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.

Shamrock Shakers – Discovery Bottles

shamrock shakersI love including my son in making something fun and useful for his sister. This discovery bottle is a fun way of using a holiday theme and gives your infant something fun to play with too. Remember with infants all activities and projects are intended to be used only when directly supervised.  Also only you know what is safe for your child, if they aren’t ready for an activity bookmark it and try it when they are.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some plastic bottles with lids a hot glue gun, a shamrock bead necklace, scissors and some rainbow ribbon. I also use tape on the bottles that run the risk of making huge messes if they open.  For the gel and sparkle bottle you will also need a funnel,  some gold sparkles and green shower gel or shampoo( got mine for a buck at the dollar store). For the rainbow shaker bottle some pom poms in rainbow colors.
  2. Start by drinking the water. 
  3. Next take off the label.
  4. Next cut the shamrock necklace into the bottle. This is awesome for fine motor development and takes a lot of patience. I was amazed my son was not only able to do this without help but how into it he was. They grow up so fast!
  5. Next add the sparkles.
  6. Next add the gel. 
  7. I used hot glue to glue the top on. Then more on the outside to seal it, and wrapped it in tape. Be careful some bottles are so thin that they will melt with hot glue on contact. If you are worried consider using crazy glue. Whether you are using hot or crazy glue should be done by adults only
  8. Cut a small piece of rainbow ribbon and glue it on.
  9. Let everything dry and cool completely .
  10. For the rainbow shaker Cut the necklace in.Pop in the pom poms. Glue the top and ribbon on as above.
  11. Play!  For the photos I had her in the crib so the bottle wouldn’t roll too far when I was trying to take a photo. I am not suggesting giving it to your infant for independent play, these discovery bottles are for closely supervised play only.

The rainbow one has lasted forever. 2 years later it’s still kicking!

Pot of Gold Treat Bag

pot of gold treat bags

Years ago I fell in love with this  Pot of Gold craft from Make and Takes and every year when I am brain storming St. Patrick’s Day crafts I keep going back to it. Well I wanted to make something similar for friends and family with materials I could get at the grocery store  , this is what I came up with !  Thanks to Marie for endless inspiration.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need black cupcake liners, clear treat bags, candy in gold wrappers , scissors and rainbow ribbon.
  2. Pop 2-3 cupcake liners for strength (or snack cups would work great!)into the treat bag and fill with gold candy.
  3. Cut your ribbon.
  4. Tie with ribbon to make a rainbow over it!
  5. Spread some lucky gold to friends and family.

Lucky Charms

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