's day spin art
  3. Cut the extra off the plate . Fitting in cutting curves is something I am trying to do more for my son who is still working hard at that skill. St.Patrick's Day Spin Art 6
  4. Pour! We poured a little too much but if there is too much just scoop some off. St.Patrick's Day Spin Art 00
  5. Spin! St. Patrick's Day Spin Art 8
  6. Next up rainbow colors.st.patrick's day spin art 3  It gets a little messy but all fun things do !st.patrick's day spin art 689
  7. Next we thought we’d do some color mixing. So we got out our thinner Melissa & Doug Poster Paints and poured them in. st.patrick's day spin art 2
  8. Carefully watched as it spattered while it spun.
  9. It turned sorta grey so we added some other green paint and spun it again.St.Patrick's Day Spin Art 55 I love this picture because it shows out painting experiment which is what my son was calling it. I just liked seeing him so engaged even though he has done more than his fair share of art projects over the last 5 years. I am thankful he is still curious. St.Patrick's Day Spin Art 66
  10. Let everything dry and cut out. st.patrick's day spin art 33

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Play & Craft

St. Patrick's Day Craft

Crafts for toddlers often has more than one goal. My main goal is special time together but often I have a secondary goal like fine motor development, learning colors, or sensory play. My daughter is 20 months old and I have no laundry list of things I want her to know at this age , my goal is to expose her to lots of fun activities and see what she takes a liking to. She loves water play so I thought she might like to try puffy paint again, I was right. This is a great activity for preschoolers too, don’t think simple crafts like this are only for toddlers.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some plain old shaving cream, green paint ( darker the better), something to stir with , plain white glue, a marker , scissors and heavy paper. 
  2. Start by drawing a shamrock on heavy paper don’t worry about it being even close to perfect you will be slopping and squishing puffy paint all over it! 
  3. Time to mix. My son who was playing Lego in the playroom but didn’t want to make a craft did pop up to help mix.  I do this so often I don’t measure anymore. I usually use about a cup of shaving cream to about 1/4 cup of glue. Then add the paint until it’s the color you want. Ours was greener than it looks but definitely a mint green. 
  4. Start playing. 
  5. She wasn’t sure at first.
  6. But soon both her hands were squishing, spreading and exploring. shamrock craft
  7. Yay fun !! We played and played.
  8. She was not happy when I told her it was time to wash hands.
  9. But washing the container in the sink was a great treat… for both of us. toddler craft
  10. Let dry (at least 24 hours so the paint stays puffy even after you cut into it) and cut out. toddler st. Patrick's Day Craft

 

Marshmallow Shamrock Craft

easy st. patrick's day crafts Are you sick of these marshmallow crafts? I hope not because  I love them! The novelty of using marshmallows as a craft material can intrigue even the least interested little crafter. We did this last week when we had an unexpected but very fun playdate .  It was fun to see how exciting the marshmallows were for my son’s friend who’d never made crafts with them before. It’s a fun way of adding some counting and fine motor skills into a simple St.Patrick’s Day craft.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some sturdy paper ( my fave are brown grocery bags), some multi-colored mini marshmallows, a marker, green crayons or markers, scissors and white glue.
  2. Start by cutting open your bag and drawing a shamrock.
  3. Color it. We used all different shades of green because I have been teaching my son about how a color can have many shades and doesn’t always look exactly the same. Also it’s pretty.
  4. The boys had a race to see who could color the fastest – they both won, my table did not.
  5. Add the glue along the outline.
  6. Add the marshmallows.
  7. How we avoid too many marshmallows going into little mouths is to give numbers they have to reach and count on the shamrock before they can eat one.
  8. Let dry.
  9. Cut around the shamrock.

Paper Roll Shamrock Craft

by Kim

St. Patrick’s Day is coming and the kids and I made these cute four leaf clover bouquets. The idea for this craft struck me when I was making a Valentine’s Day heart wreath. All you will need are toilet paper rolls, green paint, green chenille stems, scissors, and a hole punch.

Have your little one paint the toilet paper roll with the green paint. Be sure to get it covered inside and out.

Once dried (we let ours dry overnight) bend the roll in the shape of a heart.

Use your scissors (big kids can cut this, but little ones will have a very hard time) to cut slices a little less than an inch wide.

Use your hole punch to make a hole very close the the bottom tip of the heart.

You can have your little one thread a chenille stem through the holes on four hearts. Then turn the end and twist it to the stem tightly. Be sure to fold the exposed tip over to avoid the metal poking your child.

This is the final result. I wanted to get pictures of my daughter threading the hearts and holding the clovers, but we were having a toddler meltdown moment about getting our picture taken.

These make great four leaf clover wands, you know to turn things green or make rainbows appear. You can use them for decoration. You can always use your four leaf clovers for something more fun. Like maybe something to diffuse a toddler meltdown…a silly mommy.

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Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.