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

Cork Painted Rainbow Craft

rainbow craft We love painting with corks because they make such fun polka dots and are perfect size for little hands. This was a fun exploration of rainbow colors and can be made to have a strict focus on order or you can have a more open ended view. Choose what works for your child. The goal for me was to talk about the colors and let her create. If you are looking for a way to teach the color order of a rainbow try this game we shared a few weeks ago.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper, scissors, corks, paint in rainbow colors, and a plate or tray to place them on. You may also want some painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.cork painted rainbows

Start by cutting the paper into an arc. We chatted a little about what other things are shaped like that. Headbands, earphones, and the door on her princess castle.cork painted rainbow craft for kids

Next set up the cork in the different rainbow colors.cork painted rainbow for kids

I arranged the tray in the middle of the arc for easy painting but do whatever is comfortable.cork painted rainbow craft for kids

Paint.cork painting rainbows st. patrick's day craftMy daughter grabbed the corks in order but painted them starting in the inner arc. Depending on your goal for this activity you could direct your child or students to start on the outer arc and make sure to stay within the correct order. This was not my goal. rainbowAt three I want her to explore and play with the colors but most of all I want her to enjoy creating her own art.painting with corks rainbows

Link & Learn { Activities For Kids Linky }

kids activitiesWhat did you do this week? Don’t tell us, show us by linking up!

Link & Learn is packed with great links so even if you aren’t a blogger ( and most of you aren’t) you use these links to catch up with the best kid bloggers around. I am blown away by the posts every week. If you haven’t linked up before jump on in and make this week the first week you do. Also let me know in comments if you are new to Link & Learn so I can welcome you.



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

Spring Crafts For Kids

easy spring crafts Spring is almost here but I just can’t wait. I gave in to my daughter’s request to get our Easter decorations out and love all the fun colors surrounding us now. I am not ready to share new Easter crafts just yet but I am ready to share our favorite spring crafts with you today along with some favorites from other blogs like Inner Child Fun and Red Ted Art Blog. Here are 21 activities and spring crafts for kids that I think are perfect for this season.

Butterfly Color Matching
Tissue Paper Japanese Cherry Tree
Soda Pop Bottle Flower Prints from Inner Child Fun
Coffee Filter Butterflies
Marshmallow Painted Bunnies
Indoor Bug Hunt
Yarn Nest

Sticky Window Flower Garden for Toddlers
Flower Garden Sticky Window
Easy Bird Bath
Spring Twig Tree from Rainbows Within Reach
Mud Soup
Alphabet Flower Garden
Cupcake Liner Umbrellas
Nature Scissor Practice

coffee filter snail suncatcher craft for kids
Coffee Filter Snails
Bunny Ears Hat
Egg Shell Cress Heads from Red Ted Art
Rainy Day Puzzle Hunt
Flower Petal Place Mats
Spring Sensory Tub
Spring Garden Mural

What are you most looking forward to this spring? I will be asking my Facebook community that today and would love for you to chime in!