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.

Leprechaun Craft – Make A Beard

beard craft

When I was brainstorming St. Patrick’s Day ideas I thought why not make a leprechaun beard! You can find hats for nothing at big box stores but no where had any beards. Here is an easy tutorial for your older leprechaun in training. My son was sleeping when I made this but has played with it numerous times since it’s creation, though it’s more of a monster mask on him!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of construction paper, one for the base and 2 bright orange for the hair. Some yarn, scissors, a pencil, glue and a hole punch.
  2. Start by drawing a beard on the paper, I put it up to my face and measured from ear to ear.
  3. Cut out .
  4. For the hair you want to cut the orange construction paper into strips
  5. Roll them tightly around the pencil to make a curl.
  6. Glue them to the beard, starting at the bottom
  7. Keep going
  8. Let dry
  9. Punch holes for the yarn
  10. Add the yarn for the ties
  11. put it on !

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.

 

Easy St.Patrick’s Day Treats

 

shamrock treat for st.patrick's day

I am pretty health conscious , especially when it comes to what my family eats, but treats are not banned and candy has a special place in my heart. When my son and I made both the treats in this post he turned up his nose at the sugary one and gobbled up two spinach and banana popsicles in a row! I was proud and it made up for all the marshmallows he ate while we were making the shamrocks. You can win every time right?

Shamrock Crispy Rice Treats

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 5 1/2 cups of marshmallows, 5 1/2 cups of rice crispy type cereal, 1/4 cup of butter, green sprinkles, green candies , some non stick spray , a large sauce pan , 2 baking sheets and a shamrock cookie cutter. * I had food coloring out but didn’t end up using it, the sparkles bled enough.
  2. Stir the green sparkles and candies into the cereal.
  3. Melt the butter over low heat .
  4. Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and stir until smooth.
  5. Add the cereal mix.
  6. Mix well
  7. Put the mix onto one baking sheet that has been sprayed with baking spray
  8. Press down with the 2nd, this compacts it down perfectly
  9. Let cool in your fridge for an hour.
  10. Cut out with cookie cutter and enjoy.
St.Patrick's Day Pops for toddlers

These are my son’s favorite smoothies ( ooobies) poured into a popsicle mold
  1. Gather your materials. You will need a blender, banana or vanilla yogurt,some milk, frozen spinach,a very ripe banana and popsicle molds.
  2. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend.
  3. Pour into the mold and freeze for at least 3 hours.
  4. Pop out and enjoy!

Toddler Friendly Shamrock Craft

St.Patrick’s Day is on the way and here is our first lucky craft! I love making collages because they offer wide boundaries and can be a small easy craft or for older children it can go on and on with layers of materials and textures.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( cereal boxes are perfect weight) , a marker, green paint or crayons, glue, and various green collage material. I am using pom poms , tissue paper and felt.
  2. Draw a shamrock on the cereal box.
  3. Have your child paint or color the shamrock.
  4. While they are painting take a second to cut the tissue paper, and felt into small pieces.
  5. When the shamrock is dry,add the glue
  6. Add your collage materials. There is no wrong way to do this, so have fun !
  7. Let dry and cut out.

 

Books!

For few great St. Patrick’s Day Books you have to check out
Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile
This blog is wonderful, the reviews and age recommendations are spot on.
I think you should bookmark this link for sure.