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 Rhyming Game

st.patrick's day rhyming treasure huntRhyming is an important piece of the literacy puzzle and kids love to rhyme so it’s an easy skill to work on while having fun. This rhyming game is simple but throw in a St.Patrick’s Day theme and a treasure hunt and it goes from simple to awesome. The best part of this activity wasn’t watching my daughter work on her rhyming it was watching my son help her. My children are not immune to sibling scuffles, and from time to time when I feel like those scuffles are escalating I give them a task to work on together.

Gather your materials. You will need some shamrocks and a marker. rhyming activity for st. patrick's day

Next write pairs of rhyming words on the shamrocks. I tried to stick with a St.Patrick’s day theme but I don’t think my kids even noticed. I would try to match this with your child’s ability. rhyming treasure hunt for st.patrick's day

Hide the shamrocks. Don’t mind the Easter decor, we are a little early with it this year. shamrock rhyming game

Gather your troops and explain that they will be searching for shamrocks and then working together to match them up in rhyming pairs. shamrock rhyming word treasure hunt

Search! shamrock rhyming word search game

Match up the rhymes.st.patrick's day treasure hunt I asked my son not to match them up until all were found so that his sister could be part of this step as well. With a three and a half year age gap, the ability gap is big right now and my daughter is very sensitive to her brother doing everything for her. By forcing him to slow down and take her feelings into account I am hoping to teach him to be more sensitive to others and to send her the message that she isn’t just running behind playing catch up. Adjust this step to your players.  rhyming game for st.patrick's dayIf kids are having a hard time matching rhymes one of my favorite strategies is to offer two different pairs one rhyming and one not to choose from. Often  hearing two options will help them distinguish between a rhyming pair and two words that do not rhyme.rhyming activity gross motor st. patrick's day Some children get stuck on words with similar beginning sounds thinking that it’s the initial sound they are trying to match. If this is the case with your child make sure you are taking the time to really over emphasize the sounds in the words and saying for example “g-old, s-old they rhyme!  G-et and g- old have the same first sound but do not rhyme. Rhyming is the same last sound. G-old and s-old rhyme.”  A less overt way to continue working on this is to read , lots and lots of books that rhyme.  Check them out here.

25 picture books that rhyme

St.Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

st. patricks day crafts

Rainbows, pots of gold, shamrocks, even a leprechaun beard!  We gathered together some of our very favorite easy St.Patrick’s Day crafts from years past to share with you today. We have a few new ideas for St.Patrick’s Day coming up but I don’t want you to miss out on all the fun from the previous 6 years.  I couldn’t resist adding in a few from two of my favorite blogs Hands On As We Grow and Teach Preschool.

 

Shamrock Crafts & Activitieseasy st.paddy's crafts

Puffy Paint Shamrock
Shamrock Treats
Shamrock Window Craft from Hands On As We Grow
Marshmallow Shamrocks
Potato Print Shamrock
Shrinky Dink Shamrock Pendant
Spin Art Shamrocks and Rainbows
Shamrock Math and Reading Game

Rainbow Crafts & Activities For St.Patrick’s Day

st. patrick's day crafts

 

Rainbow Necklace from Hands On As We Grow
Roll A Rainbow Game
Marshmallow Rainbow Craft
Rainbow Bug Hunt
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Play
Comb Painted Rainbows
Abstract Rainbows from Teach Preschool
Play Dough Rainbow Match

Leprechaun Gold Crafts & Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

gold hunt

Pot of Gold Treats
Lucky Gold Hunt
Leprechaun Gold Sensory Tub

Leprechaun Beard

beard craft

Make Your Own Leprechaun Beard

Learning Games For Kindergarten

Easy St. Patrick's Day Activities for kindergartenThese are simple learning games for kindergarten one focusing on breaking down syllables the other is math but they use the same materials from the dollar store. Learning After School at our house is all about doing quick and simple games that reinforce what my son is learning in Kindergarten. These lessons or games need to be fun, active and not too long. This isn’t homework ( he gets some very simple but useful homework) it’s in addition to it. What I love best about these activities is you really get to see how much your child has learned and while we play he will naturally open up and tall me about school.

  1. For both activities you will need a pen, some foam craft sticks ( wood would be fine too ) in rainbow of colors and green foam shamrocks. gamess for st. patrick's day for kindergarten
  2. Start with the syllable break down by writing one, two and three syllable words on the craft sticks. You will want one word per rainbow color stick per shamrock. I had five one syllable, five two syllable and 5 three syllable words each.  Our list was as follows 1: mop, mom, pan, run, son  2: color, garden, panda, super, open 3: umbrella, telephone, dinosaur, butterfly, elephant
  3. Write the numbers ( 1, 2, 3) on the different shamrocks. st. patrick's day math game for kindergarten
  4. Play! Set out the words and shamrocks.syllable break down game Ask your child to clap out or breakdown the words into syllables and place it on the shamrock with that number.syllables for st. patricks day He was way faster at this than I could have imaged.  Each shamrock has one craft stick in each color.syllable sorting reading activity for kindergarten My son didn’t need the prompt but had I been doing this at his age I would have welcomed the hint that the colors give without having to ask for help. If your child is struggling you can say ” Does the number 3 shamrock have a red stick yet?” * Also there is no shame in googling ” 2 syllable words” or ” How to break a word into syllables” as a parent it’s probably been years since you have clapped out a word . syllable sort reading activity
  5. Adding in a little lesson about rainbow colors I had him place the words in proper rainbow order after he’d sorted them. Syllable Counting
  6. This is when he said ” Ok now can we make it math?”
  7. So I flipped the sticks and wrote out simple equations. Again making sure to have one of each color matching the answer on the shamrocks. math activity for kindergarten
  8. He loved this . st. patrick's day mathHe decided he wanted to write the answer on each which slowed it down but I was so happy since writing is still not his favorite activity but is something he is doing in class right now. st.patrick's day math for kindergartenHe didn’t finish all the equations. That’s OK!  15 equations is a huge amount in one go .  This game can be played over and over again . math for kindergarten

For more Learning After School ideas check out these posts.

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