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Shamrock Kids Craft

Friendship is something that should be cherished and making something special for a friend is a great way to show friends how much they mean to you. Shrinky dinks can be found at any large craft store or here Shrinky Dinks Craft Kit. They are fast and fun to watch shrink , these can be made into zipper pulls, key chains or necklaces.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some shrinky dink paper, black and green colored pencils, a hole punch, a brown grocery bag ( or parchment paper), a cookie sheet , scissors and some ribbon or chain.Shamrock Kids Craft
  2. Start by drawing some shamrocks- I can’t hide the fact it took me a while to get it right . Shamrock Kids Craft
  3. Next color it green. Shamrock Kids Craft
  4. Cut out
  5. Punch a hole in it.Shamrock Kids Crafts
  6. Place it on the paper bag on the cookie sheet and place in the oven ( follow the instructions given for the temp).
  7. Watch the WHOLE time. It only takes a minutes or two.
  8. Let cool.Shamrock Kids Craft
  9. Thread the ribbon through and give someone you care about some luck of the Irish! Shamrock Kids Craft

St. Patrick’s Day Craft

 

st. patrick's day craft for kids
What is more Irish than potatoes and appropriate for those under 21 ? Nothing ! This is a perfect St.Patrick’s activity for young toddlers and those just starting out with art. I am using a stamp pad because we already painted a bunch this week but paint will work well too, just spread it thin on a plate . After this simple project my son begged for “gooey goop” so he added his own final step onto the easy peasy shamrock !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a few new potatoes they fit perfectly in your child’s hand! Paper, a marker, scissors and a stamp pad.
  2. Draw a shamrock on the paper with the marker.
  3. Cut the potatoes in half, this can also be a fun way to learn about ovals, the cut potatoes make perfect little ovals!
  4. Start stamping !
  5. My son got very into it- and was slamming the potato into the paper, with the stamp pad this is okay but with paint this would result in a major mess.
  6. Cut out when dry.
  7. If you want you can grab whatever you have to embellish it, my son asked specifically for the glitter, so I wasn’t about to say no.
  8. This is the upgraded one after my son added his personal touch of green and gold “gooey goop” ( glitter glue).

Book!
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Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola is not my favorite book. I am sorta torn on how I feel about it, I liked the signature de Poala illustrations were but the story itself which is an old folktale just wasn’t really one I was eager to read my son. It’s about Jamie who is lazy, and he makes his wife do everything and only when she is hurt and in bed does he go off to get something done. Then when he meets a leprechaun he doesn’t get the pot of gold instead he gets a potato… It just fell flat for me. The author has many books I love and maybe my expectations were too high but this one was just so so.

Color Mixing Shamrock Garland

 st. patricks day craft

How could I let a holiday go by without a garland? I love decorating with garlands .What makes this one so fun is that it’s made with coffee filters. The surface absorbs the paint well and when it’s dry it really looks like a leaf. Add a little glitter and you have a simple shamrock garland and an inexpensive St.Patrick’s Day decoration. That’s not all though, adding in a little step of making the green paint by mixing yellow and blue and you also have a lesson!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need multiple coffee filters,some yellow and blue paint, a paintbrush, some gold glitter, sharp scissors, and some green ribbon .
  2. Start by cutting your coffee filters into shamrocks. With really little toddlers I would draw a shamrock and let them paint it then cut out, painting on the small shamrocks is a challenge , they have to be careful and for a young toddler it would prove to be really frustrating which isn’t what we want.
  3. Mix your green paint. When activities are shorter like this one I like to have my son mix the paint, he loves it too!
  4. Paint your shamrocks
  5. Let dry
  6. Add the gold glitter and let dry.
  7. Poke 2 small holes in each shamrock, I alternated between the top and the stem.
  8. Thread the ribbon through
  9. Hang up and enjoy!

Shamrock Book

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S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet (Discover the World) by Eve Bunting is a book full of possibilities. The text is long, but you can easily shorten it for young children to only be each alphabetical item such as L for leprechaun , V for vikings and Z for zed . Older children will enjoy the detailed information on each page and even the youngest babies will love the illustrations.