Rainbow Crafts For Kids

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I love rainbow crafts and with St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching they seem to be one of the more popular searches on my site right now. Even if you aren’t celebrating St.Patrick’s Day rainbows are great preschool crafts for kids. To make it easier for you I rounded them all up so you can find what you need easily when it’s time to add a little color to craft time .

Pom Pom Rainbow Wreath
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub
Color Wheel Match
Scrap Paper Rainbow
Rainbow Color Match
Trash Rainbow Collage
Rainbow Discovery Bottle
Marshmallow Rainbow
Rainbow R Letter Craft
End Of The Rainbow – St. Patrick’s Day Treat Bags

Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub

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I know tomorrow is Valentine’s Day but my mind is already planning St.Patrick’s Day. If you need a Valentine’s Day craft idea we have those too but I had to share this because it was too much fun to keep to ourselves any longer. The major bonus of this project was that for toddlers who are putting everything in their mouths it’s no biggie if they take a bite. I added koolaid to make it smell great and sour to discourage eating it. This must be kept in the fridge so make some , you won’t regret it.

  1. Gather your materials. I used 6 foil pans I had on hand but any container will work to set the gelatin, you will need plain gelatin packets 4 per color, food color, spoons, a pot, measuring cups and koolaid for scent/added color. Also a big tub and some bath toys for playing. I have been asked why not just use jello. I didn’t want my kids to eat this – I wanted it to smell great but taste yucky. rainbow gelatin sensory tub
  2. Start by mixing your colors. I used koolaid mostly for scent but also for color.
  3. Make the gelatin. I used the recipe on the back of the knox gelatin box adjusting it to  1/2 as much liquid ( 1/2 cup of cool and 1 cup hot and 4 envelopes of gelatin) as the recipe called for to make it thicker for play using plain water with color/ koolaid in it. I made all 6 colors.rainbow gelatin sensory tub
  4. Let cool – I had to stack them in my fridge so I popped a few in the freezer for a minute to stiffen and totally forgot about this purple one… if froze, and was unusable. The kids didn’t miss it at all.
  5. When set slice into pieces. I used a knife then scraped it into the tub using a spatula.
  6. Add kids and toys. He was so excited he was bouncing, this is the best picture of many very blurry bouncy pictures I took.Rainbow Sensory Tub
  7.  You can probably tell we did this in our bathroom, please find a place where tiny bits of color won’t ruin anything. The gelatin won’t stain hands but can be absorbed into clothes and other fabrics. Please go somewhere where kids can have fun without you hovering and you won’t have to search for stain removers on Pinterest after this project. Our bathroom was perfect, I had a damp cloth handy for little bits that got shaken off hands or toys and flung all over. It also had a door to stop kids from running into the rest of the house before hands were washed. All this said it was still completely worth it.

    Rainbow Sensory Tub

  8. They stuck them on the side of the tub.
  9. Smelled it. Rainbow Sensory Tub
  10. Tasted it ( love my son’s face, he’s telling her not to eat it). Rainbow Sensory Tub
  11. Mixed them all up and had a blast. Rainbow Sensory Tub

St.Patrick’s Day Crafts- Old Favorites

Rainbows, Pots of Gold, Shamrocks and more. These are all our old favorite lucky St. Patrick’s Day crafts . I get asked if I ever repeat crafts and I do absolutely especially holiday ones. We played with the sensory tub featured here all year long . Remember kids aren’t as stuck to a calendar as we are so embrace it when they suggest a Christmas craft in February or make snowflakes in June. Often times kids like to make holiday crafts after they have experienced the holiday.

Scrap Paper Rainbow

Shamrock Garland

Marshmallow Rainbow

Gold Hunt

St.Patrick’s Day Sensory Tub

Leprechaun Beard

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.