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

Hand Print Shamrock

Handprint Four Leaf Clover

Hand print crafts are always fun to do and usually don’t get recycled even by me ( I rarely keep crafts).  For St.Patrick’s Day make this simple craft with all ages of kids, from toddlers who can just do the painting to school age kids who are perfectly able to do it with little to no help.  With little ones you will be doing a lot of cutting , it’s tricky to cut out hands even when you are full grown, but for something that doesn’t get recycled it’s well worth it.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some white paper,a sheet of orange construction paper, a marker, some green paint, a paint brush or roller, some gold glitter glue, scissors, and glue.4 Leaf Clover Craft
  2. Start by tracing your child’s hands 4 times. 4 Leaf Clover Craft
  3. Time to paint! 4 Leaf Clover Craft
  4. Add some gold glitter glue and let dry. 4 Leaf Clover Craft
  5. Cut out, I also cut out a stem from the extra around the hand prints. One of our hands didn’t survive, so our planned 4 leaf clover turned into a shamrock. 4 Leaf Clover Craft
  6. Add glue to the orange paper. 4 Leaf Clover Craft
  7. Add the stem and hands.  Let dry. Handprint Four Leaf Clover

Need more St.Patrick’s Day Activities ?

Green and Gold Sensory Tub

If you are preparing for St.Patrick’s Day or just urging spring and all the green that comes with it to hurry up and come this sensory tub activity is a must. So fun, so earthy and a huge huge mess. Seriously skip the mung beans, they roll when you sweep.  If you haven’t tried scooping activities with your child do, they love this and a little tub like this can lead to wonderful pretend play, basic understanding of measurement and is just plain fun!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some split peas, yellow lentils, mung beans ( if you dare… or have a drop cloth down), the green rice is called bamboo rice, some fun gold coins if you are doing a St.Patrick’s Day theme, and tools to scoop and pour. St.Patrick's Day Sensory Tub
  2. Pour your lentils, peas and rice into your tub.St.Patrick's Day Sensory Tub
  3. Add the gold coins and tools.
  4. Invite your child to play. St.Patrick's Day Sensory Tub
  5. Let them go. Find the gold, count them, hide them again, and just explore. St.Patrick's Day Sensory Tub
  6. This spill was much much larger than I managed to capture on camera.  Accidents are forgiven but pouring on the floor is not . He gets one warning then the tub goes up until later in the day when we try again.  Still it’s well worth it and still fun a few hours later too!St.Patrick's Day Sensory Tub

Looking for more Sensory play ideas?

Ice Cube Painting
Oatmeal Digging
Backyard Car Wash